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The top 6 best Kenda 26 inch mountain bike tires for 2023

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best Kenda 26 inch mountain bike tires

Kenda is a legendary tire brand from the early days of mountain biking. They’ve been out of the spotlight for a while, giving the opportunity for other big brands like Maxxis and Continental took take center stage is this highly competitive industry.

But with the introduction of some excellent high-quality tires they forced people to take notice. And the tires that command respect you’ll be able to find here. Mainly their Pro lineup with the Regolith, Booster, and Hellkat are prominently featured.

Should you decide to move more into the gravel space and away from rougher trail riding, they also offer a number of great touring and gravel options for 26 inch wheels.

So here they are, the best Kenda 26 inch mountain bike tires.

Kenda 3-Sixty

The Kenda 3-Sixty is a semi-slick tire meant for slopestyle that also comes in a 26 inch version.

The tire comes in a standard black and a creme tread pattern. But the color isn’t just there for looks, but denotes a difference in functionality. The creme version uses a rubber compound that is ideal for dry condition tracks. While the black tread rubber is the perfect solution for wet conditions.

Kenda 3-Sixty Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
multiple colors available, fast rolling
Reasons to avoid
different colors have different characteristics

Kenda Booster Pro

The Kenda Booster Pro is the only 26 inch XC tire on this list that comes in a 2.4 inch width.

It’s unfortunate I don’t have the weight and rolling resistance numbers for that version of the tire.

The knobs are extremely densely packed with 6 in a row, so you know the tire is meant for speed and will loose it’s grip very fast in wet conditions.

It looks very similar to the Continental Race King RaceSport with its arrowhead like tread pattern, making it ideal for cross country and dirt jumping.

Kenda Booster Pro Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Durable and lightweight XC and dirt jumping tire
Reasons to avoid
None

Kenda Hellkat Pro

The only 26 inch option left in Kenda’s lineup for allround trail, enduro, and downhill purposes.

Unlike other brands like Maxxis, Schwalbe, and Continental, Kenda seems to be moving away from 26 inch tires for their premium lineup. Although an understandable move it’s still a shame. It means that for downhill you’ll have to settle for the Kenda Hellkat over the Kenda Pinner.

Nonetheless the Kenda Hellkat is an impressive offering which propels the brand back among its peers. The Maxxis DHF’s and Schwalbe Magic Mary’s have been at the top of downhill lists for a very long time know, so it’s good to see Kenda taking a shot with this tire that has excellent traction and durability characteristics.

Kenda Hellkat Pro Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Solid allround trail tire
Reasons to avoid
None

Kenda Kranium

A good companion for on the road, the Kenda Kranium is a great allround alternative if you mean to take your 26 inch bike in the city rather than in the woods.

The 2.1 inch width fill fit any mountain bike frame, and the tread pattern is fast-rolling enough for both dry and wet conditions.

Kenda Kranium Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Fantastic allround option, affordable
Reasons to avoid
None

Kenda Kwick Drumlin

The Kenda Kwick Drumlin is a tire designed for the long haul. Its ride-anywhere tread pattern is designed to be used on every type of surface. And the the deep channeling structure means it’ll inspire confidence under wet circumstances as well.

It’s a heavy tire for the rider who doesn’t want to worry about flats, rather than to cross the finish line first. The tire comes in the standard K-Shield and K-Shield Plus version, with the latter adding a significant amount of extra puncture protection atop a tire already well equipped to be long lasting.

The Kenda Kwick Drumlin is a perfect tire for standard road use and for commuting purposes. If you want to be able to use your bike all year long without worries, this is the tire for you.

Kenda Kwick Drumlin Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allround tire, plush ride, durable puncture protection
Reasons to avoid
None

Kenda Regolith Pro

The Kenda Regolith Pro is similar to Schwalbe’s Nobby Nic, and as such can be used in combination with the Booster Pro as a front tire.

It’s a very solid allround option, if you want to move your bike into the direction of becoming more surefooted on the trail.

Also coming in a 2.40 inch version it means you can have a low tire pressure, grippy combo to get you through the corners. And you have to worry less when the conditions become more wet and muddy.

Kenda Regolith Pro Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Durable allround tire
Reasons to avoid
None

Specifications Kenda 26 inch mountain bike tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
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Kenda 3-Sixty
26×2.25
57-559
583
Creme
Black
Single
Tubeless Race
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Kenda 3-Sixty
26×2.25
57-559
598
Black
Black
Single
Tubeless Race
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Kenda Booster Pro
26×2.25
57-559
534
Black
Black
TR
SCT
tlr
 
Kenda Booster Pro
26×2.40
61-559
618
Black
Black
Single
 
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Kenda Hellkat Pro
26×2.40
60-559
807
Black
Black
Dual
 
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Kenda Kranium
26×2.10
54-559
665
Black
Black
 
 
foldable
 
Kenda Kwick Drumlin
26×2.00
51-559
1371
Black
Black
 
 
wired
 
Kenda Kwick Drumlin
26×2.00
51-559
928
Black
Black
 
 
wired
 
Kenda Kwick Drumlin
26×2.20
56-559
1493
Black
Black
 
 
wired
 
Kenda Kwick Drumlin
26×2.20
56-559
981
Black
Black
 
 
wired
 
Kenda Regolith Pro
26×2.40
61-559
692
Black
Black
TR
SCT
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Bicycle tire puncture resistance

EXO, GreenGuard, AGC, AEC, ATC, do you ever get confused with all the jargon related to puncture protection. I know I did? That’s why I’ve written a separate article about puncture resistance technologies. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what’s out there and if it’s worth your money.

Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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