Kenda Story

History of Innovation

A History of innovation since 1962.

Through continuous innovation, Kenda has grown to be a leading manufacturer of bicycle, motorcycle, ATV, industrial, trailer and automotive tires.

Kenda's recent innovation milestones include:

K299 Bearclaw

In 1994, Kenda introduced the Bearclaw - the first ATV tire to feature a 6-ply heavy-duty casing and an effective tread pattern to dig into rough terrain for maximum traction. The tire was also the first to incorporate a special tear and snag resistant material to extend tread life and protect against punctures. The Bearclaw's success was so overwhelming that Kenda extended it to include 23 sizes, for all major utility applications.


Developed in 1996, Kenda introduced the K500 with enhanced 4-ply tires for outstanding traction and a better tread life in all lawn care applications. Featuring a round shoulder design for front tires and a square shoulder for rear tires, the K500 keeps the tread in contact with the turf for increased agility and a better grip. Kenda's K500 has since become an industry standard throughout the lawn and garden market.


In 1998, Kenda was the first to convert to metric sizing when they developed the K399 low profile trailer line. The modern tread design allowed for better towing stability and decreased rolling resistance. With improved performance and reduced cost, the K399 was quickly used as a model for competitors and recognized as the industry's new standard tread pattern.

K771 Millville

In 2001 Kenda brought its first Motocross/ Off-Road tire to market. With the Millville tire, Kenda debuted the first Sticky race tire compound, generating more traction for a better ride. The increased stability was a unique advantage for riders resulting in an overall safer experience. This innovative technology led to today's full line of MX tires for all terrains.

K389 Hole-N-1

In 1996, a simple redesign led to a precedent that continues to distinguish the Kenda golf line today. The Hole-N-1 was designed with an attractive appearance and a unique rounded shoulder to decrease turf damage. It has since become the model for further tire developments.

K1010 Nevegal

In 2002, with the help of mountain bike racing legend Jon Tomac, Kenda developed the Nevegal. The Nevegal's popular tread pattern featuring Stick-E compound performed wildly beyond expectations in a variety of rugged trail conditions. Today, the tire is still rated among the top in the world by mountain biking professionals, recreational riders and industry experts. The Nevegal has also been voted the #1 tread pattern three years in a row by MBA Magazine.

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