Kenda Tire opens doors to R&D center and launches new test track

November 22, 2017 / Bicycle News

Open House & New Test Track

 

On a cool November morning in North Canton, Ohio, Kenda Tire opened up it's North American R&D Tech Center to a select group of cycling magazine and online editors to shine a light on what is usually going on behind closed doors at the facility. Kenda also used this  opportunity to introduce a new test track that was specifically built to test a tire's main performance characteristics like grip, cornering traction, impact results and sand or gravel traction. In that way, prototypes can be taken out for a first test ride easily and we are able to gather an immediate riding feedback.

Kenda tire is investing heavily in people and facilities to insure the development of new products that provide the highest levels of performance.,” said VP of Engineering, Tom Williams.

Kenda's Chief of Materials, Martin Engelhardt, explains various cut samples in the compound lab.

Kenda's Chief of Materials, Martin Engelhardt, explains various cut samples in the compound lab.

After learning more about Kenda's work at the R&D Center, editors could take a spin on the track choosing between different types of bikes, from mountain bike to road, on off road and paved tracks.

Kenda engineers Jay Drunasky and Matt Peterson explain course features on the test track to editors from Bicycling, MTBR.com, Mountain Bike Action, and BikeRumor.com, while professional rider Eric Porter looks on.

Kenda engineers Jay Drunasky and Matt Peterson explain course features on the test track to editors from Bicycling, MTBR.com, Mountain Bike Action, and BikeRumor.com, while professional rider Eric Porter looks on.

Williams continued to add “the addition of the new bicycle test track provides us with the ability to test our new products on a consistent, repeatable surface. This consistency allows our engineers to insure that our customers will have products that live up to their expectations, now and in the future.”
 
The track is a valuable addition to the current lab and athlete testing and another step on the road to constantly improving our products. Senior Director of Bicycle Alan Clark added: “We are eagerly looking forward to this next generation of Kenda products.”

Mountain Bike Action editor Brandon Castelli drops down the launch ramp for his first run at the test track.

Mountain Bike Action editor Brandon Castelli drops down the launch ramp for his first run at the test track.

Cyclocross magazine editor Andrew Yee puts the Flintridge Pro tires to the test on banked corners of the track.

Cyclocross magazine editor Andrew Yee puts the Flintridge Pro tires to the test on banked corners of the track.

Kenda test rider Blanton Unger leads Bike Rumor editor Zach Overholt through the berms designed to test cornering traction.

Kenda test rider Blanton Unger leads Bike Rumor editor Zach Overholt through the berms designed to test cornering traction.

Attendees from the first open house for the bicycle group at the Kenda America Technology Center & Test Track: (left to right) Eric Porter (professional for Diamondback bicycles), Matt Peterson (Kenda), Tom Williams (VP of Engineering, Kenda), Al Clark (Senior Director - Bicycle, Kenda), Zach Overholt (Bike Rumor), Blanton Unger (Kenda), Brandon Castelli (MBA), Daniel Sapp (Bicycling), Jay Drunasky (Kenda), Andrew Yee (Cyclocross), & Dillon Caldwell (MTBR.com). - missing Brice Shirbach (Pink Bike).

Attendees from the first open house for the bicycle group at the Kenda America Technology Center & Test Track: (left to right) Eric Porter (professional for Diamondback bicycles), Matt Peterson (Kenda), Tom Williams (VP of Engineering, Kenda), Al Clark (Senior Director - Bicycle, Kenda), Zach Overholt (Bike Rumor), Blanton Unger (Kenda), Brandon Castelli (MBA), Daniel Sapp (Bicycling), Jay Drunasky (Kenda), Andrew Yee (Cyclocross), & Dillon Caldwell (MTBR.com). - missing Brice Shirbach (Pink Bike).