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Kenda Klaw XT Tire

3.81/5 (53 Reviews)
Weight : 600 grams MSRP : $30.00


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Product Description

  • Aggressive knobby for extreme cross-country and loose-condition riding
  • Optional Kevlar bead for less weight
  • Wide-spaced knobs to clear mud easily
  • Size: 26 x 1.95


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by THE WETTER THE BETTER

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2014

    Strengths:    affordable, aggressive, and durable. Great on wet or dry, loose or hard packed, confidence inspiring tire

    Weaknesses:    none that I can think of

    Bottom Line:   
    Have gone through 3 pairs, of these tires. "ALL MOUNTAIN PERFORMER!!!!" Have never gotten a flat, ride over thorn covered black berry branches, roots, rocks, YOU NAME IT. Live in the Northwest, very wet conditions half the year, no slippage, corners and climbs with predictable and consistent traction. If you ride pavement......These are not your tires, noise.vibration, accelerated tire wear...You know, just like a pick up off road tire. Anybody who down rates a MTB tire for flats or on-pavement performance is a fool. It's a "MOUNTAIN" bike tire. JUST REMEBER, TIRES ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART ON THE BIKE!!!!!!!

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by raverboy a Downhiller from Easton Pa, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 27, 2011

    Strengths:    Great tire in every condition you can throw at it. Never has the bike slid out from under me. Amazing grip traction is good. They take forever to wear down. I put maybe 2,500 miles on these tires and they are still going strong!

    Weaknesses:    Not very good in the snow. Gets real squirrelly in turns hard as hell to keep the bike upright. Had some falls in the snow but no big stuff.

    Bottom Line:   
    Not a bad tire to utilize in harsh terrains. I highly suggest purchasing this tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ironton and Cementon trails

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bike

    Bike Setup:   Diamondback Response Sport

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by M.C. a Cross Country Rider from wall, nj usa

    Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011

    Strengths:    inexpensive, good bang for the buck, decent in the mud

    Weaknesses:    Not great in the sand, not great at climbing rooty trails

    Bottom Line:   
    OK for the money, I guess. I never felt confident riding these tires on the sandy trails we have around here. The bike never seemed to go where I pointed it. These tires also had issues climbing steep rooty trails.

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    Favorite Trail:   Allaire Park

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   kenda nevigal, bell kevlar mountain bike tires

    Bike Setup:   gt xcr 1500, epicon fork, fox float rear shock, xt rear derailleur, xtr front derailleur

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

    Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

    Strengths:    grip! it has way more grip than i have climbing ability. rock gardens are no problem and im a beginer. in sand its ok i hate pedaling in sand with it but ive never fell down. can't wait to try them in mud.

    Bottom Line:   
    i'd buy them again.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   diamondback recoil.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by benji123 a Cross Country Rider from Florida

    Date Reviewed: August 8, 2010

    Strengths:    durability, grip, comfortable ride on rode.

    Weaknesses:    I ran over a sand spur and it sprung a leak.

    Bottom Line:   
    Its a great tire. It came on my bike about a year ago and has not stopped going strong. it has great grip and has a comfortable ride on the rode as well as on all types of terrain.

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    Favorite Trail:   Fort Clinch State Park

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Bike Setup:   full suspension daimondback

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by LENS68 a Weekend Warrior from Waltham. MA

    Date Reviewed: May 16, 2010

    Strengths:    Grip, grip and grip. If you are riding in the North East woods, the norm is to find, a lots of roots, mud, and rain while riding. I had the kenda karmas that came originally with my bike but after sliding 2 times and getting bruises and scratches. May be I was a little bit speedy with I slided, but any way, I decided I needed more grip. I check on the kenda nevegal (too much volume), the specialized capitain (did not convinced me). then I tried these ones. Then I found these ones. Cheap, lots of grip, and they roll aggressively well.

    Weaknesses:    None yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you find it, it is worth and cheap!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Walden Pond MTB Trail, Lincoln, MA

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Cycling an Sking Wat

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Specialized Capitan.

    Bike Setup:   Giant XTC_2, 29 inches.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ciaran Mauro a Weekend Warrior from St. Helena, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

    Strengths:    Grip, Life, Looks, Size, Durability

    Weaknesses:    Rubber Ages

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this tire stock on an 05' Diamondback Sorrento. The Rear was long gone by 2 years of use, but the front, oh my god. I took it off easily back in 2006 and then the bike was stolen. I kept the old 2.1 Front tire with me for some reason and after numerous bikes and me getting more and more into biking, I slapped em on an 08' custom Marin DJer as a cheap alternative to buying.

