Kenda Kinetics UST Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

  • The Kinetics is the largest amd widest UST tubeless in the Kenda line
  • High traction tread design with front and rear specific patterns

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 23, 2012]
Hard_Kore
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Superb grip on muddy trails. Surprisingly grippy on pavement. Extremely durable.

Weakness:

A little twitchy on wet pavement.

First it should be pointed that this is a dedicated off road tire. I use this tire a lot on pavement (not really designed for pavement) but it performs surprisingly well on asphalt. If the pavement is wet, its best to take sharp corners with caution. On the trails it performs absolutely fantastic. Grips hard, like a tigers teeth into its prey. I've used high end off road tires such as Continental and Tioga, and compared to those which I also consider to be fantastic, these Kenda Kinetics are definitely up there in terms of performance and durability. I've logged 3000 km on them, the front tires still look like I just got them, the rears have about 50% tread left. Considering the price, one of the best dedicated off road tires I've experienced.

Similar Products Used:

Schwalbe, Continental

[Oct 11, 2008]
Bob
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Strong sidewalls, puncture resistance, true width 2.2"

Weakness:

Heavy weight, hard and bouncy rubber. Must calibrate tires and shocks before every ride.

First, I weigh 139 lbs and ride dry rocky desert. These tires are more fussy than the Continental Vertical Pros they replaced. Besides low air pressure, try running high negative air pressure in forks to keep 'em on the ground. Straight ahead traction superior, side cornering and fast washboard inferior to the Vertical Pros. Tread pattern open & shallow enough to not pick up and spit gravel (big problem with the Maxxis). Being heavy duty and hard rubber, good for heavy riders. Would not want with inexpensive shocks or hardtail.

Similar Products Used:

Continental Vertical Pro, Maxxis, Panaracer

[Jun 24, 2007]
Loehr Young
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Big Volume with full knobs, the tire is very tough and grips well on almost every surface

Weakness:

A little on the heavy side, but it's worth it for such a tough tire!

I love this tire! I have the 2.2 UST version and although it is heavy, it is tough as nails! Grips and corners well on almost every surface you can ride it on. I have blasted rock/boulder gardens so fast it scared me and the tires came through without even a scuff! The only surface they are a little sketchy on is loose over hard pack (leaves/pine needles) but really nothing is too good there. I am 165lbs and can run these at 25-27 psi with no problem, they definitely work better the lower you run'm. Like with any tubeless set-up you gotta run Stan's in'm to keep from flatting!

Similar Products Used:

Nevegal, Kharisma, Karma, Maxxis- Larsen, Igitor.

[Jun 18, 2007]
Marco Gallina
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easily installed, very easy to air up for a UST tire (best one yet), holds air very well, durable compound, stiff sidewalls.

Weakness:

Traction in various conditions - easily remedied by tire pressure

I decided to try these tires because of the price. The Kenda factory is clearing them out for $15 each and that's a great value for a UST tire. I noticed they were easy to install but when it came to airing up the tire that is when I first became very impressed with this rubber. They aired up immediately and popped into position without a fight. I run Stan's in all my UST tires but noticed that these sealed within minutes of their installation and no air bubble leaks at the rim/tire interface. I have not had to add air in the 3 months I have been riding them - can't say that about my other UST tires.

Based on the other fellow rider reviews and what I discovered is this tire's performance seems to very sensitive to air pressure - more so than other ust brands I have tried. I started in the mid range of the recommended psi on the tire - 40psi - as I always do for new/never tried tires. Then I slowly decreased the psi to about 30 over several rides. I weigh 195lbs (88.5kg) and noticed at 40 psi the tire was uncontrolable. When I hit 35 psi the tire started to perform like it should. When I hit 30-32 psi the tire performed extremely well in the hardpack, loose, gravel, dry roots and rocks. For wet conditions including mud, wet rocks and wet roots I run a 27-28 psi setting and this tire performs with the best. I was so impressed with the way this tire sealed onto the rim that I have no issues running this lower psi. I also mentioned this tire seems to have a stiffer side wall than most which helps to keep the tire from feeling like it's wandering underneath you. Excellent overall value and great all around tire.

Similar Products Used:

Panaracer Fire XC, Intense CC2.25

[Jan 30, 2006]
Ryan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Air retention (I use Stan's but have hardly added air in almost a year), dry traction, loose traction, tracks well in rutts and can run very low pressure, durable tread, customer service.

Weakness:

Wet roots/logs, harpacked/steep traction can spin out easily due to large knobs.

I love the combination I'm running with a faster smaller knob up front but a grippy knobby rear. The trail traction is awsome as long as it's not slippery but just as a rear tire it's not that noticable. I ride mostly rocky singletrack Southern California trails but also have used it on East Coast singletrack and the tire preformed beautifully after a few break in rides. Just recenly got a large buldge on the sidewall by the tread and got in touch with Kenda and they're replacing it for free, can't beat that. I don't have any experience with the front but it works very well in the back and grips well.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager, Michelin, Hutchinson

[Oct 22, 2005]
David Woodward
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Holds air well.

Weakness:

Extremely poor wet traction. Poor cornering.

I have used these tires on less than a dozen rides and was unable to improve the performance thru pressure adjustments. Performance in very dry conditions is o.k. until you start pushing them in corners at speed, where they are very unforgiving. If you ride anything even a little wet with any rooty or rocky sections, FORGET ABOUT IT! Very stiff sidewall and no outter treads equals ice skating performance at pressures above 28lbs and slightly improved but wicked slippery even down to 22lbs. Some shop guys have said the tire needs to break in but I can't wait that long, the wet season is here.

Similar Products Used:

IRC, Specialized, Conti.

[Jul 21, 2005]
andy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

big volume for a cross country tire, rolls fast

Weakness:

none

This seems to be a very durable and comfortable tire. The big volume allows lower pressure for increased grip. These tire roll much faster than my Conti Explorers.

Similar Products Used:

conti explorer, bontrager ?

[May 28, 2005]
Kevin Yee
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Still holds air exceptionally well
Easy to air up
Long lasting compound
No punctures yet

Weakness:

Wet tree roots are like ice skating with out the skates
Maybe too hard a compound

Update from my p[revious review
Have tried lowering air pressure amd currently running 30psi which seems to be the best of both worlds

[Nov 28, 2004]
Kevin Yee
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great grip in the dry, casing holds air well enough not to need repleneshing after 2 weeks and hasn't rolled off the rim yet despite only running 32psi and I'm 77kg and have been giving it death in an attempt to qwell my tubless doubting deamons and so far so good.
Good low rolling resistance when road or mtb riding.
My mates thing my tires look like they are going flat but when the pressure is that low the casing spreads and moulds the terrain.
Airs up good with a compressor (everyone should have one of these in their garage)
Haven't had a puncture yet so all is good.

Weakness:

Wet weather performance isn't the best but if you drop the pressure a smidge over dry conditions it gets better.
Knobs could be a bit more spaced out for better grip but thats only a niggle

Great tyre for the price, good dry weather and ok wet weather performance.
Weight is only for weanies.

Similar Products Used:

It's my first tubless tyre but have used specialised, maxis, hutchinsons and wtbs.
Each tyre has its own inherent strengths and weaknesses and you have to adapt your riding to each set of idiosyncrasies.

[Oct 15, 2004]
david dobson
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

great rolling resistance, average mounting diff. good air holding

Weakness:

not wide enough for fast downhill. knobs are too close for good grip in the rough.

great for urban and all round riding havent rod in the wet but briefly, lowering the air pressure helps in tha case.

Similar Products Used:

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