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    Kenda Karma's or Race Kings

    I have been tossing this thought around in my head for almost 3 weeks now.

    So, I am now asking the public.

    Which one should I get? Karma's or Race King's

    The chose is up to you!!!
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    ill give you my impression of the karma sat. i bought one almost a month ago and just put it on today. i wanted to try it out but apparently either the new tubes or my pump dont want to work right.

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    Put a race king supersonic on the front. The ww forum has a big thread. Only have one ride on it. Initial results look good. One thing to consider is the RK SS is a big tire. I like the large volume. All of the positive remarks over in ww are pretty spot on.

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    Good idea for a thread. Another tire to consider might be the racing ralph. I've ridden the kharmas before, and tey seemed to be a nice tire. I'm personally trying to decide between the race king & racing ralph.

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    ok i gave the karma a good 18-20 mile ride on a very mixed terrain on 2 different trails. terrain ranged from slick mud, gooey mud, sandy damp soil, pine straw and leaves, gravel and roots. the only time i felt any kind of break away was climbing the steepest of hills that had pine straw and leaves on them.

    i pretty pleased with it esp. since i got the tire brand new for i think was 15 bux. the larsen TT exception did a great job on the front as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiplikestoridehisbike
    Put a race king supersonic on the front. The ww forum has a big thread. Only have one ride on it. Initial results look good. One thing to consider is the RK SS is a big tire. I like the large volume. All of the positive remarks over in ww are pretty spot on.

    +1 on RK SS 2.2; like adding more travel---large volume, mine were 460/490gms.
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    I've been using the Karma 2.2 DTC as a rear tire for about 9 months now and I have to say it has been a great tire over-all. It sticks lick glue on most all terrains. I ride a lot of off camber wet rocks and roots and it manages them better than most other tires I have tried.

    Wear seems good too since I still am using it after nine months.

    The downside is that the sidewalls are a little on the thin side. I sliced mine after about the first month and had to patch it. The upside of this is that the tire is extremely light.

    Just started running it tubeless with homebrew sealant about two weeks ago. Lots of leaks for the first 24 hours. It finally sealed up and is holding well now.

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    What tubeless method did you use?
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    I have Bontrager Race Disc tubeless ready rims fitted with Bontrager TLR rimstrips.

    The hombrew sealant is one floating around this forum but seems to have the biggest following and maybe its birth over in the Arizona forum.

    1 part Mold builder latex
    1 part Tubeless Slime
    1 part Polypropylene Glycol antifreeze (less toxic than the Polyethylene stuff though I really do not think either is really needed.)
    2 parts water

    add a spoonful of glitter mixture to help seal larger holes.

    Instead of the glitter I took a dry paper towel and put it in a blender. What came out was a very light fibrous fluff. I mixed this into the homebrew and it really seems to work well. My thought was that more fibers would work to help seal leaks faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmph8ter
    Good idea for a thread. Another tire to consider might be the racing ralph. I've ridden the kharmas before, and tey seemed to be a nice tire. I'm personally trying to decide between the race king & racing ralph.
    RK 2.2 are VERY light speening tires; BIG volume, BIG comfort. Can't say the same about RR, which I find slower and harsher to ride (2.1). Never ridden Karmas

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