    God almighty, they are great! 5 year old tires shouldn't ever be described as that, it's just not right. Yes the rubber is aging but that is to be expected. For easily the first year+ before I was really into MTBing I rode them on road all the time. And now that they're on my park bike, I do again! [instead of trying to road ride a dh bike with the super sticky, super wearing tread] But this tire still can hold its own up on the trails. I recently noticed that the side tread was FINALLY cracking from hard pavement cornering, but that's just fine. Even though Kenda "discontinued" it a few years back, it is still being manufactured wearily under the name Kenda K881 or Klaw XT. So I found a pair and bought them. And am very eager to replace the old and put 2 new Klaw XT 2.1 Fronts on the Marin.

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    Favorite Trail:   Upper/Lower 4H, Rollercoaster

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Came On Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Telonix, Multiple Maxxis', WTB's, ect.

    Bike Setup:   Marin Northside Trail DJ Frame, Zocchi Gran Fondo 1 Fork, WTB components, Front avid disc, 7 speed ancient shimano drivetrain, [I.E. Fully Custom Bike]

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by dirtjmper192 a Racer from woodstock, ON, canada

    Date Reviewed: May 1, 2010

    Strengths:    good in muddy conditions, over roots, singletrack

    Weaknesses:    lots of flats, i've had these tires for a year and have had 3 flats

    Bottom Line:   
    all of the flats suck, but overall this is a very good tire

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Aspen


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Red_Bellied a Weekend Warrior from CLT

    Date Reviewed: April 8, 2010

    Strengths:    GRIP, GRIP, GRIP!

    Bottom Line:   
    I stumbled on this tire @ a donated, used LBS and bought it to replace a Bontrager Jones XR rear (only 1 tire). What a difference! I took it out today for the first time, and it happened to rain mid-through the trail. The rear was already better planted in the dry, but as soon as it started to rain, it grabbed and clawed over roots and rocks, and inspired confidence through slippery rock gardens and climbs the way XR's could only have wet dreams about!

    Great tire as a rear. Time will tell if it has the same wear issues as others report.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sherman

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Trips for Kids Bicyc

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones XR & Kenda Nevegal

    Bike Setup:   GF Piranha

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by pellertpale a Weekend Warrior from Ft Wayne, IN, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2009

    Strengths:    Plenty o traction, and the seem pretty sturdy overall.

    Weaknesses:    I guess a lack speed on pavement.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good enough to stick with for a beginner. Will upgrade to something lighter when needed.

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    Favorite Trail:   Franke Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Good

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga Comp

    Bike Setup:   IH Maverick 1.2

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by fasteddie_0008 a Downhiller from Durango Colorado

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

    Strengths:    The tires are good and thick and the knobs last for a pretty good time.

    Weaknesses:    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm....I think maybe the back tire in the middle of the treads they wear out easly.

    Bottom Line:   
    There great tires to start off with until I or you can afford to upgrade them thats all.

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    Favorite Trail:   Amazon Descent trial

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Albuquerque NM Bike

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   2000 Diamondback X-Link all stock and had this bike for 9 years

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by lssyac a Cross Country Rider from rugby

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

    Strengths:    good grip in lots of stuff, loose gravel and road!

    Weaknesses:    wear a little quickly on the back

    Bottom Line:   
    good tyre for general off road stuff, loads of grip, inspired cornering and breaking. do wear a little quick on the rear so if i have any road work, i use something else, and just spend a little longer in the shed changing tyres as i want these to last as long as possible!

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    Favorite Trail:   cotswolds

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   richtley z max (great), bontrager Jones AC (rubbish), panaracer Fire XC (not great, but not as bad as Jones)

    Bike Setup:   hardtail

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Anchorage, Ak

    Date Reviewed: June 10, 2009

    Strengths:    Great traction on any surface!

    Weaknesses:    lots of rolling resistance
    kind of squirrley on loose sand but that is probably to be expected


    Bottom Line:   
    A great tire especially for something to come on the bike. I have hit some of the major trails and most of the dirt roads in my area and have nothing but good things to say. They grab great on hills, gravel, dirt, mud, etc...

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    Favorite Trail:   all of them

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Sports Authority

    Bike Setup:   Diamondback Recoil

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gaz De Blue a Weekend Warrior from Manchester, UK

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009

    Strengths:    These tyres are just superb in wet muddy trail conditions, they grip on anything thrown at them. They are great on normal dry off-road stuff too.

    Weaknesses:    Tough going on tarmac,but I guess they are not manifactured for that purpose

    Bottom Line:   
    If you do lots of off-road cycling, try and get your hands on these tyres. Any condition and terrain they will be just fine.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tandle Hill

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Evans Cycles in manc

    Similar Products Used:   Scwa;lbe Skinny Jimmy, obsolete now

    Bike Setup:   Hand built

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dtf1230 a Cross Country Rider from Bolingbrook, Illinois

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2009

    Strengths:    tires have very bulky thick tread blocks and also spread out...great traction for any terrain.

    Weaknesses:    harder to ride on pavement...thick tread blocks cause you to slow down...but then again, its a MOUNTAIN bike tire...

    Bottom Line:   
    this tire will get you anywhere you need to go, rain or shine...

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years


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