Kenda Karma UST Tubeless Tire

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Karma UST

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.

User Reviews (11)

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tim rapp   Racer [Aug 31, 2013]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

cut easily, poor traction unless pressure super low

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.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 non-UST @ 35 psi on rear wheel -- these hook up great!
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RATING
2
VALUE
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3
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David_315   Cross Country Rider [Oct 04, 2008]
Strength:

Fast light

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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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Aaron   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Michelen Jets and Comps
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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
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Eric Trelz   Racer [Jul 03, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Wish it came in a 2.0 version

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!

Similar Products Used: Mosquitos, Pythons; Explorers; Fire XC
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Carl   [Sep 02, 2007]
Strength:

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...

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Maxxis crossmark, Kenda Smallblock 8
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RATING
2
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3
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Glenn   Cross Country Rider [Aug 01, 2007]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

Can't think of one,

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.

Similar Products Used: Maxxis Crossmark UST
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Marcos Moya   Racer [Nov 26, 2006]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: specialized roll x, hutchinson phyton
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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dan   Racer [Nov 22, 2003]
Strength:

fast rolling

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: michelin comp s,hutchinson
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Nicholas   Cross Country Rider [Apr 28, 2005]
Strength:

See the bottom line.

Weakness:

See the 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.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Kharisma UST, Panaracer Fire XC UST, Michelin XL S UST, IRC Serac XC UST
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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Mike   Cross Country Rider [Sep 13, 2004]
Strength:

They stick to the ground well

Weakness:

Sidewalls are too thin.

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.

Similar Products Used: IRC Mythos, WTB Velocraptors(?),
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RATING
2
VALUE
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2
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