We often say that the only true cyclocross-specific component, besides a frame and fork, is the cyclocross tire. And thus it’s often the first thing we, as tire geeks, seek out at Interbike. Just a few days ago, we . But with some dedicated digging we found new tires from Kenda, Vittoria and Clement on display at Interbike 2010.
I use the Kenda Triple rear for hard-packed applications, I actually used the Triple rear all season in the EnduroCross series because if it’s ability to grip logs, rocks, tires and many of the other obstacles. In GNCC/Hare Scrambles I use it occasionally, mostly when the terrain is rocky, hard-pack or silty with hard-pack underneath the surface. The Triple rear has great wear, exceptional traction and predictable characteristics to make it one of my favorite tires in the conditions listed. I would say as far as a medium-hard terrain tire the Kenda Triple is hands down the best I have tried and raced with!
Both tires feature Kenda’s DTC technology, which means two different hardness of rubber are used to form the tread (harder in the center for durability and rolling resistance, softer on the edges for grip). But the biggest news is that both new tires will be available in a 32c version that offers Kenda’s new SCT rubber – a new sealant-compatible rubber that should resist even the more corrosive sealants when used as a tubeless tire. We hope Kenda will also offer its wider 35c in the SCT tubeless-ready rubber.