Kenda Kharisma UST Tubeless Tire

3.16/5 (43 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

  • U.S.T. tubeless
  • All-conditions cross-country tire
  • L3R Compound...Kenda's lightest
  • Size: 26 x 1.95, 2.10


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by HUZZA a Cross Country Rider from earth

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2009

    Strengths:    moderatly acceptable wear,sheds mud quite well,reasonable off road performance,low cost

    Weaknesses:    low volume tire results in very non compliant ride

    Bottom Line:   
    this tire is bizarre, no wonder it is heavily discounted,you compare it to a high volume UST tire that you can air down to improve grip and compliance, this tire is lacking.at 188 lbs I run this tire at minimium pressure of 30 psi back and it richochets off the smallest trail irregularity like a solid rubber tire.it hard on the body taking every hit on a hardtail,the big advantage to me about UST is a compliant ride which is impossibe due to this tires low volume.I will go back to Hutchinson python.

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    Favorite Trail:   a

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $17.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   many


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Racer from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008

    Strengths:    Slow wearing, easy to mount, great grip in dry conditions, reasonable in wet, sheds mud well, reasonable price.

    Weaknesses:    None too obvious.

    Bottom Line:   
    A good value-for-money tyre to handle most conditions in the damp sub-tropical climate of Pietermaritzburg. No obvious failings and wear has been reasonably slow thus far. Tire is narrower than expected but doesn't seem to compromise its reliability and performance.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ferncliffe, Pietermaritzburg

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Greg Minnaar Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Panaracer Fire.

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, XT.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Loehr Young a Cross Country Rider from Athens, GA USA

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2007

    Strengths:    Great all around tire, works well in all conditions, very durable and wears well.

    Weaknesses:    None for me.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is one of the best mount and forget it tires I've ever used. It really works well in ALL conditions and it is a tough tire. I have ridden/raced it in every condition/terrain in the SE US and it works great rain or shine. I have even run it some crazy urban riding and it holds up to stair riding up & down, wall drops etc... You do need to run stans in it to keep from flatting, but that is the case with all tubeless set ups. Play with you air pressure a bit and don't be afraid to run'm a little low when running tubeless. I have been through a couple of pairs of these and have not had mounting or sealing issues at all. I have run them on Mavic crossmax wheels, Mavic 819 rims, Bontrager wheels, and the stans rim and all work great.

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    Favorite Trail:   All of them

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ignitor, Kenda Karma, WTB Motoraptor & Velociraptor, Maxxis Larsen TT, Maxxis Advantage, Specialzed 2-Bliss.

    Bike Setup:   I have run these on a XC race hardtail, short travel XC race bike, and 5" travel all mountain rig all with great luck.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Robert Lim a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: July 27, 2006

    Strengths:    Looks good only

    Weaknesses:    Very disappointed with KENDA product, a brand new MTB tire on my second ride only, burst on tarmec with a hole about the size of a dime. Even damaged my Mavic CrossMax rim.

    Bottom Line:   
    Junk. Last time for Kenda

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   KHL

    Similar Products Used:   Have tried others such as IRC and Panaracer, and rode them since I bought my bike, no doubt they're still much more reliable than Kenda.

    Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive & Versus Blitz

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Aaron a Weekend Warrior from Rainier, OR

    Date Reviewed: October 31, 2005

    Strengths:    Honestly....none, except maybe that they roll pretty fast.

    Weaknesses:    Very small (2.1 tire should be a 2.1, not a 1.9!), front tire has NO traction in any condition other than on pavement. Difficult to mount on Mavic UST wheels, requires lots of sealent to hold air.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've used this tire in mud, loose, loose over hardpack, hardpack, and medium conditions and they don't work worth a crap in any of those conditions! The rear tire has decent climbing traction but thats it. The front tire might just be the worst tire ever made as far as traction. I mean it just doesn't bite at all, I've had WAY to many washouts with it. Also, these tires are so low volume, that running the low pressure that is the advantage of tubeless can cause damage to your rims. They need some volume (The other three UST tires listed above all have great volume) to be a UST tire. I'm tired of tire manufacturers list their tires the wrong size as well. Tires aren't cheap and once their mounted you can't take them back. When I buy a tire listed as a 2.1, that is what I want, not a 1.9 (otherwise, I would have bought a 1.9!). Someone needs to come up with a standard and stick to it (The WTB system is not bad, except they are guilty of undersizing their tires as well). UST tires also should be way easier to mount, without having to use tools. These tires required some serious thumb stregnth. Bottom line, these tires are turds, pure and simple.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Mesquito, Michelin XLS, Maxxis Larsen TT

    Bike Setup:   KHS steel hardtail with Mavic CrossRoc wheels.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Tzali Morr a Cross Country Rider from Nes Ziona, Israel

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 2005

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    Spose to be 2.1", but according to a test by Mountainbike Israel it is only 1.97". Put it on my Crossmax weels with sealant but it went loose at one of the first rides. Traction - very bad.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very bad value for the mony. I replaced them after 50 miles and called the representative in Israel and told him that I t is not 2.1". He told me that this is the way Kenda measures the tires. I asked him to replace the tires with wider ones, he took my name and telephone and promised to call me after the exhibition on the first week of September. I never heared from him.
    There is a very litle chance that I'll buy a Kenda product again.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kisalon trail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Trailbear, Huchinson Spider, Specialized Endoro.

