Kenda Hel­lkat Pro RSR AGC 27.5x2.4in tyre £50

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

This is a full-on, high-grip, max-se­cu­rity en­duro/park tyre, with a tall (20mm) side­wall re­in­force­ment skirt above the bead to sta­bilise it at even mid-teen pres­sures. Three sep­a­rate belts of Kevlar sit un­der the crown and shoul­ders to keep the top­side mo­bile but fend off cuts and tears. The re­sult is a tyre that feels more ‘alive’ than a dual-ply bomber but has lasted in­cred­i­bly well, even af­ter smash­ing round the ’Ard Rock En­duro course on the front of a tan­dem. Add an open, slightly ramped block tread in Kenda’s ‘Race Stick-E Rub­ber’ com­pound (firm un­der­neath, 42A on top) and you’ve got a re­li­ably su­per­grippy and com­mu­nica­tive tyre. At 1,135g and with a sticky com­pound all over, it’s a bit slow, but there’s a 300g lighter ‘DTC’ ver­sion for trail use, which blows up to a proper 2.4in (61mm), whereas the AGC is un­der­sized at 57mm. Guy www.moore­large.co.uk

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