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Kenda K-Rad Tire

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Weight : 635 grams MSRP : $29.95


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Product Description

The K-RadTire from Kenda has a checkerboard-shaped knob design, making it a versatileTireThat performs well on streets, dirt, or ramps. Checkerboard-shaped knob design KnurledTread surface forTraction and control Ribbing between knobs strengthensThe casing Steel/wire bead Recommend PSI 30-80 Published weight 750 grams


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Miller

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2013

Strengths:    Affordable, Great all around tire

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great tire, recommend it to anyone for the price.

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Purchased At:   Savages

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Holy Roller, Halo Twin Rail, and Kenda Small Block Eights.

Bike Setup:   Custom Norco Havoc 2012

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reese

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2013

Strengths:    for what theses tyres are mad for they are amazing.urban use, park, tightly packed dirt trails. and so much cheeper than the maxxis holy rollers

Weaknesses:    they will slide out on loose dirt

Bottom Line:   
way worth it !!! lol

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2012

Strengths:    Rolls fast
Looks good
High pressure
I was suprised at how good of traction they had when I tried them off-road. I have been riding purely mountain tires for the last year and After switching to something MUCH more street friendly I was surprised with the change (I used to ride Specialized Resolutions) I run at about 70PSI


Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I got these for 17 bucks each at price point. that's 17$ for the DTC 2.3 tires. It was a steal, because of price per performance, 5/5

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Purchased At:   Price Point


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2012

Strengths:    These tires are best thing that happen on my bike. They roll smooth, no vibrations, beautiful sound...

Weaknesses:    Durability. Last tire rode up quickly. These are not really for offroad.

Bottom Line:   
They are reliable and very good quality. As I said, offroad and durability are problems. Over all, these are the best.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lew242 a Downhiller from UK and China

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012

Strengths:    Inexpensive, easy to mount, mounts up true, looks cool, high volume, rolls quick, rounded profile can lean beautifully at higher pressures, yet is stable at lower pressures for stunts.

Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
Review is for 2.3.
This tire suits me perfectly. The balloon like volume is excellent, adds to the suspension, which really helps Ali HT bikes rough rides. With 30psi you can hop really high and track-stand for ages and take heavy hits rolling down stairs and doing urban drops to flat without much risk of pinch flatting, nice and wide for wheelies and manuals also work fine on dry dirt, wouldn't trust them too much in the wet or mud, might make a good summer rear tire if paired up with a Minion DHF. As good as it gets for its use, but I think the DMR Moto Digger 2.3 might have a tad more bite although less volume and slower.

If you commute and want to have fun on the way to work this tire will suit you perfectly, Despite its size it surprisingly hardly slows you down at all yet provides you with so many options, I'll never go near a narrow (1.5-1.75) slick tire for commuting ever again.

You only need three tires: Minion DHFs in the woods, Wet Screams if it snows or rains when you're there, and K-rads for everything else.

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Favorite Trail:   Depends on mood

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR, Maxxis Detonator, Holy Roller, Maxxis Larsen TT, Maxxis High Roller, CST Maverick, Kenda Nevegal, WTB Prowler, DMR Moto RT, DMR Moto Digger, Conti Avenue

Bike Setup:   Three bikes, DJ, XC, FR/AM FS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by beach cruiser a Weekend Warrior from Redondo Beach , Ca.

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011

Strengths:    rolls well, high pressure, very round .

Weaknesses:    hard to find in the performance version, 2.3

Bottom Line:   
This tire tread design is made many ways and all called K-rad. I ride the 2.3 which is rated at 80 psi and uses a dual compound tread. This is a good street tire, well made, and almost quiet at 80 pounds pressure. No buzzing tire noise. Round, even ,cross section is good for street, tread doesn't washout in a fast lean. Light weight is evident in the sidewalls, mine have some rock damage.

Hard to find a high pressure tire in a wide cross section. One of the best for street with a little tread for insurance if you want to go sightseeing in the country. Holds in the wet.

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Favorite Trail:   the strand

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Kenda booth bike sho

Similar Products Used:   various brands and other Kenda

Bike Setup:   wheel upgrade and all to sport comfort Raleigh comfort MTB frame, stock crank and paint. Goal: perfect bike for Yosemite Valley.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rileyf2006 a Racer from Petaluma, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2011

Strengths:    Rolls really good on asphalt or hard packed track.
solid tread pattern.
lasts a long time.
Inexpensive


Weaknesses:    on the heavier side.
decent but not great grip on loose stuff


Bottom Line:   
Great value for fast street, track and mild off road tire.