    Bike Setup:   Turner 5 spot, 5th Element, Manitou Minute 3, Sram XO, Crossmax SL.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks good and rolls well

    Weaknesses:    poor puncure resistance, no grip when wet.

    Bottom Line:   
    slips on the tarmac when wet, hopless on the trail except when really dry. Too narrow and instils zero confidence. I won't be buying any more Kenda Tires. I had 4 falls due to a comination of tire grip ( as well as some dodgy lines! ) in one ride. I will wear them out on my tarmac rides only when dry!

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    Favorite Trail:   Lady Clementi's

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxix Ugnitor

    Bike Setup:   Yeti Arc 05, Rock Shox World Cup, AVID JUICY7.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Sherman Oaks, Ca. USA

    Date Reviewed: September 11, 2005

    Strengths:    Light weight

    Weaknesses:    Consistently would not keep a line when riding down hill or up hill in minor to moderate sandy terrain. Instils ZERO confindence when descending. Almost crashed going up hill on very steep sections of the ride, back tire kept spinning out, and getting sideways, hence, forcing me to clip out. I was in the saddle at all times, with my weight fully on the back tire. I have Weirwolves on my other bike, and never had any kind of problems going up or down.

    Bottom Line:   
    Tomorrow, as soon as my LBS opens, where I purchased the bike, I am ordering some UST Weirwolves for front and rear. The Kenda's basically really suck. The friend I ride with couldn't believe how timid I was riding on descents, I usually bomb down, but that is my other bike with other tires, and that bike only has 3" of travel and is a 9 year old DBR carbon. Seems like trying not to wash out, both front and rear tires, was my main concern while riding. Trying not to wipe out going up steep hills was an entirely new experience. One that I never want to repeat.

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    Favorite Trail:   Caballero to the beach and back

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Came with Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Velociraptors, Weirwolves.

    Bike Setup:   Titus Talas Switchblade, dt240s, mavic 819, El Camino's, Minute 3 IT, Thomson stem and post, Easton xc composite bars, Sram X.0 rear derailer and shifters, XT from derailer, crank, BB, Eggbeater Twin Ti pedals, WTB Stealth Laser saddle.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Little Ze' a Weekend Warrior from Colorado

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2005

    Strengths:    ...they ride firly nice when going in a straight line on pavement, otherwise I can't say

    Weaknesses:    ...maybe its me but the rear punctured easily and the front was unstable; had a terrible wobble

    Bottom Line:   
    Okay, I have 1200 km on the matched pair of these tires. In my three months of riding on gravel roads and pavement I don't have many positive things to say about this combo.

    Front tire, mine has an instability that causes the front to wobble at speeds above 24 kph. The instability is so bad that if hands are left off the handlebars they will wobble violently. A question to Kenda USA via email provided a prompt reply and an offer to replace at no charge. Have not done this yet. Non-plused about the front tire for this reason and won't get another one. (props to Kenda on the warranty)

    Rear tire, 5 punctures and terrible grip on loose or wet conditions has left me unsatisfied. The punctures have come in the form of the smallest glass slivers, nails and some other unidentified sources. For some reason the rear has picked up all sorts of garbage that the front has not. I had no luck with Stan's Notube sealant with this tire and cleaning the inside of the tires and installing patches has left me with a tire that still leaks more than 10 pounds of air pressure in a day.

    The grip of the rear tire is also terrible on gravel roads. It is so bad that I consciously prepare myself for a washed out rear tire whenever I have to take a corner on loose stuff. Whenever I hit wet pavement the rear will slide out if it is leaned even the slightest degree. That being said I should restate that I am runing both tires at 50 psi all the time. A few times I rode around on them at 30 psi and used my imagination a bit; they would probably work well on trails at lower pressures.

    ...going to retry stan's in the rear tire and replace the front for something different.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $27.00

    Purchased At:   online shop via ebay

    Similar Products Used:   my first ust tire, my second was Continental Vertical Pro 2.3 UST

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic w/F100x fork, 50psi in both tires

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2005

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance and it looks cool.

