I like to use these tubes as they are much more compact than others, but when they went to the black boxes a noticible decline in quality was detected. They are folded differently which makes the much more difficult to handle without totally unfolding. Also they seem to lose air, during rides, for no apparent reason. My theory is that Kenda went to a much cheaper presta valve insert. Once the tube loses air, it won't hold air anymore!
I began using these tubes over 20k miles ago...previously rode Contis and Michelelin. Never had a problem with tube quality with Kenda Superlites. I run these at 130 psi (9 Bar) and make sure the pressure is topped off at least every other day. (important to do with thin tubes that naturally bleed air at a higher rate than thicker tubes) Try changing tubes without using tire levers when getting the tire back on the rim...these are thin and even long time riders will pinch a tube with a lever once in awhile.
I like these tubes, mostly because they can compress so much when wrapped tightly in saran wrap. Really scrunch them down and sometimes one can get two in the space one normally takes.
I like these tubes a lot, mainly because of the thinner wall thickness they take much less room in whatever carrier we use. I can usually fit 2 of them into a space built for 1normal tube. The only drawback as they seem to have gotten much more expensive in the last year.
POS...Bought 2 of these...one was made with a twist in it! I never got to ride with the other one because it blew up while I was putting air in it the first time! LOL! I never sent the twisted one back because it was olny a few bucks and would have cost me more to send it back that the price of the tube....plus I wanted it because it's a good coversation piece....pretty funny. I was suprised about the low quallity because Honda used Kenda tires and tubes for many of there motorcycles back in the day.....anyway, I don't recommend this tube!
Both tubes leaked immediately and were returned. Stick to the big names.
Hi Tucson Roadie,
Thanks for your review! Our staff hasn't experienced these defects so we continue to use these tubes. We are always happy to accommodate returns should a defect arise.
Changed to Kenda tube due to light weight the day before a triathlon. Thought they were fine, took a brief 10 mile spin and all appeared fine. Approximately four hours later setting up the bike for the race, both tires were flat! Upon examination, no pinches, no punctures, frictions spots, etc. but there were circular defects on the tubes matching the diameter of the base of the valve-looks like whatever machine they use to seat the valve into the tube roughens the tube wall up. The marks weren't similar, they were identical. There were multiple pinhole leaks around this circular mark on BOTH tubes. Patching helped but still lost air enough to have to replace both tubes the morning of the race, unable to hold air overnight (from 115 to 20 psi).