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Favorite Trail:   napa bmx track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Petaluma Cyclery

Bike Setup:   24" bmx cruiser

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by swimsurk a Weekend Warrior from pensylvania

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010

Strengths:    Great tread, can be used for dirt jumping and street

Weaknesses:    Back tire wears quicker besides that great

Bottom Line:   
Great tire can be used for both dirt and street may slide a little on dust or loose dirt besides that great and a great price

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Favorite Trail:   mulchs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   bycle shop

Similar Products Used:   Maxis Holly roller

Bike Setup:   Black Market Malice, Atomlab rims, profile hubs, dk cranks, bada boom handle bars, Marrizocci DJ1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott H. a Cross Country Rider from Pacific Grove, CA, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2010

Strengths:    Cushy ride, fast rolling, no vibrations, quiet and peaceful,the best part is rocks don't get stuck in the tread like the Maxxis Minions.

Weaknesses:    The 2.5 is only rated for up to 50 psi.

Bottom Line:   
Today is June 3rd, 6/3/2010. Hey I thought all of the K-Rads were good for up to 80 psi? Wrong! The 2.5 is only rated for up to 50 psi. None of the ads that I saw say that. Okay, well, 50 psi is kind of mushy so I aired them up to 60 psi and that is a noticeable difference. Still a little cushy but that's nice.

I am 6'4" 340, so I had to find a bike that can hold me up with out bending the rims from riding on flat pavement and the Kona Stinky Six is able to do that. Going down stairs and what not, I haven't even had to true the wheels! Amazing! It's one of the market's only cross-country/freeride bikes and it's quite easy to pedal up and down hills. Then I put on the 26" x 2.5" Kenda K-Rads with some Kenda Downhill Tubes (2.25mm thick rubber)and the ride is even more plush.

The frame and fork on the Kona Stinky Six is plenty wide to leave room around the 2.5" tires. The chain doesn't drag on the tire when in low low gear still lots of room for dirt and twigs. I got the schrader valve tubes because with my weight the Presta valves lose about 10 psi every two days. Schrader valves don't do that. I had to air the tires up to 60 psi and they still aren't hard. But so far so good, and if the sidewalls can't handle the pressure then it's my fault and I will order another pair and ride at 50 psi. Honestly I think they could handle 70 psi no problem. They are a strong tire.

Great on the asphalt, pretty good on the dirt. Watch out for cornering on loose gravel, they slide on that stuff. But that can be accommodated by doing one of the old style turns where the rider leans way out away from the bike while holding the bike straight up and down. I deal with it by riding slower. You just have to get used to it and then it is second nature. Other than that they handle great on everything just like a regular knobby tire. I do 20-40 mile rides and these tires are real nice, strong, comfy, quiet and don't vibrate my hands to death. When I'm out away from civilization in the countryside I can ride along and my bike doesn't make one sound. Pretty peaceful. I keep everything really tuned up, aligned, lubed and quiet. The K-Rads definitely added to that effect. I can't feel the weight of the bike or the weight of the tires and tubes. The tires most certainly weighed about the same as the original Maxxis Minions. I ride the same speed with a 25 pound Yeti as I do a 45 pound Kona, slow. So these tires are great since I automatically gained a couple of miles per hour with this tread. The tread is slightly deeper than I expected which is a plus. They still grip in the dirt, just not in the deep muck. But if I plan on riding in the mud then I throw the Maxxis Minions on which the bike came with. The sidewalls are of equal thickness to the Minions as well.

Kenda K-Rads are a fast, smooth, grippy yet comfortable set of tires. I paid $42 for the pair.If you want more speed go with the skinnier K-Rads. The 2.3" would be faster but less cushy. The 1.95" K-Rads at 80 psi must go like a rocket. Price and quality are great. I am happy with the performance and the tread appears to be long wearing. These tires are awesome!Five chilis value and four overall for the 50 psi lower pressure, which was a suprise. Thanks for reading! Scott H., Pacific Grove, CA, U.S.A.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Ord Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   www.UniversalCycles.

Similar Products Used:   Many different tires over the years. There is no way I could remember them all.

