Kenda's C2C is a proven performer over long distances, scoring a third place in the Race Across America (RAAM), and it's a good performer over here too, though it fares best on smoother tarmac
The name of MTB legend Tinker Juarez isn't one you might expect to find on a road bike tyre but the man's as much of a machine on the tarmac as he is on the singletrack, and designed the C2C in conjunction with Kenda for his 2006 RAAM ride. The general idea is that the slightly raised centre strip lowers rolling resistance while the basket-weave tread offers extra grip in the corners. It's fairly light at 210g, and the casing is pretty supple. The C2C isn't designed to be hardy at the expense of weight but there's been no flats during testing, so the 'Iron Cloak' construction seems to be working. It's available in all black or a gold/black/gold stripe.
The ride is smooth and quiet on the flats and straights. The C2C is rated to 125psi but we ran a more rear-friendly 100psi and they rolled very well on the harder compound central strip. It's difficult to say whether the basket-weave tread improves cornering grip but there's plenty of it on offer, and the tyres are pretty well behaved on most surfaces, through they're better the smoother the surface which is probably explained by their highway-mile-eating origins.
A different option for the mile eaters out there
road.cc test report
Make and model: Kenda C2C 700x23c tyre
Size tested: 700x23c
Did you enjoy using the product? yes
Would you consider buying the product? yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 190cm Weight: 100kg
I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.