Kenda Kharisma UST Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

  • U.S.T. tubeless
  • All-conditions cross-country tire
  • L3R Compound...Kenda's lightest
  • Size: 26 x 1.95, 2.10

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Aug 30, 2009]
    Anonymous
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    moderatly acceptable wear,sheds mud quite well,reasonable off road performance,low cost

    Weakness:

    low volume tire results in very non compliant ride

    this tire is bizarre, no wonder it is heavily discounted,you compare it to a high volume UST tire that you can air down to improve grip and compliance, this tire is lacking.at 188 lbs I run this tire at minimium pressure of 30 psi back and it richochets off the smallest trail irregularity like a solid rubber tire.it hard on the body taking every hit on a hardtail,the big advantage to me about UST is a compliant ride which is impossibe due to this tires low volume.I will go back to Hutchinson python.

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    many

    [Jul 03, 2008]
    John
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Slow wearing, easy to mount, great grip in dry conditions, reasonable in wet, sheds mud well, reasonable price.

    Weakness:

    None too obvious.

    A good value-for-money tyre to handle most conditions in the damp sub-tropical climate of Pietermaritzburg. No obvious failings and wear has been reasonably slow thus far. Tire is narrower than expected but doesn't seem to compromise its reliability and performance.

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    Kenda Nevegal, Panaracer Fire.

    [Oct 02, 2005]
    jeremy
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Looks good and rolls well

    Weakness:

    poor puncure resistance, no grip when wet.

    slips on the tarmac when wet, hopless on the trail except when really dry. Too narrow and instils zero confidence. I won't be buying any more Kenda Tires. I had 4 falls due to a comination of tire grip ( as well as some dodgy lines! ) in one ride. I will wear them out on my tarmac rides only when dry!

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    Maxxix Ugnitor

    [Jun 07, 2003]
    andrew
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3

    I had these front and rear and I will never use them again. the rear wore out too quickly and the didn't offer much traction, especially on gravel. All too often I found myself doing two wheel slides around corners. They were fairly resiliant towards flats (I only got two) and worked well on hard pack, with hardly any rolling resistance.

    [Sep 07, 2003]
    Ratt
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Soft sticky compound, relatively tough

    Weakness:

    Wears out too quickly. A nightmare in the sand. no traction

    For me these are the worst Ust tires i have tried out so far. They have a very narrow sweet spot tire pressure wise, have no traction, have no directional stability in the sand, the rear tire wore out in 3 weeks of riding. They are soft and sticky so i think they would be good on slick rock and none of the knobbies broke off like they do on the Firepros.

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    Tubeless: Rockster, Wildgripper S, Python, Firepro

    [Jul 04, 2002]
    Gimpy00Wang
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    - Grippy
    - low rolling resistance
    - holds air very well

    Weakness:

    - heavier than non-UST tires(duh)
    - difficult to mount
    - difficult to mount
    - difficult to mount

    I have not used these tires very long, but from what I have experienced so far, they are one of the better UST tires available right now. They are reasonably priced compared to other UST tires. They have good handling characteristics and inspire confidence. My only real big beef is the installation. These things are a bear to mount. I had to have my buddy assist. I would never want to have to remove/install one of these on the trail.

    I'm curious why so many people seem to have air leakage problems with these. These hold air very well. Perhaps people are getting faulty tires or air is leaking at the valve stem? I don't even have latex in my tires(yet) and they're not leaking more than 2-3lbs of air in a week.

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    Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 + Stan's NoTubes

    [Jan 24, 2007]
    Loehr Young
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great all around tire, works well in all conditions, very durable and wears well.

    Weakness:

    None for me.

    This is one of the best mount and forget it tires I've ever used. It really works well in ALL conditions and it is a tough tire. I have ridden/raced it in every condition/terrain in the SE US and it works great rain or shine. I have even run it some crazy urban riding and it holds up to stair riding up & down, wall drops etc... You do need to run stans in it to keep from flatting, but that is the case with all tubeless set ups. Play with you air pressure a bit and don't be afraid to run'm a little low when running tubeless. I have been through a couple of pairs of these and have not had mounting or sealing issues at all. I have run them on Mavic crossmax wheels, Mavic 819 rims, Bontrager wheels, and the stans rim and all work great.

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    Maxxis Ignitor, Kenda Karma, WTB Motoraptor & Velociraptor, Maxxis Larsen TT, Maxxis Advantage, Specialzed 2-Bliss.

    [Oct 11, 2005]
    Tzali Morr
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    None

    Weakness:

    Spose to be 2.1", but according to a test by Mountainbike Israel it is only 1.97". Put it on my Crossmax weels with sealant but it went loose at one of the first rides. Traction - very bad.

    Very bad value for the mony. I replaced them after 50 miles and called the representative in Israel and told him that I t is not 2.1". He told me that this is the way Kenda measures the tires. I asked him to replace the tires with wider ones, he took my name and telephone and promised to call me after the exhibition on the first week of September. I never heared from him.
    There is a very litle chance that I'll buy a Kenda product again.

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    IRC Trailbear, Huchinson Spider, Specialized Endoro.

    [Dec 17, 2001]
    kdoggers
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Agressive tred design, thick side walls, they hold tire pressure very well.

    Weakness:

    Heavy, and slow rolling

    Man these tires kick but! After a very unsatifying 4 or 5 months of riding on some Pythons these tires are a dream. After getting a nail and blowing out the side wall on the pythons I was a getting a little sketical of tubless tires. These Kendas have renewed my fatih. They are great in muddy and wet conditions. They are faily easy to put on the rim if you just put a little dish soap to the bead. They hold tire pressure very good. Much less air seepage then the Pythons. The bottom line is that I've been in two races with these tires and have a first and second place medel to show!

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    Pythons.

    [Mar 04, 2002]
    Chris Bautista
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great cornering and good traction on climbs. The tire holds air very well. An all around good tire that can tackle various terrain.

    Weakness:

    A higher rolling resistance than the Pythons and it seems a bit heavier than the aforementioned tire.

    I've used these tires for 3 months now and have noticed an improvement in my cornering..especially around loose dirt. The tire is great in tight singletrack and great on climbs. I can feel the higher rolling resistance, but the improvement in control more than makes up for that. I've entered 6 races so far this year and faired very well. I'm sure that the tires have a lot to do with it. A great tire that is a vast improvement to the Pythons!

    Similar Products Used:

    Hutchinson Pythons

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