Kenda Karma UST Tubeless Tire

3.64/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $29.98


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Product Description

Fast cross-country tread pattern offering predictable handling. Kenda's premier lightweight tubeless tire. Low-profile square knobs offer plenty of grip. Superior tire construction for UST designed tubeless tire. One pattern for front or rear use. Also available in a tube-type construction.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by tim rapp a Racer

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2013

Strengths:    good for riders under 145 lbs who don't ride rocky/rooty trails

Weaknesses:    cut easily, poor traction unless pressure super low

Bottom Line:   
Rode the 1.95" size on rear wheel for a month with stans. I weight 165 lbs and have a 4" travel FS bike and rode these at 30 psi (I inflate before each ride). Any more pressure and the traction is bad in corners. Two cuts to the casing that stans didn't fix. Great on really buff trails but too skinny for anything else.

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Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal 2.1 non-UST @ 35 psi on rear wheel -- these hook up great!

Bike Setup:   4" full suspension XC race bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David_315 a Cross Country Rider from greenfield wi

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2008

Strengths:    Fast light

Bottom Line:   
I like the tires a lot but i am running 3bar front and back around 43psi. when it gets sandy it kinds kinda scary. It took me along time to get used to taking corners fast. I see alot of people running 25-35Psi i tryed just not my thing i am a bigger guy around 210lb.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $48.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Carl from South Africa

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2007

Strengths:    Not as expensive as the Crossmarks. Not bad on rocky terrain. Can be deflated to 1.5 bar on tubeless(DT Swiss XR1540 rims with Joe's tubeless kit) no puctures sofar...

Weaknesses:    Noisy on hardpacked surface. Disaster on sandy tracks. Can be deflated for better ride, but cornering suffers badly. BAD grip on fast corners, even on tar with 2.3 bar onboard.

Bottom Line:   
Does not work for me. Lots of sandy tracks where i life. maybe it is due to the 1.95? But the Smallblock 8 is 1.9 and has a better feel. Do not feel safe on cornering.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Anton's cycles

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis crossmark, Kenda Smallblock 8

Bike Setup:   Hardtail Raleigh carbon frame, SRAM X9 shifters,X9 rear,XTR front,Juicy 5,Reba Race, DTSwiss 1540 wheels(Joe's tubeless)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Glenn a Cross Country Rider from York, PA

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2007

Strengths:    Fast, light XC tire with grip in the corners. Very light for a UST tire. Climbs like a champ! Great tire for dry, hardpack trails.

Weaknesses:    Can't think of one,

Bottom Line:   
A great little tire. I was a little uneasy at first with the 1.95 size, but confidence returned almost immediately after riding one of our more technical trails. The tire handled everything I could throw at it (steep climbs with roots and rocks; fast descents; rock gardens' and tight switchbacks). My tire of choice for dry conditions. I will probably switch out to the bigger Kemda Nevegals when conditions turn to wet, muddy.

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Favorite Trail:   Michaux Trail System

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark UST

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur XC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcos Moya a Racer from Mexico

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

Strengths:    Very light, it rules in races, climbing is the best, and it doesn have roll resistance. the acceleration with this tires is great too!!. Also it has a lot of durability but i recomend to put tubless slime. With the slime and 35 psi the tires work for 6 months of hard use.

Weaknesses:    I belive that the problem is when you descend with a lot of speed, you cannot control it, but is because the 1.95 inch width.

Bottom Line:   
I recomend a lot this tires for races, because you need more speed than control jeje, the adrenaline makes you to control your bike. When you get a flat and the slime doesnt help you, easy put a tube and go to the near bike shop for repair it and put more slime.

