I have a 20" wheel on this unicycle and have been looking for a long time for a good street tire that was fat enough to absorb the shock of going off stair sets. I wasn’t sure if this 3.0 Kenda Flame would fit when I ordered it, but it turns out that my Bedford frame has just enough room.
So far the tire seems plenty big enough to cushion any kind of drops I want to do. It rolls pretty smoothly over pavement, yet it still has enough tread on it to give it some grip.
One problem I have noticed is that it seems to fold over easily. If I am doing any kind of a gap that is more than a few feet I have to make sure that I land with the tire pointed in the same direction I am moving in otherwise it folds over pretty badly. I am not sure how this compares to other tires of the same size. I put about 35 psi in it and I weigh about 190lbs.
Nice tire! I’m thinking of possibly getting one for a Bedford 20" as well, only what is the max psi on that? I’m reading 40 on a site selling them, only thing, how mushy is it at that point? For just riding around (on a 20", I know) would it have less rolling resistance than, say, a luna tire?
The Kenda slick 3" tires will have less rolling resistance than a Luna I would say down to about 15psi for a 150 pound rider.
I ran mine soft because it was extremely forgiving to balance on a BC Wheel with lower pressures than at higher pressures.
This video shows how forgiving it really is… I ran about 20 psi in that video, which is way too soft for doing a drop say… 18" which would probably flat spot my rim… that’s when I first learned to ride though, which is why I am saying it’s forgiving. I find BC Wheels quite boring to be honest, but a slick thin tire is MUCH better for a Unicycle of any type than a fat slick.
You’ll have to let me know how this works. I have never heard of anyone gluing a smaller tire to the sidewalls of a larger tire to stiffen it. What kind of glue would you use. It seems like it would make a pretty heavy wheel with two tires in it.
I do like the smooth roll my tire has but I am starting to get annoyed by how easy it folds over.
Yes, it says 40 psi max, although I suppose you could go up to 50 psi with out a problem. I run it at 35 psi and I am 190 lbs. I don’t have any problems on straight runs, but if I want to do any gaps I have to be pretty careful.
Will do although it might be a while before I get around to it.
Well not really heavy, I got a lightish tire and I am going to shave it alot. I have not though of the glue yet. I was thinking gorilla, but that might make it way to stiff. I am going to look into some epoxies and stuff like that to see what I can find. Yeah the foldage would be annoying.
Are you creating this problem? Would a higher tire pressure not solve this issue, or is the tire just too massive?
Currently I am thinking of getting a trials bc (Bedford) for xmas and putting this Kenda Flame on it. I only weigh about 150lbs. and would probably max out the tire pressure, so would this be a problem even then?