Strengths: Super lite
cheap way to drop a pound of rolling weight. Most tires this light cost twice as much!
Weaknesses: VERY small volume
slightly porous sidewalls and loose tire bead
Out of the box
When these arrived and I opened them up, I was pretty pissed. They are nowhere near 1.95. I have a 1.5" all terrain tire that looks the same volume!! They will balloon up a bit when inflated though though. The one good thing is that they came in well underweight, my scale showed 315g and 325g. The sidewalls are not as thin as I expected- there is definitely more rubber (and less pin holes) than continentals.
I'm not very heavy at 150lbs, but I just don't have any confidence to run this tire with tubes- very thin to puncture easily and low volume to pinch easily. They are however a little difficult to set up tubeless. The tire bead is very loose and goes on the rim too easy, making it hard to inflate even with an air compressor. I needed to add an extra rim strip. They also have small pin holes, not on the entire sidewall but just near the rim (much less than contis), which take some time to seal up.
I've only got 1 race and 1 ride on them, so have not experimented with the full range of psi yet. They do grip and hookup, including cornering, a lot better than I expected! The bike feels extremely nimble and in control, I can move/place the front and rear wheels with precision. They are a bit bumpy, which is an expected trade-off, but maybe I have yet to find the psi sweet-spot.
The thing accelerates like a road bike! The absolute perfect scenario for this tire is a switchback climb. I can stop in the middle of a steep climb, do a trackstand, then pickup my pedal stroke again! The wheels are just that easy to turn!
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Clara, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2010
Strengths: Very very light. Good grippy tread pattern.
Weaknesses: Very very fragile! Like a baby's bottom! I rode mine on a simple flat fire road with ruts barely 1/2 deep, and I got a pinch flat! You gotta be kidding me? No thorns no glass, nothing, just a damn pinch flat. I'm 160# and and I had these at 40 psi. VERY dissappointed.
Very light, but very susceptible to pinch flatting. Side walls are barely there
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009
Strengths: Fast, Light, Lightning Fast
Weaknesses: Tiny pinholes in thin sidewalls took a while to seal with stans
Setup was a headache (see weaknesses), but was very impressed with the first ride. Very fast on dry and paved, decent cornering on roadbase, gravel, good through short patches of snow and mud, fair on ice. There aren't many tires this light, and on my 41 mile ride they didn't slow me down at all compared to beefier tires save for a few hundred yards. And they were faaaaaast on the other 40.75 miles. They are only 1.75" tires, but they are good for their intended use. Much better traction on loose and wet surfaces than Forte FasTrack semi-slicks and just as fast on dry or paved as far as I can tell.
Similar Products Used: Forte FasTrack Folding MTB Tire
Bike Setup: Motobecane fly hardtail, SID with lockout, crossmax SL, tubeless
a Weekend Warrior
from Fuquay Varina
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2009
Strengths: Light and Fast!
Weaknesses: Light and susceptible to pinch flats on rooty, rocky technical terrain.
Though these are much narrower than the 1.95 it claims, these are serviceable. I decided to leave them on the bike until I started getting flats. After a few months and a couple of pinch flats I switched to heavy duty michelin muds. I am doing my first race soon, 12 trail miles and 30 street (paved/dirt road) miles. I will definitely be using these as they will be adequate on the trails and fly on the road.
For advanced or very technical trails, I would use something with a stronger sidewall.
4 Chilis if used for the intended purpose.
Strengths: Fast Fast and great traction all over, rocky, sandy hardpack this is an XC race tire that is feather light, run 30 PSI and it grips, I have ran this in XC races and 6 hour events great XC race tire.
Weaknesses: None thus far, affordable and super light weight
Give em a try I love em, they run narrow, all good when you wanna haul some butt. If you are 200+ pound and riding a super technical XC trail, this is not your tire. If you are a light fast XC racer who wants 20+ MPH speed in the straights this is your tire.
Similar Products Used: Michelin XCR DRy 2, Hutchinson Pythons
Bike Setup: 2008 Litespeed Ocoee Hardtail all XTR with Sid race fork
a Cross Country Rider
from Olney, MD
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2009
Strengths: Fast! Light.
Weaknesses: Smaller than claimed. Low puncture protection. Useless in mud.
This is a great tire for its intended purpose. Do not buy this tire as an all around trail tire! Go get some nevegals if that is what you need. I put a set of these on a lightweight XC hardtail that I built for fast, hilly hardpack. The tire is super fast and light. It handles roots great. The downsides are that it is smaller than claimed, so you have to run much higher pressure to avoid pinch flats. It also makes it less desirable in rock gardens. Also it is useless in mud. The low profile knobs fill up with mud quick, and this tire does not shed mud at all, so it pretty much rides like a slick tire in muddy conditions. But Kenda does not make any claims that this is an all conditions tire. It is made for dry hardpack, and that is what it excels at. For value I give it 3 chillis, only because it is not a durable tire, so you will probably go through them quick. Overall I give them 5 chillis though because they do exactly what they are supposed to-make you super fast on hardpack.
Strengths: Got these for a hillclimb & xc race. They are really light and fast rolling with pretty descent grip even in the mud. Bought the UST version which claims to be around 600 grms, and always use w/Stans sealant. Very happy with them in race...took 1st!
Weaknesses: Narrow...which means they tend to loose traction faster in rocks and hard breaking,and you won't have as much control in really technical situations. I'd only use for racing or less technical terrain.
good, fast race tire for courses that don't have allot of technical descents or rocks.