Bike Setup:   2009 Kona Stinky Six with a Fox Vanilla-R rear coil shock and 20mm thru-axle Marzocchi Bomber 55-RS fork. Six inch travel front and back, NO BOB. 1.5" Z-Orbit Headset. FSA Moto-X cranks. Hayes Stroker Ryde hydraulic disc brakes with 7" rotors. Topeak Beam Rack E-type with MTX trunk bag. L-bar ends. Light and Motion Vega headlight, planet bike blinky/steady tail light. Specialized narrow seat. 26" x 2.5" Kenda K-Rads with Kenda 2.25mm thick 2.4-2.7 inch range downhill inner tubes. Mirrycle Incredibell. Gotta have the bell with a silent bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sturmruger a Weekend Warrior from bpt. ct.

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2010

Strengths:    grippy, fast rolling, 80 psi!

Weaknesses:    the tires are smaller than they advertise.

Bottom Line:   
these tires are just what ive been looking for! fastrolling grippy hi psi urban tire! mine are 26x2.3... they hold 80 psi. they perform just as well as the maxxis holy rollers but at half the price! i got a pair of kendas for 40. the maxxis are 80!

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Favorite Trail:   east side

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   spoke n wheel

Similar Products Used:   maxxis holy rollers, specialized adreline.

Bike Setup:   full custom diamondback response! fox talas fork, mavic rims, juicy brakes, shimano hollow tec 2 cranks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by fatcat a Weekend Warrior from los angeles

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2009

Strengths:    2.5 version, super fast, very little resistance

Weaknesses:    weak sidewalls

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2.5 version. Great rolling, the bike takes off fast and has some bite on the dirt as well. I use it for street riding and dirt.

Although there is not much tread, the tire is no lightweight, it weighs as much as a Maxxis Highroller or Minion. So don't think youre going to be getting off too easy.

You can't have your cake and eat it too, so the only bad thing about the tire is that it slides around on loose hardpack, but once the loose dirt is gone, it takes off like a rocket. It handles wet, rooty and rocky terrain as well like any other knobby tire.

If you are involved in a XC or Super D race, these are the tires to use to get the least amount of rolling resistance. Or if you are a slow or fat rider, try these to get more speed on the trail. The price is right too, they are between twenty one and twenty eight dollars each. The 1.95 and 2.30 are slightly cheaper.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   universal cycles

Similar Products Used:   maxxis highroller SS 2.35

Bike Setup:   kona stinky

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by harvs a Weekend Warrior from Seaford,East Sussex,United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2009

Strengths:    The kenda k-rads i recieved were the norco blue ones which are very stylish and grippy on the roads

Weaknesses:    Not good off road didnt have the grip round the berms

Bottom Line:   
Good if you like riding street but if you want to do some dirt too they arent that grippy

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Favorite Trail:   Friston forest ;)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   JEJames cycles, they

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis high rollers

Bike Setup:   Norco Ryde 09-stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by @lex a Cross Country Rider from Houghton, MI

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

Strengths:    Smooth, rolls nice on asphalt, fast on hard packed.

Weaknesses:    Not great for all around use.

Bottom Line:   
I love these tires! I like to ride pretty gravel, hard packed trails, and road. They roll nice on asphalt and concrete. On hard packed trails, they really cruise along. In soft stuff and mud, they're obviously not the best and I haven't ridden on rock. Like I said, the three areas that I primarily ride they work great. I had 2.3s on my P.2 and I have the 1.95s on my Hardrock. I like Kenda because they make a pretty good tire that is reasonably priced. There are more expensive tires out there, but these ones are pretty fun. They wear pretty well too.

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Favorite Trail:   Peninsula

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $36.00

Purchased At:   Amazon, JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kwick

Bike Setup:   P.2/Hardrock (Both had/have K-Rads)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gbosbiker a Weekend Warrior from Adams MA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2009

Strengths:    good for the park. front lasts forever. still has losts of tread left after 6 months of daily riding.

Weaknesses:    rear wore quick. lacked a little grip on dirt. only slipped on high speed corners. slips on 180s while on dirt. the rear finally gave up though. the side-wall started falling apart. caused the whole tire to warp while riding.

Bottom Line:   
very good tire. lasts long, and good for street or HARDpack dirt. holds up well. if you want something for everything, this is the way to go. good for everything. they are like the maxxis holy rollers, but better.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Bike Setup:   dk rage bmx dirt jumper.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fitprk1man1227 a Weekend Warrior from temecula,california

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2009

Strengths:    tready, great 4 any terrain, last 4ever, and nothing like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    nothing they rock

Bottom Line:   
the best tires ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   the sunney meadow jump trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   dans comp

Similar Products Used:   none my first k-rad were all i ever needed

Bike Setup:   fitbike prk 1 23 tooth sprocket and odessey pc pedals

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