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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Mitas MC35 vs Kenda KD1 Kwik?

Was wondering what people recommend here between the 2 tires for the track.

The local guys swear by the Mitas as they can last a whole season for them and get used in the rain.

How are the Kenda's in the rain? How long will they last? If I get half the life I'll be happy as they are a bit over the third of the price.

I know the Dunlops are also the other option and slicks from PMT but I think cost wise and compound wise I like the idea of the Mitas and Kendas but I haven't used either yet.

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I just putter around on the streets but I've been overwhelmingly impressed with the KD1, especially for a sub $100 set.

The tread doesn't strike me as being wonderful at water evacuation, but I haven't ridden in the rain with them so I can't really comment.

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I bet they make a specific rain set in the near future, they seem to be attacking the sport/racing market. In the EU you can get Dunlop racing rains in our sizes, I forget the number but they are the matches to the TT93. I sent an email to them last year about getting them in the USA and never had a reply from them. Didn't feel guilty going with the Kenda after that. Kenda has become big in the bicycle world, not some cheapo junk but premium tires and tubes. I see them going after the motorcycle arena as well.

Mitas soft was recommended to me, or the super soft. Seems there softness gauge is a little different from other companies. Also there are several models and hard to determine wich ones you want. But the Mitas price was similar to TT93 which made the choice simple when I put tires on the KAYO. Teams were getting half a season out of the TT93 (or more) and saying sticky as anything else (save maybe PMT slicks). The TT93 saved me several times on the track the last few times I was there, way more grip than I know how to handle. Hoping the KD1 are just as good which is what people are saying. Both tires ran up to $72 shipped for stock sizes.
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I bet they make a specific rain set in the near future, they seem to be attacking the sport/racing market. In the EU you can get Dunlop racing rains in our sizes, I forget the number but they are the matches to the TT93. I sent an email to them last year about getting them in the USA and never had a reply from them. Didn't feel guilty going with the Kenda after that. Kenda has become big in the bicycle world, not some cheapo junk but premium tires and tubes. I see them going after the motorcycle arena as well.

Mitas soft was recommended to me, or the super soft. Seems there softness gauge is a little different from other companies. Also there are several models and hard to determine wich ones you want. But the Mitas price was similar to TT93 which made the choice simple when I put tires on the KAYO. Teams were getting half a season out of the TT93 (or more) and saying sticky as anything else (save maybe PMT slicks). The TT93 saved me several times on the track the last few times I was there, way more grip than I know how to handle. Hoping the KD1 are just as good which is what people are saying. Both tires ran up to $72 shipped for stock sizes.
Thank you for the reply Greg, it seems I will get a set of Kenda's and try that and keep my eyes for a rain set. Maybe I'll send them an email asking if they have plans for a rain race tire also.

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I rode the Kendas in the rain pretty aggressively and was very impressed with wet performance.

After 2500 miles of mostly twisty riding, however, the rear has squared off to the point where the tread pattern at the center of the tire is almost gone. Sides still look good and the front looks to be 85%. Probably not an issue for guys using these on the track as you won't rack up that kind of mileage. If you drive mostly in a straight line though you will wear them out.

Totally worth it to me though because price is great and they are very sticky. I'm sure wet performance isn't as hot now with the center tread worn down. I rode about 500 miles in the rain with them after they had about 800 miles on them and they were great.
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Mitas > kendas for track use.
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So the Mitas are better than the Dunlops also?

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Mitas does have a super soft that is probably more sticky, and they probably weight slightly less too.

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awesome that is good info. I'll try the Kendas then as a start!

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[QUOTE=Greg_E;130943]Mitas does have a super soft that is probably more sticky, and they probably weight slightly less too.[/QUOTE

To get you a good laugh I found they call the stock IRC NR77 tire a racing tire with "sticky" compound. I had to drop their PSI below 17 just to get them to flex and grip a bit. YIKES!

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