Still have my early eighties Fugi ( among others ) Has 27 non hooked rims and have had trouble with tires
blowing off the rim under pressure. So, years ago I was sold a pair of Chen Shin tires. Very heavy and
crude. Even had trouble centering the bead on the rim. Years go by, I've had enough ! I take a chance
and order the Kenda K40s ( gumwall good for classic authenticity ) Wow ! what a tire should be.
Mounts like a dream, no rim problems, It's light, flexible and rolls out smoooth. On first ride I immediatly
feel the reduced effort req'd to pedal. Feels like I gained 10 horsepower ! To top it off Bike Tires Direct
had them on sale. Value Five and one half stars ! Joel , Taos NM
Bought a set June 2014, bike is kept indoors, and I've put less than 800 miles on them. Looked this weekend March 2016- the rear tire is splitting where the gum wall joins the black all around the tire on the rear one. The front tire is splitting here and there.
I had great expectations for these tires, but found they blew off my old rims- the original '70's rims with no hook. HOWEVER, on my new replacement Hook style rims, they are SWEET! More cush for the tush, and a great ride. THey can take proper pressure with a hook rim. I ran them at 70PSI on rough country roads, no problems. SUmmary Hook Rims Excellent value, old rims be careful, they will pop off.
ps, anybody have a tire that will stay on old school rims???
As a 56 yo 15 mi. round trip commuter and casual rider I find that the K40's 27x 1 3/8 has a better ride and a more solid feel than the K 35's 27x 1 1/4 that I have on another vintage bike that I also ride. I prefer a blackwall tire but for the price I cant complain.
This tire wore over a year on a short commute (2 miles) back and forth over shoulders, in highway driving, and small town biking. I would recommend this tire
for commuting, and road trips(under 50 miles, one way) They also make a Kevlar center strip tire,which I have also used and highly recommend that.
I have been biking over 40 years, and know quality tires, Kenda always comes through.