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What are the best tires ?

Post by lester12483 » Apr 04 2017 6:10pm

I'm wondering what you are all using for tires? What is the best 26 inch tire for a front hub motor?

Post a link to them if you can.

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by flat tire » Apr 04 2017 6:24pm

That is the worst phrased question ever. Most durable, most grippy on pavement, most grippy on hardpack dirt, most grippy in soft loam or mud, sand, which one carries the most weight which one weighs the least...

You get the idea. Now my guess is you just want a good all around tire. The best way to get this is to just go to your local bike shop and ask, not post on an internet forum where 50 people will give you 50 different ideas.

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by lester12483 » Apr 04 2017 7:28pm

I just use standard Kevlar tires. I'm wondering if there is anything better and more durable.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by motomech » Apr 05 2017 12:50am

Worst answer ever too.
What do you consider to be "standard Kevlar tires"?
What size do you use?
The Forte Gothams are as good as any flat resistant tire and less expensive. Their extra thick tubes are good too
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by spinningmagnets » Apr 05 2017 5:15am

I would guess that a tire on a front hub bike might experience more flats than normal, since the added weight would have a tendency to push the tire onto sharp FOD, instead of rolling over it. The resident bicycle mechanic is Chalo, and he recommended a Panaracer RiBiMo, but unfortunately...at the time that I bought one, the fattest version was 2.0-inch. So far, no flats yet...and seems to be wearing well. They have a thinner than average sidewall to help the carcass remain supple and responsive, to soften the ride, while still having a tough tread.

I am not experienced enough to rate the road-grip compared to another tire. The CST Cyclops in 2.4-inch seems to be popular as a cheap tire ($15-ish).

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by lester12483 » Apr 05 2017 10:18am

Thanks Spinning.

I'm working on a new build and want to use the best 26 inch tire on the market.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by the12be » Apr 05 2017 11:15am

ok 26 inch you should look at wired or dual (2) ply tyres

dual ply tyres : https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei= ... es&*&spf=1

wired : https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei= ... &*&spf=428

sizes(1.25 to 2.70) are up to you and your personal preference

I use http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/schw ... %7C76469UK

and also use http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/schw ... %7C76655UK

but use off road Maxxis Minion DHF 2Ply

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by amberwolf » Apr 06 2017 3:06am

Yet another "tire" thread, and in the photos and video section?

Maybe better merged with whatever the last "tire" thread was, or one of these others?

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search


https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search


(doesn't anybody *ever* read anything that's been posted before, or does everyone just have to ask the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over again?)

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by John in CR » Apr 08 2017 10:32pm

Bicycle tires are an overpriced joke compared to motorcycle or moped tires.

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by cycleops612 » Apr 09 2017 2:48am

If its a DD (=heavy) front hub, I would be trying to maximise the pneumatic shock absorbtion - nice and fat.

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by motomech » Apr 09 2017 10:02pm

amberwolf wrote:Yet another "tire" thread, and in the photos and video section?

Maybe better merged with whatever the last "tire" thread was, or one of these others?

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search


https://endless-sphere.com/forums/searc ... mit=Search


(doesn't anybody *ever* read anything that's been posted before, or does everyone just have to ask the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over again?)
(doesn't anybody *ever* read anything that's been posted before, or does everyone just have to ask the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over again?)
But he wants the "BEST" answer.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by t_tberg » Apr 09 2017 10:26pm

the word "rim" has not been mentioned once.. tire choice is highly dependent on rim width. what is your rim width lester?

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by Chalo » Apr 10 2017 12:11am

John in CR wrote:Bicycle tires are an overpriced joke compared to motorcycle or moped tires.
I guess that makes DOT tires an overweight, inefficient, shoddy and imbalanced joke.

