Mountain Biking - Nevegal 2.35" ride report.
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Well I'm a little dissapointed. I went to my in-law's this weekend to hang out and ride at Crawford County State Park on my new Kenda Nevegal 2.35's. I have ridden this trail before on a hardtail with Hutchinson Pythons and Bontrager Jones ACX 2.2's. I enjoyed it then, but all the rocks and roots beat me up.
This ride was on my Jamis Dakar XLT with the Nevegal 2.35's. I rode about 4 miles of the trail and decided to quit. Within the 4 miles that I rode, I picked about 15 ticks off me. I stopped about every 1/2 mile to check my ankles. The grass was so overgrown it was terrible.
The course is typical KS singletrack with lots of rocks and roots peeking through the face of the trail. I was really making good time when I quit, I just couldn't stand the stupid ticks.
As far as the tires go, INCREDIBLE!!! They hooked up on loose dirt so well, I could barely force them to slip. When I rode back to the car on the pavement, they were soo dang fast. Very low rolling resistance. Cornering? Fah'get'about'it. These things hook up on the hills and corners better than my Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1's, better then the Bontrager Jones ACX 2.2's, and to be fair to the Hutchison Python 2.1"...we just won't go there.
I can see why MBAction rated this the #1 All Mountain tire last year.
06-10-06, 11:41 PM
I am running the 2.1 Nevegals and they are amazing! I am easily running an extra 15psi in them compared to my Panaracers and i am still getting better all over traction. Like you said, cornering is amazing, absolutley amazing. I'm never washing out on the small stuff anymore, i dig in and roll through. Very grippy on a range of terrain, havn't tried them in the wet yet either.
Another plus, very good non-rolling resistence! The DTC compound means they roll fast when straigh, grip on climbs and dont wash out on corners :D.
Damn it, I want mine NOW! :D
Siu Blue Wind
06-11-06, 01:35 AM
06-11-06, 02:27 AM
eBay is your friend. I picked the pair up for $50AUD delivered :).
06-11-06, 10:41 AM
Cornering? Fah'get'about'it. These things hook up on the hills and corners better than my Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1's, better then the Bontrager Jones ACX 2.2's
Now try a Blue Groove on the front.
06-11-06, 11:06 AM
Chelboad, how much do you weigh and what PSI are you running? as far as ticks, spray some OFF or the like before you ride. they HATE that stuff.
I was running into them and was finding them when they bit while I was still riding. the Deet laced stuff like OFF really works. they have some out there now that is for sports too, meaning it wont wash off with sweat.
Im running Cinders now and want to save weight on my next set of tires but will not give up performance for weight. Im running them at 30psi and weigh right at 200# plus gear. Im leaning toward Nevagel or IRC Seracs.
thanks for the review. please come back down the road and rereview them for endurance and long term performance. I get about 1500-2k off road miles on my Cinders and am wondering about comparisons like that and how well the outer treads hold up in rock gardens, etc. the Cinders are bullet/bombproof but a little heavy.
Thanks for the anti-tick info. I have always been skeptical about bug spray b/c I do sweat so much. I'll try the sport stuff.
Well...I'm about 185# and my bike weighs 31#. I started the Nevegals out at 40 PSI b/c I like to get a little nutty sometimes and jump off stuff. If I were riding singletrack only, I would run around 30-35 PSI. If I were jumping stair gaps and big urban stuff I'd bump it up to 50 PSI.
I was running my Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1's at around 35 PSI and, like a dufus, I rode down a large set of stairs. When I got to the bottom and pulled back on the bars to ease into the sidewalk...my rear tire bottomed out on the rim and dinged it a bit.
Now, I have a bigger volume tire and I never know what I'm going to get myself into therefore I will probably run around 40 PSI. I usually ride to the trail on pavement and I may jump some stairs on the way, so I don't wanna drop it too low. At 40 PSI I don't notice any traction issues, though I'm sure grip on the Stick-E compound would be UNREAL with lower pressure.
Seriously, I am so impressed with the Stick-E compound. They're worth it for that reason alone.
I guess when I lay these things to rest, I'll do a follow-up review though I don't keep track of mileage...sorry. I have a Cateye on my XC bike, but these tires are on my 5" Trailbike. I don't really care how many miles I go when I ride that bike, I do however like to watch my speed every so-often just to see how fast I do a descent...blah, blah, blah.
One of the biggest things I've noticed about the Nevegal's over my Fire 2.1's is the cornering stability. Obviously the wider tire will be more stable, but I find myself leaning over so much more than I ever did with the Panaracers. I'm sure the Cinders that you run are a bit better than the Fire given the size, but I can't imagine them hangin' with the Kendas.
06-11-06, 07:28 PM
thanks, Ill keep that in mind when getting new tires but the Cinder 2.25s are WAY WAY better than Fire 2.1s in all categories except weight.
the thing I didnt like about Weirwolfs is you Have to lean hard or you will wash out. the Cinders work well for folks like me that are getting ready for the next turn and not leaning in any harder than needed, though it is NICE to be able to let my knee touch the ground in a curve without fear of washout, even in loose stuff
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