Kenda Klaw XT 29er 29er Tire

4.25/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 680 grams


Product Description

  • Aggressive knobby for extreme cross-country riding
  • Wide spaced knobs to clear mud easily
  • Great all purpose 29er tire
  • Separate arrow-style front and chevron block pattern rear treads


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    Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by naser

    Date Reviewed: May 21, 2012

    Strengths:    where can i buy these!!!!!

    Weaknesses:    where

    Bottom Line:   
    reply quickly if u can

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by k2dark a Cross Country Rider from wateerboro, maine, usa

    Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011

    Strengths:    great grip on rocks and loose trails and almost unmatched bite on slippery surfaces

    Weaknesses:    nothing special about its onroad/ hard surface ability. gets weak around the bead.

    Bottom Line:   
    I didn't want to have o get new tires because these were just so good off road but they ended up actually ripping right around the bed really close to the rim. I had used them aired down a little bit in the winter time because they grip better in the snow and ice with less air and that plus sub- freezing temps might have induced the ripping. The tire is worth the money though.

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    Favorite Trail:   all and any

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by radirpok a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

    Date Reviewed: July 28, 2008

    Strengths:    Best 29er mud tire I've come across

    Weaknesses:    Not a specifically lightweight tire (700g). Also noisy on pavement. Hey, are we talking about a road tire or what?

    Bottom Line:   
    I just love these tires, they may not be very fast (especially on hardpack), they may not be lightweight, but they are very predictable, the rear bites while the front keeps the line. I think the weight is OK, reliability and durability is still to be tested (I haven't had them yet long enough to give a verdict).
    These tires are the best for muddy conditions, and don't let me down on any other terrain type either.
    Only problem is the price (at least here, in the middle of Europe, I can only get these via mail order), hence the 4 chili value rating...

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Smoke comes closest, but that's more of a trekking size, not a real MTB 29-er

    Bike Setup:   On-One Inbred 29er

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by bob a Cross Country Rider from somewhere on this earth

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2008

    Strengths:    excellent rtaction.. in mud and snow going up hill

    Weaknesses:    squirms.... NO TRACTION IN DRY.. NO TREAD LIFE.....loud..

    Bottom Line:   
    good in mud and snow yet sucks crap in dry uphill. i did a burnout on my rear....on my first ride.. 1/2 tread gone... yet managed to last 3 years.... months later... tire blew and got new IRC BACK MOUNTAINTIRE.. LOT BETTER...WENT UP A ROCKY HILL AND NO SLPPAGE AT ALL (for real)AND LOTS MORE TREAD LIFE... V SHAPE READ HELPS SHED MUD AND PREVENT MUD FROM GETTING STUCK IN BETWEEN TREADS.. VERY GOOD

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    Favorite Trail:   somewhere on this earth

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   sharpeys cycle

    Similar Products Used:   IRC back country

    Bike Setup:   as long as its a bike.. its fine

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Little Rock, Ar.

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2007

    Strengths:    Light, Use Specific

    Weaknesses:    Side walls too thin

    Bottom Line:   
    I liked the front and rear use specific tires. These tires may work good in mud but are too thin for use in rock gardens. Back tire blew out on 3rd ride. Front tire has lasted for about 8 months now although it's getting pretty worn out. So there you go. Works good on front but not on back where there is a lot of force on them. Front tire 5 chilies for overall, rear tires 1 chili. Go figure.

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    Favorite Trail:   Porta Pottie

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $38.00

    Purchased At:   Arkansas Cycling

    Bike Setup:   G F 293

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bruce Brown a Cross Country Rider from Des Moines

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2007

    Strengths:    This is the gold standard mud tire. Bar none. This is the tool for riding in slop. With the right air pressure, you can climb up stuff that everyone else is walking.

    Weaknesses:    Not the greatest volume - if that is a weakness, but the knobs make up for it in spades.

    Bottom Line:   
    If I want to stay upright and climb in mud - I reach for these and dial in the air pressure. Until I find something better for mud, I will recommend these to all for the performance factor. I actually raced them in 3 races last year as it seemed rain always surrounding a lot of our state series races. Either the day before, the day of or during the race. I was laughing at how well these hooked up and climbed and one steep and muddy race. I was planning on walking up the steeps, but the Klaws dug in and took me up every climb with good steady tempo while seated. Not my favorite tire for dry conditions, but when mud, leaves and nasty is involved - these get mounted on my bike.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   As far as what I've tried in mud for 29"ers: Nevegals. ACX. Notos. XR 1.8's. Nanoraptors.

    Bike Setup:   I've used them on my Dos for riding and racing.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Stefan Griebel a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO, 80303

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

    Strengths:    Knobbilicous! Great in the mud. Perfect for homemade studded tire. Surprisingly lightweight also.

    Weaknesses:    Rear tire didn't seem to give me as good of traction on roots and rocks as I was expecting.

    Bottom Line:   
    The Klaw XT front makes a perfect homemade studded tire for both front and back. Before I studded it, it felt great in corners, but also felt to be a bit of a slow roller.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Colorado Trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   University Bikes, Boulder

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones, Exiwolves, Nanoraptors, Motoraptors, Conti Vapor Pro

    Bike Setup:   Mooto-X YBB with Maverick SC-32

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by GlowBoy a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR

    Date Reviewed: December 20, 2006

    Strengths:    THE best mud tire out there, at least until recently. Awesome grip in wet conditions, sheds mud decently, and is a very good all rounder, gripping well no matter what you're riding in. 620-650g weight is pretty good for a tire of this type.

    Weaknesses:    Rolls like a full knobby, though better than most dedicated mud tires. Not that big in volume, though noticeably bigger than the Karma 1.9

    Bottom Line:   
    This is my rear TIRE OF CHOICE for my 29"ers. I ride in wet conditions much of the year, and have yet to ride a comparable tire. Its grip in wet conditions is simply fantastic, and when you do push it to its limit it is very controllable, giving you enough warning to allow you to modulate the power and stay on the bike. In dry conditions it is STILL one of the best rear tires I've used. Very good in rocks and gravel. The front version is also excellent, but I haven't been able to determine that it's any better than the Ignitor. 5 chilis overall, and 5 for value because you it works so well in so many different conditions.

    Buy it if: you ride in wet conditions, or just want a good all-rounder, especially if you're a singlespeeder and need to maintain traction in back up loose climbs (wet or dry). Skip it if: you're looking for big volume or a fast racing tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lost in oregon

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Speedgoat, River City Bicycles (LBS), Kenda direct

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager XR, Bontrager ACX, Kenda Karma 1.9, Kenda Klaw, Kenda Khan, Maxxis Ignitor, Panaracer Rampage, Schwalbe Black Jack 1.9, WTB ExiWolf, WTB Nanoraptor, and too many smaller 700c tires to count.

    Bike Setup:   - Surly Karate Monkey, currently 3sp hub commuter.
    - Vulture custom 29" SS EBB hardtail.
    - Lenz Sport Leviathan 29"x3" full suspension.

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