Electric Scooter Tires: The Complete Guide
You are on the fence about buying an electric scooter, and you might even have a model picked out, but you need more information on the difference between all the tires that are available.
- Electric Scooter Tires: The Complete Guide
- When do you choose a scooter with pneumatic tires? (And when solid tires…)
- What are honeycomb tires on electric scooters?
- What's the best choice for tires on your electric scooter?
- Frequently asked questions:
There are solid tires, pneumatic tires and some electric scooters even have honeycomb tires.
Fear not, by the end of this information-packed article you will be an electric scooter tire expert, and you will know exactly which tires to go for in your situation.
When do you choose a scooter with pneumatic tires? (And when solid tires…)
Electric scooters are probably best known for small, solid tires. Yet they are also available with tires like the one on your bike.
If you compare scooters with solid tires with those with pneumatic tires, one thing will soon become apparent. Small tires come in both options, but scooters with larger tires are only available with pneumatic tires.
Why is that?
For the same reason that the tires on your bike are filled with air. If you were driving around with solid rubber tires at higher speeds, you would be kicked off by the amount of friction and deformation of the tires.
In addition, that air layer provides extra comfort while driving. Anyone who has ever cycled with a flat tire knows how unpleasant that is. That’s because the air in tires provides damping so that you feel less impact from bumps in the road surface.
What are honeycomb tires on electric scooters?
For a while now experiments are being carried out with tires without an inner tube, so that punctures are a thing of the past. A special structure takes over the role of the trapped air layer. Still, the old, trusted construction of a tire and an inner tube with air remains the cheapest.
Why is it that some scooters have solid tires?
What I wrote above about the deformation of solid rubber tires, of course, still happens with tires filled with air. They have to, otherwise, they still wouldn’t absorb any of the bumps you ride over.
The disadvantage is that it also costs you some speed – and therefore more energy.
Electric scooters are often as compact as possible, so they also have small tires. High-end scooters are an exception, with often larger tires.
Solid tires are far more uncomfortable and nowadays mostly found on budget electric scooters.
The only advantage that solid tires offer is that they can be punctured, so you will never have to worry about a flat tire.
Believe me, having a flat tire on your way to work isn’t the best thing to start your day, I’ve been there.
How about honeycomb tires?
Honeycomb tires are a fairly new technology and are only found on certain types of electric scooters. They offer the big advantage that you will never have a flat tire again. Air-filled tires still offer the most comfort of all types of electric scooter tires.
What’s the best choice for tires on your electric scooter?
That depends on how you want to use the scooter. For commuting in combination with public transport, a handy scooter with small, Solid tires are an option but usually pneumatic tires are the best choice.
Do you want to cover longer distances on it (for example commuting from home to work without using public transport)? Or do you have to travel a lot on roads that are very uneven? Then pneumatic tires are certainly the best choice.
I would also recommend you opt for a scooter with suspension in at least the stem. Whether you take pneumatic tires or not, it absorbs much of the worst vibration on your hands and arms.
The advantages and disadvantages of electric scooters with solid tires
On slippery surfaces and over short distances, small solid tires are a reasonable alternative. Such tires will not puncture, which is an important advantage. A disadvantage, however, is that the tires become hot so that they wear out faster and need to be replaced sooner. Often the motor must be replaced as well as the motor and wheel are one on some models.
The reason that solid tires are used often has to do with the price, the weight, and the inability to puncture these tires.
On uneven roads and paths, especially in many city environments, solid tires are a relatively big danger. Raised edges and potholes are a major risk. As soon as a solid tire bumps into this, the chance that you will fall is high. That’s why it’s important to always wear a helmet.
Good anticipation and paying attention to the road surface are therefore a must.
The advantages and disadvantages of electric scooters with pneumatic tires.
Large wheels of 9 inches and up that have pneumatic tires offer more comfort.In addition, the risk of falling on bad road surfaces is many times smaller.
After all, a large wheel rides more easily over an upright edge.
10-inch tires with wide pneumatic tires are therefore safer during longer journeys on less good road surfaces. Pneumatic tires drive very comfortably on slippery asphalt roads.
Replacing the tires is easy. The heat development is low and a flat tire can be repaired quickly.
The disadvantage of 10-inch pneumatic tires is the price. Such tires are more expensive than solid tires.
Frequently asked questions:
So there you have it, now you have a solid understanding of electric scooter tire types and the pros and cons. Reach out if you have any questions or need advice on tires.