21 of 21 customers found this review helpful.
Kenda tubes - nice and thick but unfortunately the valve separated from the tube on both 26 tubes
I purchased two Kenda 26x2.02.125 thorn-resistant tubes for a
mountain bike which is used mostly on the street but subject to the
goat-head thorns which quickly puncture most tirestubes. I prefer
thorn-resistant tires since they are thicker and usually last several
years without punctures. I have used other brands of tubes
(e.g. Avenir and Bontrager) but this was my first time using Kenda.
Unfortunately, On both of these Kenda tubes, the valve separated from
the main tube so they leak air very quickly. It seems that the factory
ran the blue alignment line under the place where the schrader valve
bonds to the tube, which may have contributed to a poor bond and
failure. (You can see the blue line running under the valve in
the BikeTiresDirect photo of these tubes).
The tubes are made in Taiwan and in other ways, these tubes seem to be good quality.
but I will not purchase this brand of tube any more due this defect.
I think Kenda needs to solve this manufacturing problem.
Also, other reviews of these tubes e.g. on Amazon indicate that other
people have seen this tube fail in this way. I wish I had read those
reviews before ordering them.
Otherwise, if the tube did not have this defect, I would have rated them
as an excellent value.
I was thinking about trying to get some wet-suit cement to fix them
but I don't think I will bother.
Thank you for your feedback.