    Weaknesses:    Not durable at all. The tire tears easily and the rear tire (not the rim) warped after about a month of use.

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire started falling apart within weeks of being purchased. The sidewall develped several tears and gashes. I have never seen a tire warp on the rim - this tire did. A bulge started to appear on the tire and it started to warp. The rim was fine but the tire just developed a curve and bulge. Very poor traction, the tire is really narrow for a 2.1. Don't buy it.........

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    Favorite Trail:   Trail 100 and South Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Roll x Pro UST

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic Disc. with Mavic Crossmax XLs. Thomson stem/seat post, XTR, etc..

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Michael Twomey a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, SC

    Date Reviewed: December 31, 2004

    Strengths:    Low resistance / Fast rolling. Light, hold air well with slime.

    Weaknesses:    Useless in wet conditions.

    Bottom Line:   
    OK for dry hardpack but not for anything wet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Harbison

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Online

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Weirwolf UST and Panaracer Fire XC both A++

    Bike Setup:   Moots YBB Air, Full XTR

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Windsor

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2004

    Strengths:    Decent and predictable in dry, packed conditions.

    Weaknesses:    HORRIBLE in anything wet. Slick roots become impossibly slick roots. Also, 2.1 sizing is more like 1.9. These are smaller than my python 2.0's.

    Bottom Line:   
    no problems mounting or holding air (zero loss over two weeks). These aren't bad on the hard packed forest terrains. They are a little unpredictable on rocky (loose fist to baby-head sized) descents, but still not horrible. BUT wet, muddy, or even moist conditions are downright dangerous.

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    Favorite Trail:   horsetooth mtn park (all)

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson pythons, python lite, michelin ??

    Bike Setup:   NRS Air, Minute 3, xtr/xt, easton bar, thomson post/stem, wtb laser disc lite/ mavic 3.1, Stan's

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sam Julier a Cross Country Rider from Hamden, CT

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 2003

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, holds air well, excellent dry (hard trail) stability

    Weaknesses:    poor traction over wet roots and stones and in mud

    Bottom Line:   
    Two flats in 6 days of riding at Park City. These tires do not do well below 40 psi. A real challenge to remove on the trail. Good stability at speed in most conditions. Average in loose gravel or loam. Good wear.

    Difficult, sometimes frustrating in wet conditions and on wet roots and rocks.

    This tire is best in dry conditions. I would not change them if I lived in Park City, Utah year around. They are not acceptable in the wet, slippery conditions in New England where I live. I am changing them for a set of WTB Weirwolfs for the Winter and Spring and will report later.

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    Favorite Trail:   mid mountain loop, Park City

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Belmont Wheelworks

    Similar Products Used:   first UST tire

    Bike Setup:   Soulcraft Option 3, Fox Float Fork, etc.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ratt a Cross Country Rider from SoCal

    Date Reviewed: September 7, 2003

    Strengths:    Soft sticky compound, relatively tough

    Weaknesses:    Wears out too quickly. A nightmare in the sand. no traction

    Bottom Line:   
    For me these are the worst Ust tires i have tried out so far. They have a very narrow sweet spot tire pressure wise, have no traction, have no directional stability in the sand, the rear tire wore out in 3 weeks of riding. They are soft and sticky so i think they would be good on slick rock and none of the knobbies broke off like they do on the Firepros.

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    Favorite Trail:   All of them

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   lbs

    Similar Products Used:   Tubeless: Rockster, Wildgripper S, Python, Firepro

    Bike Setup:   Lite weight FS XC

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by geoff a Weekend Warrior from West Caldwell, NJ

    Date Reviewed: August 13, 2003

    Strengths:    I haven't found any yet

    Weaknesses:    zero traction in wet conditions, one of the worst I've ever riden

    Bottom Line:   
    I didn't find mounting this tire as bad as some of the other reviews. Maybe I got lucky.

    This tire should carry a warning dangerous when wet. We have had a lot of rain lately so conditions are bad. but this tire doesn't shed mud and wet rocks and roots are like ice with this tire.

    To be honest I haven't riden this in dry conditions so maybe it shines there but it won't be on my bike long enough to find out.

    If you gave this tire a good review, I've got a tire you can buy cheap.



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    Favorite Trail:   anytrail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Similar Products Used:   Mich, Conti in tubeless and many other in tubed

    Bike Setup:   2002 truth

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    Kenda Kharisma UST keeps blowing off the bead

    I bought a bike with these tires on it and rode it a few times without issue except that the pressure would leak down between rides. On my last ride the bead popped off of the rim and I walked it out. Now I cannot get the bead to seat. Once it pops into place it immediately pops off of the rim. ... Read More »

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