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Kenda Blue Groove UST Tire

2.71/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 770 grams MSRP : $39.99


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Product Description

The Blue Groove is an excellentTire for mountain riding. With independent knob design and multiple edges for greatTraction,This fast rollingTire will perform well on anyTrail. Kenda’s signature DTC compound features L3R PRO compound (60 shore A durometer) inThe center and STICK-E compound (50 shore A durometer) corner knobs. Terrain: Hard pack/ DryTerrain Bead: Folding DTC UST- Kenda is certified by MavicTo build TubelessTiresToThe UST standards Application: Front or Rear Weight: 26x


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mr Smith a Weekend Warrior from Nottingham

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2009

Strengths:    Its a UST tyre bought at a good price. Single track world rave about them.

Weaknesses:    It works in the same terain that 80% of other tyres do. You can run it at 20psi but there is no advantage. As mentioned drifts alot and if the trail is partial gravel embedde in the surface forget it you will wash out at every corner. Its rubbish

Bottom Line:   
I have just been on the Walking the Dog trail at Cannock notorious for poor grip and these tyres excelled in exceeding the limits of the trail for slippyness. Worked better at 15 psi but at that pressure there is no tyre integrity. The standard tyre in the sticky compound was being used by a number of people but the tubeless tyre is pants.

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Favorite Trail:   Sherwood Pines

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   E bay

Similar Products Used:   Michelin XCR mud. Grips on the track that this tyre dosn't.

Bike Setup:   Blur 4X, Revelations 110 140, Hope hoops

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Wytnyt a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2008

Strengths:    Good grip, decent tread life

Weaknesses:    Tread separated from liner. I had it on my bike for just over one month. Samething happended with my rear tire - Kneda Kinetics UST. Kenda says it is because I used Stan's sealant. They do not endorse any liquid sealant and using sealant voids tire warranty.

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy. How can you sell a UST tire that the rider can't use sealant in?

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Favorite Trail:   100

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse Mk III Sport, Bontrager Race Disc UST rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gui Spiher a Racer from Tobacco City

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2008

Strengths:    Decent grip but not as good as Nevegal good rolling, durable.. Can be had for cheap. everyone wants the Small Block 8. Very versatile tire... Good but not great in most conditions.There are better tires for every single condition but this one will do well for most everything a MTBr will encounter. Nevegal Blue Groover combo is in fact excellent.

Weaknesses:    Holy Cow!!! The UST version is heavy. Nevegal same way also.

Bottom Line:   
look at bike setup. By virtue of that I must lean bike into corners hard. these tires work very well for me. If you are not smooth on your bike and ride looking ahead of yourself then you will react in a spastic jerky yes I ride a road bike most of the time manner. Since these tires have a round profile they will break loose if jerked from side to side like an amped up Spider Monkey on crack. Never let your bike take you someplace on the trail your mind has not already been a moment before.

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Favorite Trail:   OVT @ Dark Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Kenda Tent @ Nationals

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinsons Conti Exploders, WTB Weirwolfs Great grip but very slow rolling. Hutchies great rolling but no grip. Contis well just read the name.

Bike Setup:   Singlespeed Custom steel 34/17 gear 18 pounds.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Robby from Southern Cali. Dirt Jumper

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2007

Strengths:    low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Bull sh!t weight chart!!! I switched from the 2.35 Stick E 60 tpi to the 2.35 DTC 120 tpi and according to the chart I was supposed to drop @ 2 lbs. Complete BS it dropped 100 grams tops after swapping out both tires.

Bottom Line:   
Yea I know I'm a little bitter, but I wasted my money with hopes of dropping @ 2 lbs with ease. Great tires but I feel ripped off and mislead into spending the $ for no reason. (Subtract 2 CHILLIES FROM THIS RATING)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   my shop


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by BigToe a Weekend Warrior from Prescott, AZ

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    None that I can think of... maybe that it is not on my bike anymore.

Weaknesses:    Um, where do I start... rolls slow, no traction whatsoever on loose over hard, doesn't ride all that good (suppleness), downright scary in the corners. Showed signs of significant wear after just the first ride.

Bottom Line:   
I was running this as a front tire with a Nevegal UST in the rear. This was quite possibly the worst tire combo I've ever ridden. If you want to hone your two wheel drifting and flat-tracking skills, then these tires might suit your needs. Otherwise steer clear of this rediculously overhyped combo. This tire didn't roll all that well, and as I mentioned before, it was downright scary on fast corners. I lost a ton of confidence riding this combo and as a result, have sworn off Kenda tires for good. I would never ride a BG again and would not let a friend ride them either. I would give them ZERO chilis if I could. If you ride loose over hard like I do, go with a Larson TT or Hutchinson Python NG MRC High... the difference in traction is life altering.

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Favorite Trail:   Granite Basin

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $46.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Small Block 8 UST, Kenda Nevegal UST, Hutchinson Python NG MRC High UST, IRC Mythos XC, Maxxis Larson TT

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Uber V 6x6, Maverick DUC32, 5th Element Air, Mavic 823 wheelset, Avid Juicy Carbons, Shimano Saint Crank, blah blah blah...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shark a Weekend Warrior from Indiana

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2006

Strengths:    No flats, good grip, not too bad rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I have the Blue groove on the front, great tire, steers well in the singletrack, & no flats yet, using stans sealant in them as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown County State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   Nevegal with tubes

Bike Setup:   '03 Liquid 20

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rodney Farrell a Cross Country Rider from Chesterfield, Derbs, England

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2006

Strengths:    Good predictable grip in all conditions and all terrain, rolled well, dual compound works well, not expensive. Perfect for all day technical riding.

Weaknesses:    Not found an outstanding weakness

Bottom Line:   
Recently recommended to 2 friends who are similarly raving about them.

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Favorite Trail:   Coed y brenin, MBR

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Scott, IRC, Bontrager tyres

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur, mostly cross country, some endurance racing, able+capable technically

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