The Kenda 24Seven Race tire, in the Tinker Juarez signature
series, may sound like a tire for cross-country endurance racers—and it is, but this $63 race tire is no one-trick pony.
Tech features: Our 24Seven Race tire was made with
Kenda’s DTC tread compound that uses a 60 durometer rubber
in the center and a tackier Stick-E 50 durometer rubber on the
side knobs. The folding-bead tires sported Kenda’s SCT certification, which means they are suitable for fluid-based tubeless
conversion systems. Our 26x2.0 tires weighed exactly 1 pound,
1.4 ounces each.
Field test results: The 24Seven Race tire mounted easily to
both Reynolds MTN AM carbon fiber wheels and Stan’s ZTR
Podium MMX wheels. In both cases, we ran the tires tubeless
for the duration of our test.
The tires mounted to the Stan’s wheels were slapped on a
Trek Top Fuel dual-suspension cross-country race bike. This is
the type of bike the 24Seven Race tire is intended for. The
results were impressive across the board. The tires got up to
speed quickly, and holding or building momentum was no problem on both hard and soft surfaces. We found they rolled best
on hard-packed courses if you upped the air pressure above the
32 psi mark (a Tinker influence?). We were just as surprised to
KENDA 24SEVEN RACE TIRES
;;;;; Delivers above-average value and performance
;;;;; Recommended for intended application
;;;;; Shows potential but has drawbacks
;;;;; Save your hard-earned bucks
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conditions required it (soft or muddy). They still provided
plenty of sidewall support and minimal rolling resistance.
Braking performance was better than we expected from the
low-profile, minimalist center and side knobs.
The real fun began when we mounted the tires on the
Reynolds wheels and slapped them on a 5-inch-travel trailbike. Now, we understand, Kenda makes a slew of tires better suited for a trailbike, but they are heavier and wider,
with much more aggressive knob patterns. Our experiment,
which would be expensive for you to try at $63 a pop, was
to see if they could stand up to trail-riding conditions while
getting some weight off the wheels and reducing rolling
resistance. Did it work? Yes and no.
The bike looked weird with the narrow tires. They just
didn’t appear meaty enough to take the trailbike challenge.
After the first crank rotation, however, we couldn’t care less
how they looked. The bike was noticeably faster from a dead
stop, and the wheels felt pounds lighter. They did show their
limitations on downhills and during loose cornering, where
they just couldn’t equal the confidence of a Nevegal. Braking
performance was also reduced (we swapped the direction of
the rear tire, which helped a bit). It certainly wasn’t a totally
failed experiment, though. If your trails are fast, smooth and
devoid of nasty descents, why pedal around more tire than
necessary? The 24Seven Race tire is a neat way to shave
weight and reduce rolling resistance.
On a cross-country race bike, it is all systems go. These are
Another fence sitter that plays on both sides
fast rollers that can be used as a set, or mixed and matched
with Kenda’s Slant Six and Small Block Eight tires for a true
custom-ride blend. ;
Fast slicer: The
24Seven Race tires
are directional, but
that doesn’t mean
More bite than bark: The relatively low-profile tread is aided
by Kenda’s mixture of tacky rubber to give the 24Sevens more
bite than you’d expect.