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Favorite Trail:   Cerro Bola-Cd. Juarez

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Power Shots bike shop

Similar Products Used:   specialized roll x, hutchinson phyton

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumpler FSR Elite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane Australia

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2006

Strengths:    Amazing grip from a small width tire, very fast rolling

Weaknesses:    Nil

Bottom Line:   
A great tire for fast cross country work and racing. Amazing grip on smooth hard packed single track, I am yet to find their limits. Fully recommend this tire to anyone looking for a more XC rather than all mountain tire. The race tire to have.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Geax, Hutchinson, etc etc

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 Spot with Crossmax SL's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nicholas a Cross Country Rider from Reno, Nevada, USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2005

Strengths:    See the bottom line.

Weaknesses:    See the bottom line.

Bottom Line:   
This little tire is awesome. I have been riding it on mostly hard pack dirt that has intermittent sand and rock sections. I was very skeptical of this tire because of its size, I am used to 2.1, but this tire is on the large volume side for the 1.95 numbers. It grips extremely well going up hill and can be leaned very hard in to the corners on the descents. I have yet to take it through a full on rock garden at speed but I think that it would hold up. The sidewalls are thick and stiff. This is perfect racing tire and light duty trail tire.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kharisma UST, Panaracer Fire XC UST, Michelin XL S UST, IRC Serac XC UST

Bike Setup:   Custom Sycip Single Speed, w/ Mavic XM819 tubeless rims laced to DT Swiss Hubs.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Durango, Colo.

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2004

Strengths:    They stick to the ground well

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls are too thin.

Bottom Line:   
First ride with tubes, I had more than 3 pinch flats with 50lbs pressure. Went to the Stan's system and found that the side wall also had a hole from the pinch flat. I replaced the rear tire with WTB Velociraptor. The front tire was kept and when riding the sidewall would pull away from the rim and loose air when lateral force was applied while riding. Mostly when descending. I know that all of this sounds like air pressure problems but I was running slightly more pressure then I usually do with my tubed tires listed above. These are probably fine for lighter weight riders (I weigh 175lbs) but definately not a good setup for tubeless.

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Favorite Trail:   Don't have one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Pedal the Peaks

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, WTB Velocraptors(?),

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur, XTR, Fox RLC 100, Fox 5th element, Stan's tubeless on mavic 717 with disc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dan a Racer from hyannis

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2003

Strengths:    fast rolling

Weaknesses:    not as puncture resistant as other tubeless tires.feel a little stiff.

Bottom Line:   
I bought these because they were cheap and needed spares.I've been riding the same local trails for years and thorn flats have always been a problem until I got tubeless.well, some tires are more puncture than others and the kendas are the others because thorn flats have been a problem with these.when I checked for holes the tire had 5 thorn holes!I've never seen this with my michelins.if thorns are not an issue and you want a fast rolling tire then this one isn't bad.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   pedros fest

Similar Products Used:   michelin comp s,hutchinson

Bike Setup:   scalpel and f3000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider from Lebanon, NH

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2003

Strengths:    Low resistance, hooks up great on off-camber rocks and climbs. Doesn't grab roots or drag you around.

Weaknesses:    None yet. We'll see how the sidewalls and knobs wear. I'll keep you posted.

Bottom Line:   
So far so good. I was looking for something a bit more stable than the CompS, but keeping low resistance for races. I got a great deal on these at PedrosFest, so figured I would give them a try. The trails we ride have lots of roots, so something that doesn't get pulled around was very important. So far this tire appears to be the one.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Pedros Festival

Similar Products Used:   Michelen Jets and Comps

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS Air

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Trelz a Racer from St. Louis, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2003

Strengths:    Great stability; low rolling resistance; great grip in everything but extremely muddy conditions; great traction on climbs; EXTREMELY light for a tubeless tire; Tough sidewalls

Weaknesses:    Wish it came in a 2.0 version

Bottom Line:   
These are the only tires that have convinced me to switch from my beloved Mosquitos/Pythons. The people at Kenda have a winner in this tire. The sturdiness of this tire is amazing considering it is one of the lightest tubeless tires on the market. I love this tire!

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Favorite Trail:   Castlewood

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Kenda

Similar Products Used:   Mosquitos, Pythons; Explorers; Fire XC

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 100

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