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Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch

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Description

  • Slick MTB/Hybrid road and trail tire; 26 by 1.95 inches
  • Patterned after motorcycle tires for low rolling resistance and traction
  • Wire beads increase durability
  • Directional grooves channel water to the outer tire edge
  • Blackwall sides for a lighter weight profile

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Customer Reviews

Great slicks for my mountain bike!Great slicks. I put them on my Trek Fuel EX 6 26, as it's the only bike I have, but I like to be able to get out on the road without destroying my mountain bike tires. They look nicer as less "plasticy" in person than they appear in the picture. It has been interesting getting used to the tire shape, as it almost comes to a raised point (I use this term loosely) in the middle of the tire, making it somewhat "tippy" if you are used to wider, flatter mountain-terrain tires. That said, it does have good grip on the road, and the decrease in resistance is noticeable.I would definitely recommend for old mountain bike to road/urban bike conversion, too, but I'm sure there are enough comments that mention this.Just in case it wasn't clear enough in the description, you get ONE tire. It is not a folded tire and is delivered in a rather large, flat box about the width of the tire itself.Enjoy! 5My 2nd Kenda K838My first experience with the Kenda K838 was about 6 months ago when it replaced a Michelin City Tire which all of a sudden went into flat mode two or three times. It had a lot of miles on it so i think the tread was getting thinner. Anyway I was looking at other tire brands as possible replacements for the Michelin when I ran across a lot of positive reviews on the kenda K838. A lot of nice things being said about a tire that was going for under $15. ( The Michelin, on the other hand, was in the mid twenty price range) The reason I wasn't fond of going with Michelin again had to do with it's 87 psi which required a lot of pumping every week. I liked the fact that the Kenda tire required but 65 psi. . In comparing tire pressure of the two tires I notice the Kenda retains tire pressure much better than the Michelin. So less pumping is necessary once a week.I rely a lot on user reviews in helping me decide when I go to buy a product or service. So I ordered the Kenda from Amazon. It actually arrived before it's estimated delivery date which was nice.Mounting the tire on my mountain bike rear wheel was a fairly simple procedure requiring not a lot of effort in popping it onto the rim smartly with nary an expletive being uttered during the entire installation.The tire provides a pretty smooth ride and I do like the motorcycle design of this 26 x 1.95 tread. I do all my riding on city streets.In the last month or so the Michelin on my front wheel separated so I didn't hesitate to order another Kenda K838 as its replacement.I haven't experienced any flats in the few months I've had the Kendas on my bike.However I should mention I use Stop Flat 2 liners. I felt that the combination of an under $15 dollar tire fitted with an inexpensive but good liner is a bargain in relatively flat free cycling.To be sure the Kenda K838 is not what you'd call a light tire especially with a liner added. This is not a problem for me as the Michelins were on the heavy side as well and I consider my mountain bike my "gym on wheels" providing a nice workout particularly on hills. I do put a lot of wear on my mountain bike and its tires as I ride every day year round for about an hour and a half.The Kenda K838 seems well constructed and I like the look the tires give to my bike.IMHO a darn good tire at a very reasonalble price. Definately recommended. 4Hello Chainring #3Bought these for my Aluminum frame DB Wildwood. My hope is to get another season out of it before I upgrade when new models come out at Christmas time. They replace stock Kenda multi use tires. Amazon shipped them separately a week apart which was frustrating but they arrived within delivery parameters.I mostly ride for fitness but do get some mild dirt time.What I have noticed thus farDramatic improvement in handling I can corner harder hit the apex and track out smoothly.On my 15 mile fitness run I gained approx 2mphMostly in chain ring 3 with these versus 2 on oldies.Quieter than the stocks but not silentBike is more stable and holds a line better.I like how they roll over the crunchy stuff on the pavement instead of mashing it into the tread it just seems to go over it without the crunching noise of my old tires.Installation was simple and they went on smoothly, I installed with the tread pattern arrow facing forward.The sidewalls seem thin compared to my oldies but I will trust the mfger that they are well made.They are also lighter than the oldies too.So all in all a great purchase so far.I ride at 65psi but like the fact they can be ridden