Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    211

    Kenda Excavator DTC

    Thinking about trying some of these. Maybe a 2.1 rear and a 2.35 front. How do these work for the classic Phx area rocky but loose terrain?

    If you run these, what pressures do you like and do they last?

    For the record, not a fan of the Nevegal, especially on the front.

    Other Kendas that you really like here in Phx.?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: scaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    104
    I had them for a bit and was NOT happy. Knobbies fell off and I didn't like the way they hooked up (especially at SoMo). I was running the Nevegals and honestly, that tire, while it has been hit or miss, has been my favorite for trails around here. Short and sweet, if you didn't like the Nevegals I would be hesitant to try the Excavators. Just my 2 cents...
    "It's not how good you are, it's how good you look!"

  3. #3
    Pivotal figure
    Reputation: kenbentit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    6,373
    My experience has been the exact opposite. I've been running those tires on my DH and trail bikes for over a year now and I'm completely happy with them. No problems with knobbies tearing and they wear very well. I'm running both the dual ply and kevlar versions. Cornering is exactly like I want, aggressive and predictable. I haven't tried the smaller version so I'm not sure how the handling/wear will change (I run 2.35 or 2.5). My pressures are usually 30 psi rear and 28 front.
    Desert Sunset Calls/Upward, Pain, Perseverance/Welcome Solitude

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: 'size's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    2,103
    i have no experience with the tire but i figured i'd throw this out there.

  5. #5
    Pivotal figure
    Reputation: kenbentit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    6,373
    Yeah, he's very big on custom tuning tread. I got to talk to him for a while at last year's Interbike and he had some good insight. Waiting to try out the next version when it's released...
    Desert Sunset Calls/Upward, Pain, Perseverance/Welcome Solitude

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    211

    Good info.

    Thank you.

    The excavator has very high ratings here on MTBR. But that is from riders all over. I found that while many like the Nevegal, I did not here in AZ.

    So trying to get a feel for how AM riders here in AZ like the excavator for both front and rear applications. Also size and pressure.

    Thanks again.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: tonebone2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    178
    I really liked the Nevegal here for about a month or two until all the knobs started popping off. A year later I ended up with another one, but this one is a 2.3 UST instead of the 2.1 tubed that fell apart. It seems like it really makes a big difference on that tire between the two. The bigger UST version has been fine so far and performs pretty well. Don't know about the excavator though

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,044
    I run the 2.5 nevegal ft and the 2.35 rear , I use the non UST stick-E version and they are run tubeless, I love these at somo .

    I wear them out at about the 5 to 6 week mark ( I ride alot ) I am going to run the excavator here shortly when I run through my supply of nevegals , I have 2 set left so it wont be long now.
    I have wanted to try these Excavators for some time now

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    211

    Cool

    I think I am gonna try a pair.

    proly 2.3 front and 2.1 rear. I read that even the 2.1 is more like a 2.2. Start at 30 front and rear and go from there

    I will report back..

    Thank you.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    1,382
    I took kenny's advice and could not be happier with these tires. Favorite tire now, especially up on SoMo as mine (2.35's) have worn very well too. Also like the new meats on my SX trail, 2.3 Butcher, but softer compound so may not wear as well

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.