The all new Hellkat & Helldiver

April 21, 2017 / Bicycle News

Fast as hell - that's the new Hellkat and Helldiver. Kenda's new gravity tires have been designed completely from scratch: new innovative casing, evolved compound, newly designed tread pattern. Engineering know-how and the experience of worldclass athletes come together to form a premium product and a truly World Cup caliber.



An all-new, all condition gravity and DH tire. Developed with Polygon-UR Team, the Hellkat is truly a World Cup caliber tire. Superior braking control and cornering traction define this tire's strong points. Using the new Advanced Gravity casing, the Hellkat offers a maximum of puncture and cut protection without packing on the weight. Ideal for gravity orientated riders looking for a tire with great grip and puncture protection that is at the same time light rolling and will keep you up and going over a wide variety of terrain.


A fast and lightweight gravity tire that was developed with Polygon-UR Team pros for DH and Enduro usage. Through the new RSR dual layer compound and low profile, siped tread design, the Helldiver shines with a perfect balance of traction and rolling resistance. Whenever you take your bike out on super dry, dusty, fast hardpack tracks, the Helldiver is your best choice. All the traction and grip you need for less rolling resistance and less weight.

Kenda Vector Shield

Developed in joint cooperation between Kenda’s North American and Taiwanese engineering teams at the Kenda America Technology Center. The KVS is a woven sheet of aramid fibers laid up across the sidewall of a tire which offers a light-weight casing shield with 285% higher cut resistance than standard protective materials. This allows for a reduction in the casing weight by up to 200 grams when compared to traditional 2-ply downhill casings.

Benefits: Because of the addition of the Kenda Vector Shield, the casing now offers superior cut resistance, while being stiffer and lighter at the same time. As a result, you can ride with a lower tire pressure, which increases the tread grip without risking a flat tire.  Additionally, the KVS material makes the sidewall stiffer ensuring better feedback for the rider and improved predictability in handling. Additionally, another layer of KVS is inserted under the tread area to act as a barrier against punctures and cuts.

RSR Dual Layer Compound

The RSR Dual Layer compound is optimized for the new tread design - an evolution of the existing Race Stick-E Rubber (RSR) compound. Building on the impressive original, the new RSR compound is a dual layer tread rubber, with the soft RSR compound on top and the stiff SRC on bottom. This new dual layer compound offers better performance as the stiff bottom SRC layer serves as the hard foundation for the softer RSR layer to push against. The result is a compound that provides better control and lasts longer than previous versions.