I remember days when the 26" street tire options were so limited that we would spend hours digging through the local bikeshop's catalogs in hopes of finding the perfect tire. There was no such thing as a good looking, strong, lightweight tire that was slick enough to ride the streets, but grippy enough to hit some jumps.

Over the years, we've seen and tried a whole bunch of different tires and today, I'm happy to say that there's plenty of 26" Street Tires to choose from in freestyle mountain biking. We've been receiving a lot of questions about what tires we use so I decided to make a post about it. I have gathered information from my own experiences and from fellow riders in an attempt to share with you what I believe are the best 26" street and park tires available.

The point here isn't to find out the absolute best tire, but to give you the pros and cons of each tire. So here we go, in no particular order:

 

Maxxis DTH 26 X 2.15

Maxxis DTH 26 Tire

To make it simple, I believe the Maxxis DTH is as close as it gets from the perfect street/dirt tire. It is made of soft rubber that gives it tons of grip on street and park while doing just fine on dirt. From what I've seen, the DTH is currently one of the most popular tires among street and dirt riders in North America. It comes in all black or with tan walls, 2.15" and 2.3", wire or foldable and is definitely worth it's price. Aside from the walls that could be a little thicker, there's absolutely nothing bad to say about this tire.

Buy Maxxis DTH Tires Here

 

 

Kenda Komfort 26 X 1.95 Tire

kenda komfort 26 tire

You're probably thinking this is nothing but a cheap commuter tire, and you are right. I first discovered the Komforts years ago when looking through my local bikeshop's tires. I had just wrecked my tire, and I was desperate to find something I could use for the rest of the day. Little did I know that I would end up running Komforts for a long time after that. To this day, a bunch of Montreal riders still ride them, and Jeremy Menduni stopped using them about 2 years ago for no particular reason. At 1.95", they are the skinniest tires I've tried but trust me, they are pretty good for any technical street/park rider.

Buy Kenda Komfort Tires Here

 

 

Kenda K-Rad 26 X 2.3″

kenda k-rad

The Kenda K-Rad is the first pair of decent tires I bought. I remember putting them on my bike and then trying them and that was it. I mean, I could carve the streets like I would've never imagined before and still had awesome grip on the dirt, thanks to the simplicity of their genius design. They have been around forever and still hold their ground. I've heard a lot of people say bad stuff about the K-Rad, but I still believe it's an awesome tire for anyone riding equal amounts of street, park and dirt. The most popular size is 2.3" which is perfect but it also comes in 1.95", 2.215" and 2.5", and it's now available in Wire and Folding Bead versions.

Buy Kenda K-Rad Tires Here

 

 

CULT x VANS 26 X 2.1 Tire

Cult X Vans 26 tire

 

The Cult x Vans Waffle 26 Tire is a lightweight tire, suitable for any 26" wheels. It features the classic Vans Waffle pattern all over the surface, providing lots of traction in all situations. Besides being light in weight, it's also a highly durable tire with high-pressure sidewalls to minimise the risk of flats.

Buy CULT x VANS Tires Here

 

 

Resist Nomad 26 X 2.25 Tire

Resist Nomad 26 tire

Since Resist is a FGFS brand owned by Volume/Demolition BMX, the Resist Nomad is the 26" version of the Demolition Momentum BMX tire. This tire is available for around 2 years now, and it's the best thing that could happen to Street MTB. Brian Castillo was kind enough to send a box our way last year and since I've put them on my bike, I feel like I can ride bowls twice as fast as before! At first, I was sceptical about riding a tire this wide, but their smoothness and grip convinced me in a matter of seconds. They're obviously not ideal for riding dirt, but I took them to the trails a couple times and if your jumps are packed enough, they do a pretty good job! The walls are super solid and you can choose either black or tan walls. Trust me, these tires are insanely good.

This tire is Discountinued

 

September 29, 2015

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