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Kenda Kharisma Tire

3.29/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 575 grams


Product Description

  • All-conditions cross-country tire
  • Full knobby tread with front- and rear-specific patterns
  • L3RC compound with lightweight 60 TPI casing
  • Size: 26 x 1.95


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    Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by feedjerald a Cross Country Rider from Ekaterinburg, Russia

    Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

    Strengths:    good all over the ground (even wet and muddy)
    puncture resistable (no one during 3000 km)


    Weaknesses:    not for turns and corners in a wet city or - u slide down for shure
    too noisy on the pavement


    Bottom Line:   
    good enough for lite xc: ground, sand, grass
    but not for pavement and asphalt

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   schwalbe

    Bike Setup:   sram 5/7, shimano deore, marzocchi supercomp

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Tim Cameron a Weekend Warrior from Ogdensburg, NY

    Date Reviewed: February 8, 2007

    Strengths:    look great, nice roll on hard sufaces (pavement)

    Weaknesses:    no friggin grip on corners. Good luck keeping your bike under you on fast corners.

    Bottom Line:   
    I would'nt let my worst enemy to use these tires on a fast trail with turns, then again, chicks "dig" scars, RIGHT?

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    Favorite Trail:   all

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Treadmill-Potsdam,NY

    Bike Setup:   KHS Nomad

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Western Kentucky

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2005

    Strengths:    Thick casing makes it hard to rip out a sidewall.

    Weaknesses:    Even though it has an aggressive tread design, it never really hooks up. On off-camber trail, I slide down the camber. In thick mud, I spin. On hardpack, I am slow.

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't like these tire and am in the market for a new set as soon as I can afford them. I was very displeased with these tires...I had hoped for better results.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Bike Setup:   Running the UST version on a Santa Cruz SuperLite

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Clydesdale Crusher a Cross Country Rider from Grants Pass, OR

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2005

    Strengths:    Fast. REally stable in decomposed granite.

    Weaknesses:    soft

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been very pleased with the good grab up the wet loose stuff and on the sides of steep gullies. The Tioga's were a joke. The velociraptors were great but felt like I was driving a tractor. These Kenda's are fast and sticky. Good tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptor F&R, IRC Mythos, Tioga


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Steven a Racer from College Station, TX

    Date Reviewed: January 29, 2004

    Strengths:    looks cool

    Weaknesses:    first time out on the trail with them, a real rocky (small rocks) trail, and when i finished, i noticed most of the tread on my rear tire came off

    Bottom Line:   
    I dont know if I got a pair batch of tires or what, but these did not preform well at all.

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    Favorite Trail:   A&M

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came on my bike

    Similar Products Used:   Mythos XC, IRC Trailbears

    Bike Setup:   Redline Monocog, Psylo SL

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeremy Chandler a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville, TN

    Date Reviewed: November 18, 2003

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance fast tire hooks up well in the loose stuff climb like champs up steep or loose rocky stuff

    Weaknesses:    wet=fall on your butt..alot tire compund doesn't hook up well at all in watery mud or espically on wet roots so if you live somwhere where you get alot fo rain they will look good over your fireplace or as a picture frame maybe They are espically sensitive in cornering.... There is no leeway given, they either stick or slide out so it is a very fine line of tolerance you have to get accustomed to..took me about 2 wrecks worth Performance tire that demands attention to fine detail

    Bottom Line:   
    Tires have been extremely effective in dry hardpack and they have a noticeably low rolling resistance giving you high speeds quickly I love thses tires in the dry I think I will keep them around to put back on next summer when the rain subsides for a little while. As long as you use them for dry conditions they will hook you up once you get to know them. Fastest times I have ever turned out in the dry have been on these.

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    Favorite Trail:   Haw Ridge /Pisgah (NC) trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Won in Raffle at 24 hours of snowshoe

    Similar Products Used:   michelin comp s, XLS, IRC mythos F and R

    Bike Setup:   2000 GT Zaskar LE, full 02 XTR, easton carbon components mavic 517's w/ XT hub, sid SL, avid 1.9's WTB saddle cam with bike, time pedals. cane creek ergo ends

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Woody Elliott a Cross Country Rider from Richmond Va

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

    Strengths:    Not Sure

    Weaknesses:    Tread was designed in wrong direction. Casing is too weak.

    Bottom Line:   
    I weigh 180lbs and ride/race tons. Within first week, I realized that the tread was designed backwards, lots of slipping and poor braking. I reversed the tire and now it is fine. Also now it has been only two weeks and the sidewall is starting to rip. This can't be good!

