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Old 02-06-08, 08:20 PM
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Review: Kenda Excavators.




The tires just came today, threw them on the fisher. Since the weather was really nice today, headed out for a thorough thrashing of the new tires.

The excavators do not look anything like what they do on kenda's website or in the catalog. Neither of those do the tires justice, the tires have nice large sized knobs on them. Which produces a much more stable tire. Despite the larger blockier knobs, the excavators roll quickly, maybe slightly quicker than the nevegals that I love so much. Anyways the tires are very predictable and consistent when cornering, seem to dig well when under braking and riding in loose conditions. Newly mounted on the rims they measured out to be 26"x2.353" will likely stretch out to be more like a 26"x2.42" after a couple of rides. These tires have a scary resemblance to the old Tioga Comp 3 bmx tires.

Overall, when I initially saw the tires online, they had my interest, now that I have them, they have lived up to what I wanted in a tire so far.
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DANG! Those look sweet! what was the price damage?
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Let's just say it would keep you stocked with connection trails for a really long time, I have 4 sets of these tires.
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DANG! Those look sweet! what was the price damage?
If ordered through a shop, they will most likely charge $39-$49 a piece.
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The pattern looks eerily similar to the Cheng Shin 'Barum copies' that I used to run on my 125.
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The pattern looks eerily similar to the Cheng Shin 'Barum copies' that I used to run on my 125.
It's a shame that cheng shin makes the ardent.
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^^Haha - - Yeah, they're another one of those "who don't they manufacture for?" companies.
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Newly mounted on the rims they measured out to be 26"x2.353" will likely stretch out to be more like a 26"x2.42" after a couple of rides.
Are you sure they might not be able to stretch out to 2.43" or maybe even 2.44"?
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The nevegals I had stretched to 2.42.
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These guys with digital calipers - - god bless Harbor Freight.
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