The Kenda Kriterium has been one of our all time favorite tires. We’ve had great longevity and decent puncture resistance out of the tire with phenomenal handling characteristics, all for under 200 grams. It’s a great mid-season tire for fast paced club rides and even the occasional race.
For off-season and endurance riding we want something a little different. We can give up some of the high-end performance for a tire that will put down long base miles, over rough winter road, with no drama. Kenda’s new Kriterium Endurance is providing just that, with much of the performance we have come to love in our Kriteriums.
The tire retains the Iron Cloak protection, a Kevlar layer that goes from bead to bead, not just under the tread. For added protection K-shield, a layer of ceramic particles and aramid, runs directly under the tread. The compound is a new HRC rubber, which provides great traction with a longer usable life, which ups the weight to 270 grams for a 23mm, which dampens some performance, but does improve puncture resistance over the standard Kriterium.
A nice feature is the 120 TPI count. This gives the tire a nice supple ride, even with the more robust compound. Many of the more endurance oriented tires will spec a 60 TPI casing, which creates a harsher ride. The profile is progressive and confidence inspiring, with a consistent feel as you roll it over to corner. The tread they use has some minimal siping for water removal in wet conditions, but this is still mainly a dry tire.
Available in 23 and 25 widths, which weigh 272 and 302grams respectively (+/- 15grams).
MSRP: $49.95 For more info: www.kendatire.com/