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Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« on: September 30, 2009, 09:40:04 PM »
I needed a real rear tire prior to heading up to the Asheville area for some riding so I decided to get old reliable - a Kenda Nevegal.  I had read some thread on MTBR about cutting some of the knobs off (every other transitional knob) to increase performance (better cornering and faster rolling) so I figured why not try it.  I got the proper tool (some cutting pliers) and went to town tonight on the tire.  It only took about 30 min to complete, but I won't have a chance to try it out until next Thursday when I'm up in NC.

Here's a pic of the tool used to cut the knobs -



Here's what the tire looks like with the knobs removed -

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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 09:49:02 PM »
Almost looks like a Captain now ;)

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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 09:53:02 PM »
Weigh it...I'm curious! was it a 2.2?

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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2009, 06:49:05 AM »
It was a UST 2.1.  I doubt that the cutting removed much weight - I'd guess 20 - 40g tops.  I will mount it up tonight and take another picture.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2009, 08:04:19 AM »
Almost looks like a Captain now ;)

It does look pretty similar.  I'm really curious to see how it works as every review has been pretty good.  I'm also interested in seeing how it feels to have a real knobby tire in the back after going for so long on a minimalist Small Block 8.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2009, 08:17:30 AM »
I'm also interested in seeing how it feels to have a real knobby tire in the back after going for so long on a minimalist Small Block 8.

Is that going to help your parking lot skills?   :D
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2009, 08:37:38 AM »
I'm also interested in seeing how it feels to have a real knobby tire in the back after going for so long on a minimalist Small Block 8.

Is that going to help your parking lot skills?   :D

I hope so...I'm all about buying my skills whenever possible! 
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009, 08:39:43 AM »
Where did mmountainbiker's post go?  It was good stuff.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009, 11:25:46 AM »
The cut nevegal worked really well up in NC.  I had no traction issues at all (amazing feeling to have confidence while applying torque when going over damp rocks and roots) and the tires seemed to roll really well.  The guy that I was mostly riding behind had a non-cut nevegal and he seemed to be having many more issues with traction than I was.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009, 11:33:28 AM »
The cut nevegal worked really well up in NC.  I had no traction issues at all (amazing feeling to have confidence while applying torque when going over damp rocks and roots) and the tires seemed to roll really well.  The guy that I was mostly riding behind had a non-cut nevegal and he seemed to be having many more issues with traction than I was.

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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2009, 12:58:03 PM »
Are you going to leave it on for riding down here? 
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2009, 01:10:12 PM »
Are you going to leave it on for riding down here? 

Yeah...I have been wanted to ditch the SB8 for something different for a while and the trip up to NC was a good reason to do it.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2009, 04:12:57 PM »
Just cut my non ust nevegal last week. Took off all the center knobs and every other off center knob. I left on the side knobs.  So far I'm pleased with the results. Rolls fast and corners great up here at the San Felasco trails. I run a non ust SB8 on the back.
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Re: Cutting a Kenda Nevegal
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2009, 06:35:51 AM »
Nothing rolls great over that  san felasco grass.

 

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