Similar Products Used: Pythons, Piranhas, Ignitors
Bike Setup: Specialized Epic Carbon, Mavic wheels
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008
Strengths: Very fast rolling and low resistance
Weaknesses: Very super thin, feels just a tad bit thicker than a bike tube. Extremly small for a 1.95
This tire kinda scares me. It is just way too thin. I got 4 flats in a month by tumbleweed stickers, and that's just communting on asphalt and a patch of grass along the way. I really love that you can just haul ass on these tires, it is way too easy. The bad side is that you have to check your tire pressure every week, anything below 30psi and you get pinch flats. Just carry extra tubes.
It could have been made thicker. Overall it's a tire that I use as a standard when it comes to fast rolling and low resistance.
Bike Setup: 700ds Moto, thomson seatpost and stem, vuelta rims, titec pluto bar ends, fox vanilla shock
a Cross Country Rider
from los angeles,ca. / toronto, ontario
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2008
Strengths: good tread design, open spacing and aggressive knobs, dual compound. excellent flat resistance and durability.
Weaknesses: dont know , maybe a little noisier than ide prefer but then so is the wind...
cross country and serious speedwork. the tire is not by any means a heavy duty off road mountain tire. it rules single track and dry conditions, grass and hardpack. it is a tire made to get go and it brakes well too. wicked designed knobs with good spacing and tread details. it has excellent flat resistance and i feel secure depending on them while pushing it to its edges. dual compound works. kenda rules.
Bike Setup: rigid 90s lite chromo racer, all ti fittings, sun ringle rpm-american classic cross country wheelsets
a Cross Country Rider
from Palm Desert, CA
Date Reviewed: February 29, 2008
Strengths: Light; fast as a road slick; lack of wire bead makes mounting/dismounting easily done with bare hands; looks very sleek. With tires this light- who needs tubeless?
Weaknesses: Not 1.95" wide as claimed- more like 1.75" to be exact.
First- let me make it perfectly clear; THESE ARE NOT ALL-MOUNTAIN, DOWNHILL, DIRT JUMP OR FREERIDE TIRES!!! They are ONLY for racing, some urban assault and light XC riding. Also, they are not as delicate, as some claim. I have ridden the lightest XC tire- Maxxis MaxxLite 310... and those tires' sidewalls feel like paper.
I have effectively removed 1.2lbs from my bike, and the difference is felt the moment you turn those cranks. It makes the bike accelerate like a missle, and coasts nearly forever now, due to Kenda's L3R technology. Don't listen to everything you read- these tires hook-up very well in dry hardpack, light sand, and some loose stuff too. Just keep the pressure between 40-50psi and these tires are very durable, anywhere you ride. If you want very light tire, with almost no rolling resistence(very quiet!), and can tolerate the cyclocross tire width....I think Kenda did a great job with this tire.
I would not suggest going Stan's NoTubes, with this tire. Although it can definitely be done- the lack of a wire sealing bead will have you checking tire pressures daily. In fact, unmounted- these tires hang like a wet towel. But are by no means flimsy. Otherwise, these tires serve my intended riding needs very well. I would buy these tires again.
Favorite Trail: Hurkey Creek Park (24hrs/Adrenalin Course)
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: eBay
Similar Products Used: Maxxis MaxxLite 310; Panaracer Cyclocross tires.
Bike Setup: 22lb Cannondale Optimo hardtail.
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008
Strengths: uber light, fast rolling, respectable traction for SS
Weaknesses: less than 1.95 and questionable puncture resstance
These tires are designed for one thing; going fast over moderate terrain. No freeriding or technical riding with these on unless you're Hans Ray on a dry day. I believe in tires to be purpuse specific. I dropped a whole pound with these along with some conti light tubes. incredible acceleration and amazing speed (low rolling resistance) Will be great for the short-track series and fire road riding and rail-to-trails.
Similar Products Used: Revolt SS. XC dry. Michelin sprint
Bike Setup: Cannondale Furio frame, headshock super fatty 80mm fork, LX/XT mix,Easton post, Crossland Wheels, hope mini's disks
from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2007
Weaknesses: Don't even think about it if it rains.
Weight is noticed immediately! I weigh 115lbs so I run a low 32 psi. I tried 28 psi, but pinch flat during a race. The low pressure hooks up on hard pack or loose over hard pack. These tires lasted a 16 race season. They are not 1.95. They measure closer to 1.75. If you can race these tires over technical terrain, you can't help but become a better rider.
The bad news is they are worthless in the rain or even in damp conditions. Damp roots are scary. These are strictly race tires!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2007
Strengths: Light-weight. grips decent when dry. 1.65". low rolling resistance as advertised.
Weaknesses: Constant fear of flats. extremely slippery when wet. drain covers, loose surfaces are the prime locations for skidding.
for the price i paid of these babies, i could have gotten slicks. but given the light-weight and low rolling resistance it's a pretty decent investment i guess. just gotta see how long it will last.
dry conditions are fine. just beware when the weather is wet. skids under hard braking, may even wash out if balance is out. heard of pinch flat risks, yet to experience them. perhaps my style of cycling isnt that aggressive.
What do you think of these for my beater?
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90% blacktop, the woods are bumpy but just roots.
Won't see much debris on the streets either.
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Well after reading the reviews on the Kenda Klimax Lite I decided to order a couple and give them a try. At 345grams I can't wait to see how they pedal. Has anyone tried the Klimax Lite? I'll be using them with Stans so pressure will be around 30psi.Read More »