Over the past yr my rubber of choice has been the Kenda Nevergal, a tried and tested old favourite, but as the weather turned, on went a Schwalbe Magic Mary.
The Mary grips, that’s well known, but I could not cope with the drag, so temporarily, on went a continental trailking (no the best in the wet).
Today, this was replaced with a Kenda Hellkat pro 2.4, with a visually similar tread pattern to the Mary. I was keen to find out how it rolled.
It rolled well. Far less drag than the Mary on tarmac and cinder, BUT, how did it perform in the slop and on the slippy stuff?
I was gobsmacked. A real tyre to give confidence, although it needs to be worked. If you feel the front end slipping at all, just get a touch more weight over it, rather than panic and back away from the expected off – the Hellkat finds more and more grip.
It’s wire rimmed, was VERY easy to get on the wheel and made a pleasant CRACK as it seated on the bead. It was probably the easiest rubber I have ever put on tubeless.
They Hellkat’s are currently stocked by Expert Bike Repair in Rotherham.
Excellent grip if worked
Could be lighter (but at what cost?)