The Kenda Alluvium Pro hits the mark as being both a fast and grippy tyre for gravel adventures and highly capable on the road. Though they struggle a little in the mud, they hold their own on dusty dry tracks and rough, rocky trails. With easy tubeless setup and a price to match the competition, these would be a great choice if you plan some adventure miles this summer.
- Pros: Grippy low-profile knobs making for low rolling resistance and fast riding
- Cons: Tough time in any significant mud
Starting in their natural habitat, the Alluvium Pros find impressively high levels of grip on dry, dusty tracks, making for some fast times on your local trails. Even in the wet, with a little lower tyre pressure, the low-profile tread holds its own and gives you confidence to bank the bike in the corners. On rockier terrain, the Alluvium Pros stay strong, absorbing impacts well with minimal issue when run at both higher pressure with tubes and medium pressure tubeless.
Stay clear of any significant mud, or you'll find yourself needing some serious torque control to avoid a spinning rear wheel, but hopefully the worst of the mud is drying up now. And what the Kenda tyre may lack here, it more than makes up for on the gravel and road.
Designed to be 'as capable on pavement as single track trails', the Alluvium Pros do ride rather nicely on the road. The low rolling resistance thanks to the low-profile knobs makes for fast, responsive tyres, including in the rain. Finding the right mid-range pressure balance helps to soften out the rough roads, while the single tread rubber compound provides all the grip you need.
The transition to the slightly larger outer tread knobs always feels a little strange when cornering at speed on tarmac, but at no point do you feel on the edge of grip. This extra tread is well worth it when cornering in the dirt.
I have to say I applaud Kenda for providing a simplistic range of options for its Alluvium Pros. There are four sizes to choose from: 700C x 35, 40 and 45mm, and 650B x 45mm. All are folding bead, tubeless ready and have a thread count of 120TPI.
Other tyres, including the Donnelly X'Plor MSOs which I tested a while back, have more options for thread count, widths and non-tubeless. Personally, I like how you can just make a simple choice based on your bike's tyre clearance and know you're getting the best configuration.
You may disagree if you want a cheaper option that has a lower thread count or you don't need them to be tubeless ready, but for anyone new to gravel riding it's nice to just pick the size and point it down the trail.
The Alluvium Pro has a GCT (gravel casing technology) protective casing from bead to bead, allowing the tubeless conversion, helping with sidewall reinforcement and sub-tread protection. Kenda itself only rates the tyre protection at 3/5, but I was impressed. Despite running tubes for a while on some rocky trails, I had no flats during testing. That was partly from running higher pressure with tubes, but even when tubeless there were no issues of slashes or cuts to the sidewall or tread.
Wear and tubeless setup
Tyre wear was also minimal over the two months of testing despite some road miles mixed in with the gravel. A little pressure loss over a few rides was noticeable when running tubeless, but nothing out of the ordinary. Although the initial mounting of the tyre was easy enough when converting to tubeless, you will likely need a tubeless inflator because of the high volume of air needed to get the beads seated.
At £50 they're on a par with some and cheaper than others: they're a penny more than the Bontrager GR2 TLR tyres, for example, and £15 cheaper than the Donnelly X'Plor MSOs I mentioned earlier.
Last point to note is that Kenda has added a reflective 'Hot Patch' to the sidewall of the tyre to help with visibility in low light situations. I can't say I noticed it making a huge difference, but still a nice touch on the ever critical safety issue.
The Kenda Alluvium Pro tyre is a confidence-boosting, fast option to fill your summer adventure needs at a price matching the competition. Any cyclo-cross fans out there might want to consider it for their summer racing, provided your league isn't too strict on tyre widths. Personally, it's my tyre of choice for my gravel riding.
Excellent summer adventure tyre to get you flying along the trails or quiet lanes
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Kenda Alluvium Pro
Size tested: 700 x 40
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Kenda Alluvium Pro is an all-new gravel and adventure tire that is as capable on pavement as it is on hard conditions single track trails. A tread design optimized for speed, with low profile knobs to aid in reducing rolling resistance, combined with a new single tread rubber compound, the Alluvium offers speed and grip. The GCT casing wraps the tire from bead to bead with a secondary casing layer acting as a shield against punctures and sidewall slashes. Tubeless set is made even easier with the GCT casing.
Do endless miles of dirt road call to you? Are you looking for a boost to your speed in the next gravel grinder? Or maybe you are planning a cross-country trek and want the quickest and most durable tire possible; look no further than the Alluvium Pro.
A gravel crushing tire to rule them all.
GCT casing for tubeless conversion, sidewall reinforcement, and sub-tread protection.
Reflective Hot Patch on the tire adds visibility in low light situations
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Single Tread Compound
- Kenda GCT casing allowing tubeless conversion, sidewall reinforcement and sub-tread protection.
- Tubeless ready
- Folding bead
- 120 TPI thread count
- Size range of 700x35C, 40C, 45C & 650x45C
- Reflective Hot Patch on side wall to improve visibility
No faults on the tyre construction. No loose threads or centre forming line visible. Well folded and packaged product.
Fantastic grip in their designed conditions on gravel, tarmac and very light mud. Struggle in any considerable mud because of the low-profile knobs, but the low rolling resistance and high speed elsewhere more than makes up for it. Perform well both at high and low pressure as well as on tough rocky trails provided you take some care.
No significant signs of wear in the couple of months riding so far. No slashes or cuts formed despite some pretty rough testing on the trails. No flat tyres when running with tubes and no issues when running tubeless either.
A little heavier than some of its competitors.
Rides nicely on the trails at mid to low pressure and comfortable on the road at high pressure too. Not very forgiving at high pressure on the trails, but then you wouldn't usually choose to do that.
On a par with or slightly cheaper than comparable gravel tyre brands. Great performance, so worth the money if you're aiming for plenty of gravel miles this summer.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Ticks every box it was designed for. Good on the road, great on dusty trails and easy to set up tubeless.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fast-rolling tyre with grip that fills you with confidence when pushing it.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Struggles in mud.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Same price as the Bontrager GR2 TLR tyres and cheaper than the Donnelly X'Plor MSOs.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Excellent at what they're designed for, with great grip on the trail, gravel tracks and tarmac. Only drawback is the lack of grip in the mud, but still a great summer adventure tyre.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCX My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives