Tires

Tires are an important, often undervalued component of your electric scooter. It is the part that connects you to the ground and determines whether you roll easy or skid heavy. The tire pressure also has a direct impact on how much range you are getting out of your battery per charge. Here is a rundown of what types of tires are commonly available and how you get the most out of it.

 

Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance is important! They are the only point of contact that your vehicle has with the path and need to be in good working condition at all times to ensure your safety. To avoid any problems, follow these important care tips:

  • Inspect your tire

You may not always notice if one of your tires has been damaged. Inspect your tires regularly for wear and any damage to avoid any sudden problems. Also, have a professional inspect your tires every year.

  • Check the air pressure!

Riding with incorrect tire pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously compromise your safety. Riding on severely under-inflated tires can cause heat build-up and eventually a premature failure. The increased rolling resistance will reduce your mileage per battery charge greatly. Check your tire regularly. We recommend at least once per week. Most electric scooter tires pump to 40-50 psi but do check for your tires rating to be sure. The rating is usually imprinted on the side wall of the tire, 

  • Respect the load capacity

Do not exceed the load capacity relative to the tire’s load index. Tires loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction.

  • Riding at high speed* can damage your tire

At greater speeds, tires have greater a chance of being damaged by debris or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tire explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle.

*Exceeding the tires rated speed

Air is made up of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and traces of other gases.
Nitrogen permeates through rubber at a slow rate, oxygen permeates 2.8 times faster than nitrogen and carbon dioxide 18 times faster.
This means that the longer a tyre is maintained without a puncture and subsequently topped up with air multiple times it becomes increasingly Nitrogen rich, so deflates slower and does not need topping up so often.
A tyre filled with 100% nitrogen deflates at half the rate as one filled with 100% fresh air.
— Tom Webster
 

Types Of Tires

Slick tires: Slicks appear almost smooth, with a barely perceptible tread pattern. Slicks are designed for smooth surfaces like asphalt, slickrock and groomed singletrack (with the width of the tire determining the best use).  V-shaped grooves on some improve cornering on rain-soaked paths.

 

Semi-slick tires: These tires are designed with a smooth center, for minimal rolling resistance and faster acceleration, and aggressive treads on the side to help with cornering. They’re used for mostly smooth surfaces with some off-road applications.

 

Inverted tread tires: Tires designed with an inverted tread have more grip—and rolling resistance—than slicks, but less rolling resistance than knobbies. Use these tires if you suspect you might venture off asphalt or ride on roads with lots of ruts and potholes.

 

Knobby tires: Different knobby tread styles are designed for specific trail situations.

  • Smaller knobs are faster and suitable for smooth singletrack.
  • Taller knobs offer more grip in technical terrain like roots and rocks.
  • Wider tires with sturdy paddle-like knobs are best for soft trail conditions.
  • Knobs that are wider at the base will corner better on hardpack.
  • Tires with tall, widely spaced knobs offer versatility in loose and hardpacked conditions.
  • Tires designed for mud have widely-spaced knobbies so that mud sheds from the tire. (Otherwise you'll essentially be running slicks when mud gets packed between the knobs.)
 

Solid (airless) Tires: Compared to regular tires these tires do not require an inner tube. In fact, you do not need to inflate them at all as they are basically one big solid piece of rubber. Other than the obvious advantage that these tires cannot puncture, most people feel that solid tires are generally less comfortable than its pneumatic counterparts. Honeycomb or foam based technology might make them a real alternative in future.