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    Favorite Trail:   Douthat St Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Dirt Rag Subscription

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer FireXC Pro 2.1

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Element Team SC . XT Disc brakes. Marzocci MRX 100 front. Fox RL rear.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by A-1 a Weekend Warrior from Newport News, VA

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2003

    Strengths:    -red color goes great with my bike
    -fast
    -stellar on just about any surface


    Weaknesses:    -not good in mud

    Bottom Line:   
    These are great tires! They hook up on everything but sloppy mud. They have a really low rolling resistence and corner like a champ. I highly recommend them, especially if you can get a sweet deal on the pair from your LBS like I did. They were regularly $45 each and I got the F/R set for $60. 4 flamin' turds

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    Favorite Trail:   Harwoods, Lost, Lake Maury

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis

    Bike Setup:   '98 GT Aggressor, Marzocchi, Shimano, Race Face, Easton, Panaracer Dart/Smoke combo

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Larry a Racer from Brownsburg, IN

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2003

    Strengths:    Traction, low rolling resistance, looks

    Weaknesses:    Hard to find

    Bottom Line:   
    These are perhaps the most underrated tires around. The tire features a rough texture and the cornering and climbing traction is superb. I constantly washed out the front end using the stock Specialized tires, to the point I had lost confidence in my aggressive cornering style. These Kendas have given me back the confidence and now I’m flying through turns with the best of them. These are fast rollers too. I made the podium in the DINO season opener at Warsaw with these tires. I highly recommend them if you can find them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Winona Lake, Westwood, Nebo

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Continental

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Pro used almost exclusively for racing

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Wausau,WI,USA

    Date Reviewed: September 2, 2002

    Strengths:    I am a Clydesdale (6'-7" and 300lbs) and these tires should be narrow for me but they worked well on hard pack, gravel, rocks, roots, dry grass and even worked ok in sand. I ran the front at 50 PSI and the back at 55 PSI. No complants so far. Gripped very well for climbing.

    Weaknesses:    Kinda hard to get on rims.

    Bottom Line:   
    I like them. I don't think they will work in wet but I have wet tires on my other rims for those days.

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    Favorite Trail:   Nine Mil Forest

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   wild griper s, maxus helter skelter

    Bike Setup:   Trek 930 hard tail with mazocci bomber fork, bontrager rimes with asimetrical rear rear spoke spacing.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Monument, CO

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Looks good
    low rolling resistance
    grips well when new
    grips well when at low pressure


    Weaknesses:    wear out quickly
    slippery an hard pack and loose gravel if run at more than 45 psi


    Bottom Line:   
    Good tires if you like lower pressure and don't mind replacing them every 1,000 miles. A bit skinny, and don't work very well in sand.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Balanced Rock Bike & Ski

    Similar Products Used:   mich, panaracer,


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jerico a Cross Country Rider from Daly City, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2001

    Strengths:    Awesome looking tires, awesome traction on dirt, and low rolling resistance (on dirt). It sometimes feel like you can go faster that you would usually would on other tires.

    Weaknesses:    Slipery when wet. I'm always watching the weather to see if it's gonna rain because I don't want to use these on wet pavement. When I first received these, it seemed a little slugish for some reason on the pavement. The blue tires aren't so blue (it's slightly green), must be the retailer's fault.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are stylish tires, but with much left desired. They were a little disappointing because I was discourage to use them at first. I've always left the front tire in, but swapped the rear depending on the weather. I'm still trying to reap the rewards of theses babies.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dirt around Campus

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   1 set Over the phone

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Cross Country

    Bike Setup:   '99 F-700 Cannondale

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Baltimore, MD, US

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

    Strengths:    Fast, easy rolling.
    Color options, might find a color to make your bike look better.


    Weaknesses:    Requires a significant amount of air Pressure, Pinch Flats, poor handling in wet sloppy mud.

    Bottom Line:   
    You will need to play around with them to find the right air-preassure. Too low, Pinch Flat City --- Too High, and forget about turning.
    Overall I like riding these tires 3.5/5.0. They allow me to be more agressive, and roll much faster than ever before. They are much lighter than what I've previously riden, But I'm sure they're are lighter tires out there. Do not pay allot for these, I paid $60 for a pair with 4 tubes. I wouldn't buy from the rep untill he agreed to throw in the tubes... I recomend the same deal, You just might need them. In addition the Color options played into my decision to purchase. If looks are a factor, and you like the way they look, great. As far as Riding is concerned they are fast, agressive tires that once set right, and set up with your own ideal pressure will hold you on your line, and grip deep in a turn, then allow you to fly right out and accelerate fast on a straight. Ride'em and Like'em! I Do.

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    Favorite Trail:   McKeldon/Avalon

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Kenda Booth Jim Thorpe MTB Weekend 01'

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Smoke/Dart. (Heavy, slow, but much better in the mud)

    Bike Setup:   Giant ATX 890 Alumn frame, 2000 Z-2 Atom 80 Bomber Fork, Race-Face crank, XTR Drive-train, XTR Rapid fire rear shifter, S-Ram 6.0 grip-shift front, XTR V-Brakes, Cane-Creek c-2 head (Great product), Cane-Creek Thudbuster seat-post (another Great product) and of course Me (Steve).

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 27, 2001

    Strengths:    looks BOMBER
    reasonable weight
    good grip


    Weaknesses:    a little small for it's weight

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been running it up front and while I'm not terribly pleased with the weight/size ratio: 575g/1.7" (measured casing size) I've had no problems otherwise. Bottom line? Decent traction and aestetically awesome!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   NORBA expo

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos 1.9
    Specialized Team Control Team Edition 2.0
    Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1


    Bike Setup:   XC/trials

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