Kenda has been hard at work developing a new dry mountain bike tire called the Pinner. The Pinner is available in a variety of sizes today and inside we take a deeper look at it as we’ve spent some time on-board their new tire.
Photos / Words: Jason Nixon Supplemental pictures/specs from Kenda USA
Launching today, the Pinner is available in either their ATC or AGC casing in a 29×2.4 and 27.5×2.4. A 26″ version along with a 2.6 version of the Pinner is also in the cards for a fall release. MSRP is $79.95 (ATC) /$84.95 (AGC).
Developed with the help of their pro athletes like Aaron Gwin, the Pinner is a tire that they’ve been working on for some time. In talking with Kenda, they wanted this tire to be a perfect dry tire for their racer and they’ve certainly put in a lot of work to make it what it is today as they went through numerous iterations with their athletes.
The Pinner is Kenda’s all new dry condition gravity tire. Developed with Aaron Gwin, the Pinner was for World Cup tracks like Leogang and Lenzerheide and to hold its own against the toughest competitors. The Pinner shines with excellent cornering predictability and particularly high puncture protection. Available with AGC or ATC casing upon the launch, the Pinner is an excellent choice for gravity racers and trail riders alike.
Pinner tread pattern explained
Tire Makeup and Compound This tire features a similar compound design found in other Kenda gravity tires. The Pinner uses a dual layer set up, with a firmer rubber serving as the base and supporting the knobs, and a soft compound laid on top to maximize grip. The ATC version is a dual tread construction: soft shoulder, firmer center tread. -Kenda
ADVANCED GRAVITY CASING (AGC)
The Advanced Gravity Casing (AGC) is Kenda‘s latest innovation for gravity orientated riders. A strip of Kenda Vector Shield (KVS), a lightweight woven aramid material, is built in under the tread area and along the sidewalls to protect the tire from cuts and punctures. KVS offers nearly three times more cut resistance than standard protective materials. A 20 mm apex along the bead prevents pinch flats and burping. Our lightest and strongest gravity casing up to date.
ADVANCED TRAIL CASING (ATC)
Optimized for trail riding, the Advanced Trail Casing (ATC) is lighter and more supple than our gravity solutions. It uses a layer of SCT on the sidewalls and a K-Armor belt under the tread area. K-Armor allows for a tighter weave and the use of less rubber, resulting in a lighter tire and a casing that is supple enough to allow the knobs to flex and form under load, yet still protects from pinch flats, punctures and cuts.
Our tires weighed in as follows
29×2.4 ATC (990g / 995g)
29×2.4 AGC (1294g / 1321g)
In our short time with the Pinner so far it’s clear that Kenda and their team have developed an impressive tire. We mounted the Pinner ATC to a 30mm wide rim and as you would expect it comes in narrower than 2.5 Maxxis DHF on the same rim. Kenda indicated that their racers wanted the Pinner in this 2.4 size and a 2.6 option will launch later in the fall that will offer riders additional options should they want a wider tire.
Setting the Pinner up tubeless was a breeze. After some time on the trail it is noticeable that the sidewall is more supportive than your typical tire. Initially I started at the same PSI as a 2.5 Maxxis DHF but found that to be a little bit too much air pressure for the Pinner. Dropping it a few PSI helped get the tire to a better ride in terms of grip and comfort. The sidewalls are much more supportive given their construction so reducing the air pressure helped a bit. We’d suggest playing with air pressures to find your sweet spot.
We haven’t noticed any flats on the Pinner so far but Kenda also says their tire is much better than the competition by a claimed 40% due to the design of the tire and the Kenda Vector Shield (KVS) along the sidewall and under the tread.
Additionally on the AGC tire, they have a 20mm apex along the lower portion of the sidewall to add even more support, improve burping resistance for tubeless setups, and increase sidewall stiffness.
I enjoy a tire with a good predictable bite across the full width of tire. The ability to corner and brake well on the edge of the tire is very predictable with the Pinner. Some tires have a tendency to be vague in their grip when you start to corner harder that can make aggressive riding on a tire more difficult as they can slide off your intended line or can drift easily making precise movements more difficult. The Pinner is at home on loose soil, hard pack, and rocky terrain.
Their lug placement, tread ramping, and siping are well thought out in my experience so far and provide ample grip in dry conditions. The Pinner is a tire that is designed to withstand the adverse terrain that mountain bikers and gravity riders often encounter. I found the Pinner more enjoyable at slightly lower PSIs given their construction and tire makeup and materials.
Overall the Pinner is a tire worth adding to your list if you’re after a dry tire and enjoy a DHF / Butcher style of tire. It’s been some time since we’ve been on a Kenda tire and they’ve put in a great effort with the Pinner that will have many riders happy on the trails and race courses.