at 40psi for different terrain.These are not skinny tires by any means they have some width to them and that will be good on the trails I ride occasionally.One more thing it took me about 50 miles or so before they felt like they were broken in and performing at best.Your MMV but I would recommend these and will buy the 29er equivalent when my new bike comes in. 5Best urban tires for mountain bikesBest tires ever for riding through the city on your mountain bike or hybrid bike! I ride in Seattle, where potholes are everywhere, so it's great to throw these onto my mountain bike and ride through all the roads under construction. With these, I get much more lean and corners much smoother than with my knobby tires, not to mention that it's so smooth over the potholes that it feels like I'm on a scooter. It also does not kick up as much water as my old Kenda Nevengaal tires when riding on asphalt or concrete. I basically don't even need a front mudguard even though I ride in Seattle all-year-around. 5A great tire and a tremendous bargainI've got about 250 miles on these tires so far, and I've been extremely pleased with them. The original tires on my Jamis Explorer were hybrids, but since I really only ride on paved trails, when it came time to replace them, I decided to get a road tire, although staying with the original 1.95 size for comfort, and the possibility of riding on grass or packed earth at times. A skinnier tire would no doubt be faster, but these are quiet, smooth riding, and they handle wet pavement extremely well. The cross section is reminiscent of a bell curve, and that recurve on the edges of the tread sheds water cleanly, at about a 30 degree angle, so puddles splash you much less than most tires. They seem very durable, even though they are extremely thin, and after the 250 miles I've put on them, about 80 percent of the little molding 'hairs' are still on the tires. I should note that my bike is a steel framed model, I weigh about 250, and I carry panniers with about 5 lbs of gear and lunch in them, so I am loading these tires pretty highly. I maintain air pressure right at 65, which still rides very smoothly, although for one ride in Tampa I cut it down to 50 in the front and 55 rear due to a lot of cobblestone streets, which made the ride very smooth over the rough bumps. In combination with the heavy duty Slime-filled innertubes I'm running, I think I've got a pretty nearly indestructible set of tires at a great price, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a good, durable, general purpose street tire, which can handle the occasional, gentle off road excursion (the one surface I have found they DO NOT like is wet, packed dirt... there isn't enough tread depth to get a grip, so you slip!). Plus, the tread looks just like one of the patterns Kenda uses on their motorcycle tires, which certainly gives my bike a bit of a unique look (for those gearheads who care about these things...) 5Sweet tireI purchased a pair of these tires to use on my MTB for a smoother ride on the city streets than the Kenda K53's I was using.The K53's were nice tires and offer very little rolling resistance compared with full-on knobbies (and are smoother going straight) but still have good knobs on the sides. But when you are turning they have that knobby growl, so I figured that I'd try the 838's as they had seemed to be highly regarded by some.The tires are pretty smooth-riding and feel very sticky in the corners unlike the knobby K53's which tended to squirm at higher speed corners with large lean angles. The 838's seem to stick like glue to the tarmac (but not so much on dirt trails -naturally). I put the whole wheel off the bike on the slippery ceramic tile of my condo and could put all my weight against it at angles much greater than 45-degrees and the tire refused to slip or squirm which is a lot more than I can say for the K53's. I was pushing against it like a football tackle sled with all my might and they wouldn't budge. The K53's will slip out when I try this. I haven't tried using the 838's in the wet yet so I don't know how the traction will stand up in the rain. They look like they will do OK with that motorcycle-style tread pattern.Another good thing about this tire is that I can fill them up to 60-65psi which is about 50% more pressure than you can safely fill the K53. This allows lesser rolling resistance, better road feel, and much more front brakes can be used as front tire impending lockup has much more of a controlled feel than with lower-pressure tires. I can do controllable stoppies with these tires lifting the back wheel right up with my cantelever brakes out front.One thing about these tires is that while they say they are a 1.9 wide they are a bit wider than that in reality. I've got 26x1.75 rims and if I measure the sidewalls they are exactly 1.9" but the actual tread area is well over 2" and pushing 2.25"I suppose if you had really narrow rims the tire would squish out and be taller but as it is the 