Similar to other companies we saw at Sea Otter, Kenda Tires is expanding its gravel tire line this year. The new tubeless Alluvium 40mm gravel tire will be joining a line that includes the 35mm and 40mm Flintridge and 40mm Happy Medium file tread.
The Alluvium has flattened, dense center knobs designed to be durable over miles of gravel and three different sizes of side knobs for cornering grip and sidewall protection.
Kenda named the Flintridge after the Flint Hills of Kansas where the Dirty Kanza takes place, and since alluvium is material deposited by rivers, one could say the tire is designed to help riders … go with the flow down gravel roads? We will have to check with our editor and his degree in Water Resources Management to get to the river bottom of this one.
Kenda will officially release the Alluvium later in 2018. The company will make it available in four sizes: 700c x 35, 40 and 45mm and 650b x 45mm.
The tires come in two casings. The $55 Gravel Casing Technology (neé SCT) has bead-to-bead puncture protection, and the $50 Tubeless Race has a lighter, more supple casing without the bead-to-bead protection.
The other piece of Kenda news is the company will have skinwall tubeless casings available for the Flintridge, Alluvium and Kommando X as well as skinwall casings for some of its other tires such as the Kwick Seven-5.
More info: bicycle.kendatire.com
See what’s new this year with our coverage of the 2018 Sea Otter trade show.