I remember paying $150 each and more for moto tires, by the way. My favorite bicycle tires cost $30 retail and last a whole lot more miles.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by markz » Apr 15 2017 4:52pm

Chalo wrote:
John in CR wrote:Bicycle tires are an overpriced joke compared to motorcycle or moped tires.
I guess that makes DOT tires an overweight, inefficient, shoddy and imbalanced joke.

I remember paying $150 each and more for moto tires, by the way. My favorite bicycle tires cost $30 retail and last a whole lot more miles.
I wanted to know what you buy Chalo, is this thread accurate?
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... e#p1206813
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 3#p1075113
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 78#p750024

Seems to me you dig the Panaracer RiBMo, and Niagara Cycle sells 'em
http://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/ ... 610g-black
Out of Stock - http://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/ ... vlar-black

My search from Chalo's posts
Panaracer RiBMo - Panaracer RiBMo Tire Pan Ribmo Protite 26x2.0 Wire Bk/blk - Which is $55 cdn or about $40usd Shipped
Panaracer Tourguard Plus
CST Cyclops
Continental Country Plus
Freedom Thick Slick Deluxe
Marathon Plus HS440
Schwalbe Crazy Bob & Big Apple
Maxxis Hookworm
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme and the Avvocet Fas Grip City K - Both good for flat protection compared to hookworm
*Do not use rimtap
Holy Rollers - Paper thin between the knobs & no protective belt

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by Chalo » Apr 16 2017 2:03am

That's all good background information, and I think all the models mentioned are still available.

There's a strong bias towards pavement-oriented tires in those links, which is consistent with my strong bias towards riding on pavement.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by cycleops612 » Apr 16 2017 10:07am

Chalo wrote:That's all good background information, and I think all the models mentioned are still available.

There's a strong bias towards pavement-oriented tires in those links, which is consistent with my strong bias towards riding on pavement.
- among other things as i recall - like spoked wheels.

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by Chalo » Apr 16 2017 10:51am

It's true I favor wheels that are round, strong, and lightweight; that don't cost too​ much and can be repaired. If I didn't care about these qualities, then I might prefer one-piece wheels.
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Post by markz » May 10 2017 6:59pm

Chalo - How long do your tires last, distance wise?

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Post by Chalo » May 10 2017 7:40pm

markz wrote:Chalo - How long do your tires last, distance wise?
Depends on the tires. I rarely use up the tread thickness of my tires anymore; usually I ditch them because the sidewalls have failed or are looking risky, or else because I got a nasty cut through the casing that I don't want to patch with a boot. Some tires, like RiBMo, I have yet to wear out a single one of. I've had a number of them for years, and I still have all of them.

I'd say 3000 to 5000 miles is typical before I have to replace a tire for one reason or another. Some (e.g. Panaracer Tserv) have failed way earlier than that and others (e.g. Schwalbe Big Apple) have served much longer.

These examples relate to pedal only bikes with gross weights close to 400 pounds. I have not yet kept a single e-bike around long enough to wear out a set of tires, though my last pusher trailer significantly​ wore the tread of its 16 inch tire in just a couple hundred miles-- I think mostly because it skidded and bounced a lot.
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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by Bullfrog » Feb 09 2020 3:33pm

Best 26" tire IMO is the Schwalbe Super Moto-X...it is available in a 26x2.4". If you can run it, I like the 27.5x2.8" even better.

A lot depends on how and where you are going to ride. When I say best, my riding conditions and use are cruising around and occasionally riding like a hooligan on pavement :D .

Here is a link to them: https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tire ... per-moto-x

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Re: What are the best tires ?

Post by Bullfrog » Apr 28 2020 6:04pm

I can tell you what NOT to use...the Vee Tire Co Apache Fatty Slick.

The spec says a durometer of 57 and the one I received was 72-73...which means the rubber is very hard.

We won't go in to the resulting accident :D .

IMO you should stick with Schwalbe or Maxxis....the Schwalbe Super Moto-X and Maxxis Hookworm both work good on harder/smoother surfaces.

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