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Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch
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- 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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|Item Dimensions||2 x 26 x 26 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.25 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.62 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
- Wheel Size: 26 by 1.95 inches
- Weight: 737 grams
- Maximum recommended PSI: 65 pounds
- Minimum recommended PSI: 40 pounds
Top Customer Reviews
The tread design and profile are based on combined features from successful motorcycle tires. The tread pattern is very similar to that seen on the Bridgestone Spitfire, with directional grooves to channel water to the outside edge of the tread surface. This gives low rolling resistance and complete silence....no humming or howling knobs on pavement. Constant pedaling is not necessary, as the low rolling resistance means one can pedal a bit, then coast or glide a long distance.Read more ›
I used to road race MotoGP so I know a bit about riding on 2 wheels, and I really like the tire profile and the sidewalls are pretty beefy. I learned when I get a flat, stop immediately or I might damage the sidewall rendering the tire unusable. I had 4 flats in 2 days, with two destroyed tires from side wall damage so I wanted a tire with thick tread cause I ride over glass and thorns ALL the time! I wanted a tire with a thicker side wall so that maybe the side wall will survive some flats, but I now carry a pump, tube, 2 patch kits and a tire repair kit... so with all that... I'll probably never have a flat again... LOL
The tires look good, I pumped them up to 55-60psi (max psi 65) so you can really roll with these tires. They installed pretty quickly but I did need to use my Park Tools tire levers which are wonderful. They are quiet and they improve the rolling resistance and speed. Decent quality, good tire design, easy installation, average weight, great addition for conversion...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of these tires. I'm currently without, but at some point, one of my bikes will get another set. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Joe Bob "Barefoot Okie in FL"
Good tire and no flats so far (I have had these for over a year). I put these on my mountain bike for my city commute. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Morgan Thompson
Seem to be a sturdy solid tire though wider than I thought but I should have paid more attention to the dimensions given.Published 1 month ago by Jeanette Soto
Noticeable improvement in my riding. I feel like I have to peddle much less harder now on my mountain bike that I use as a commuter bike.Published 1 month ago by R. Loera
i expected more i guess. it did not work well on my bike but it did look lovely. 3 months later it was bald. ( too much $ for what you get. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Babcock