Kenda KWest K193 Cross/Road Bicycle Tire - Black/Black
|Price:||$13.57 - $37.05|
- Smooth rolling tread pattern for street use
- Deep grooves for siping water away from the tread in wet conditions
- 30 tpi. 50-85 psi
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The tires themselves appear perfectly made. I needed a plastic tire lever the help put them on the rims. The tread surface is essentially smooth, with shallow curving lines which are intended to carry water from the center of the contact patch to the outside edge. The tire is directional, so install them with the "V" design pointing "down" when viewed from the front (no great harm will occur if you install them backwards, but traction on wet pavement may be reduced). After installing them and pumping them up to 75 psi, I went for a 15 mile ride. I enjoyed the way they roll smoothly on pavement, and offer responsive handling. They are not as fast the the very narrow tires used by "roadies", but probably faster by a large margin than any knobby-tired mountain bike on the planet. They are also silent, no howling knobs. So they make a good, all-around compromise tire for casual rides. Public Bicycles of San Francisco uses the Kwest tire on their bicycles.
The tires are also quite handsome, with all black tread and sidewall, with white lettering on both sides stating the makers name "Kenda" and the tire name "Kwest". They look very dramatic on my shiny black hybridized 10 speed Steyer-Puch.Read more ›
A year and 1,000 miles later, I couldn't be happier with this tire. The rolling resistance is considerably lower than my Infinities were and my cushy front suspension hybrid is now amazingly almost as fast as my road bike!!! Yet these tires are still bulky enough to use on dirt trails.
Please note, this tire is the Kenda Kwest with PRC (not K-shield) protection, and has a max pressure rating of 85 psi. There are no Kenda Kwest 700 hybrid tires with a 100 psi max pressure rating. Kenda actually lists this size as "hi-pressure" on their website but doesn't list an actual psi rating. Regardless, this is a great tire and 85 psi lets you roll well enough!!
I was a bit worried that it wouldn't fit the rim, but it fit perfectly. Once filled it is solid and feels good. I would be confident riding it on the road
It makes almost no noise on the resistance trainer.
So for my purposes, I have no complaints about this tire what so ever.
with 600 miles of suburban NY streets and mixed type park bike paths on these, I have only had one flat. It was in the rear and my fault. I picked up a thorn from taking single track wooded paths. At 215lbs I've only recently lost the centerline mold seam on the rear tire. The front is still quite visible. The only time I felt scared on them was on a loose sand covered street but you find me any tire that works there. Overall I'm very happy with these. They just roll well, the bead seats to the rim great and the tires are true (round). Not often found with tires at this price point. I'm very happy with these and the 32C size, no regrets.
I don't know if these are "fast" tires, but I haven't noticed any significant drop in speed while using these. These are definitely great tires for those who commute, ride in various conditions, and want all around use from their bike. I would buy them again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a Jamis Coda Sport, which I ride daily in Chicago for work & recreation.
I am very happy with the quality of this tire, and have made a 2nd order as of this writing.
Still running fine after a few hundred miles of back roads and gravel.Published 2 months ago by Joel A. Soukup
Great quality street-wise rubbers for my Fetish Frames CX bike... rode and raced this baby around SoCal... flew it to Las Vegas... logged 6K+ miles on two sets of tires... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Xiongnu-Hakka
Excellent tires for the money. Very smooth on the road, no imperfections in the rubber.Published 3 months ago by Richard
Good cheap tires. I have them on a carbon road bike that's setup for light trails and gravel. They are working really well in that role mounted on sturdy Mavik Aksum wheels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer