Name: Kenda K838 Slick
Type: MTB road tire, wire bead
Size: 26" x 1.95"
Weight: 737 grams/ 1.6lb.
Price: @$15-19 a piece
The Kenda K838's are the perfect answer for adapting your mountain bike for urban adventures. There may be other options out there, but the simple truth is that these tires flat out rock.
Even after rolling over a thousand miles on a set, these are still holding up strong. They are perfect for navigating the pothole ridden streets of Northeastern Ohio with their wider profile and have no problem being dropped off of curbs or launched over any city strewn obstacle.
At first glance the 838's look more like a motorcycle tire with their beveled tread. This is a good thing as that they allow the rider to really push the bike in the corners, while offering a narrow tread profile when vertical. Wet traction is superb too, easily channeling water away when put through puddles. But be warned, fly full go into sand or loose gravel and you'll find yourself in the middle of a panic attack. These are not all purpose tires and belong nowhere near a trailhead.
I run them @50-55psi (65 being the recommended max), which in the grand scheme of things isn't much for a road tire, but it's plenty enough for these. They'll let you know when they get low on air pressure and you can feel the difference. As far as flats? None so far. Maybe that's just luck, but again, with as many miles as I've put on these and roads they've traveled, that's got to say something.
In the end, they might not be the lightest at around a pound and a half a piece, but what you get in return is a tire that is reliable, tough and quite honestly, fun. Slip on a pair of these and go forth confidently into the streets. You will not be disappointed.