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post #1 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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HELP...I need new tires....

So time has come to replace my Kenda K270 tires. They have 5K on them and I want a new set but can not decided what to get??? Now my Kenda's have been great but my bike is use as a commuter for the most part (70 miles round trip each day) and I think I have some other choices that make better since. I have been looking at the Kenda K761 and the Shinko 705. As I said I ride the slab almost all the time but do like to find some backroads and gravel on the weekends. What do you think about these two tires? Should I be looking at something else? Much thanks for the advice and have a great day all.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 12:41 PM
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I'm running Gripsters right now and they're great on the highway, even in the pouring rain. They're ok on gravel and hardpack trails if you air them down a bit but I wouldn't go near mud or sand with them. Getting good mileage out of them as well, only drawback is they're freaking expensive! When I have to replace them I think I'll go for a set of Shinko 705's. The Kenda 761's are very popular as well, but I had a chance to take a KLR shod with them out and I wasn't at all impressed with the handling...

I'd love to buy knobbies, but like you I spend most my time on the slab so it would just be a waste

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Great info Stew. I have looked at the Gripster and the K60 Scout and clearly I am just to big a tight ....Well you know. They are just not in the cards for me.
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I do a daily 60-mile round trip commute on 2-lane highways and a stretch of Interstate at about 75 indicated as well as riding wherever I want in the country on gravel or dirt.

My tire of choice? The humble Shinko 244, front and rear. They've never made me nervous in any situation.

Life expectancy isn't the greatest for the rear, but they don't cost much.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 04:52 PM
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For the cheap route Kenda 761 and Shinko 705 are good and popular options.

I will try shinkos soon, all I've tried are the Kendas. Great on the street in my experience. Rear really corners well.

They are 70-30 tires (Street-road), so they aught to serve your needs pretty good.

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 06:13 PM
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If you commute in rain forget the Kenda K761's. It never rains up here in the Pacific North Wet where I live but I always catch sh!t for not recommending these tires for wet areas. YMMV.

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-20-2012, 07:00 PM
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I just put a Shinko 700 on the front of my bike and plan on putting one on the rear when the Kenda 761 wears out. They are a good looking tire and have recieved very good reviews on the net. You might want to check them out. I mostly ride pavement with the occasional trip into a state forest.
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-23-2012, 12:56 AM
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The k761 has treated me pretty good both on and off road. I keep hearing they are bad in the rain but in my expierence they have performed really well on wet roads. I ride about 50/50 and for the money I will probably get another set.

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 04:02 PM
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 05:09 PM
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I personally love the 761's, yes when they get half worn they do slide in the wet if you apply the rear brake too hard etc or ride as if it's dry each their own.....I have ridden with them for years now and get great mileages out of them except for the last set where I was grossly overloaded with camping gear on our adventure for the year. Normally I get a season out of the rear just and almost double out of the front.'s a personal choice.....asking about tires is like asking which oil is best....we all say the ones we use are the included...

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