Designed for intermediate to hard packed conditions the Slant Six cyclo-cross tyre with its plethora of little blocks looks like Kenda's Small Block Eight on steroids.
The Small Block Eight is a great cyclo-cross clincher tyre for when you want to go leg blurringly fast off-road but it's a little fragile and there only has to be the suggestion of moisture in the air for it to get arm flailingly slippery. A more robust and grippier version is a welcome thing.
Although it's a bit slower than a race tyre, there's nothing especially wrong with Kenda's Domestique training tubular. Except for the basic idea. Why would you train on tubulars?
These Kenda Super Domestique tubulars are fast rolling and they're durable too.
Kenda are best known for their mountain bike tyres but they do a whole road range as well. The Super Domestique sits in the middle of their three-model tubular line-up.
Fitting was easy enough... Well, as easy as fitting tubs ever is. I put them on some wheels unglued overnight to stretch them out and they were fine to fit the following day.
Need a tyre for your wheelbarrow? Kenda make one. Need a tyre for your wheelchair? Kenda make one. Need a tyre for your fork-lift? You can get one from Kenda. Need a tyre for your bicycle? Kenda can help out there too, thankfully no matter what the bicycle they even have a selection for cyclocross bicycles which includes the Kwicker.
Kenda is known as a budget brand, and the Kadence tyre is not expensive, but it does a jolly good job for the price.
On picking up one of these tyres, the first thing I noticed was the low weight. The Kenda website claims 197g per tyre (the all-black version) and 205g (with colour hoops) - plus/minus 10g. On the road.cc scales the colour hoop versions we've got for test weighed in at 203g each.
Kenda’s Small Block 8 700x32 are a sprightly and durable tyre representing good value for riders of cross bikes and higher end hybrids liking a blend of asphalt and loose, dry singletrack. However, trade-off in terms of mud churning prowess prevents me recommending them as outright competition rubber for mid winter cross meets but this aside, they’re nigh on perfect for three season’s fun.
Named for their road holding prowess and serpentine tread pattern, Kenda’s Konstrictors have been among the most rewarding mid price 23mm road tyres I’ve used though they're a pig to mount when new, even aboard very traditional rims. Incorporating the brands “Iron Curtain” technology not only safeguards against punctures but forms part of the wall structure, combining speed, handling prowess and durability in a lightweight package.
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