Honestly . . . I’ve never owned a Kenda tire. Kyle and some other folks I ride with like them, but I’ve been sticking with IRC and Michelin for many years. The tires that I’ve been using for nearly two decades have been a good balance between performance and longevity.
As noted in the previous report, I was impressed with the Kenda Equilibrium in the first outing. Well the second outing cinched it for me. I’ll have to say that it is just plain awesome! It has most all of the positive features of a trials tire coupled with knobby-type performance when it counts.
I hit every side hill trail, tackled some muddy ruts, climbed a couple rocky ledges, even pushed it a little in the grass. In each instance, it did better than I expected. It’s performance on side hills was impressive. Jesse also noted how it excelled in those situations.
The next test will be a trip around the Red Bird Crest Trail. A good 75 mile loop should expose any weak points if they do exist. I can see using this tire for all but 2-3 months a year and it could even do well out West. Jesse said he may try using his in Idaho this year, but for there, I’m still inclined to stick with a pure trials tire.
Actually, I liked it so much, that I ordered another one!
See you on the trail!