838's have a larger circumference than the K53's had and are HUGE. I'm glad I have a lot of clearance on my old Ross MTB with planet bike MTB fenders because these tires are so large that right now the rubber mold nubs are actually rubbing on the fender. It's a good thing they are small and will wear away soon.These things are WIDE. I've seen little asian-market 50cc motorcycles that didn't have such wide tires as my bike has now. I think I like it because there is tons of traction available and they ooze confidence when the bike is pitched over in a corner to near crank-scraping lean angles -this bike rides MUCH more aggressively on the tarmac now than it did with the K53's which always seemed to me like the bike was trying to squirm out from under me to the outside of the corner. Going from the K53 to the K838 is like going from Bias to Radial tires on a motorcycle. They are THAT much more grippy and because of the higher rated pressures you don't lose anything with rolling resistance (especially in the corners). And they are smooth as glass going straight or turning.It's like magic.I wouldn't put them on a rim narrower than 1.5 though or wider than 2 (max). I'd imagine they would be pinched and pointy on a narrow rim and pulled flat like a low-rider on a 2" -it's just the kind of tire they are with the built-out tread onto the sidewall like a motorcycle tire.Cons:You might not have the clearance for these tires even though you can run 2.25's on the K53 or other knobbies.The picture shown is a gumwall tire but what I got were blackwall tires. Not a big deal to me but others might be disappointed. Be aware of that. 5Quality IssuesThis is a review of the Kenda K838 bike tire purchased through Amazon.Unmounted bike tires won't win any beauty contests, but the pair of Kendas I received looked like they were factory seconds, they were so misshapen & contorted (they were shipped unfolded). One tire had a 3" section of tread that was flat, not rounded! The sidewalls are very thin, one tire had a small 1/2 inch cut that penetrated the sidewall, near the bead.Once mounted and taken on a ride, one tire was obviously out of round. Also, these are relatively heavy tires and the front steering was heavy & sluggish. My original tires, WTB Moto Raptors, gave me light steering.I bought these based on the good ratings on Amazon, did I get a bad pair or are people unaware of defects in a bike tire? 1Goat heads go through this tire like butter. With goo in heavy duty tubesThese would be OK as a cruiser tire on well groomed bike trails or hard pack trails. The tire handles well, and definitiley reduces rolling resistance. Tire is very thin and cannot handle any road debris at all. Goat heads go through this tire like butter. With goo in heavy duty tubes, and tire strips..........punctures reduced but tire is full of puncture holes, anything with a slight sharp edge will penetrate these tires. Tires showed excessive wear after only 500 miles, had to swap rear to front, and replaced both after 1200 miles. When new, they handled wet asphalt fine, but once worn they are very poor on wet. Mud or wet trails are unrideable on these once worn. I will not run these again, have switched to Continental Country Plus tires, no punctures since. 2Smooth and Fast!I replaced some old Kenda hybrid tires with these. The old Kendas were slicks in the middle with knobby edges, and they were quite fast, with many miles and old cracked rubber. These new tires were very easy to install without tools, just bare hands. I am very pleased with the ride, speed, and handling of these tires. My tires weren't labled directional, but I felt that the arrow head pattern of the tread would work best pointing forward. 50 pounds seems to be the best air pressure for my bike. Between the suspension of my bike and these tires, I feel like I'm riding a Cadillac, that handles surprisingly well. Overall, these tires are an excellent value! 5Great for commuting on concrete, asphalt and hard packed dirt trails.Fast shipping! The Kenda K838 tires are great. They smell and feel like they were made yesterday. Had to keep the dogs away from it as they love devouring rubber.Easy to install if you follow some of the youtube instructional videos. I put them on my electric bike (54 pounds) and they are better than what I was hoping for for the price. Less rolling resistance than the knobbies which means greater range! Nice motorcycle style tread design, great predictable cornering at 20+ mph. These, with Mr. Tuffy tire liners and I'm riding confidently in goat head sticker city. Seller was great too! Will buy more and highly recommend them for commuting on concrete, asphalt, and hard packed dirt trail. 5
Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch

Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch

4.5
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
AU$ 216.00
Sale price
AU$ 216.00
Regular price
AU$ 360.00
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Save 40% (AU$ 144.00)