Bicycle Wheels and Tires – Deep Dive Guide, Electric Bikes

Bicycle Wheels and Tires – Deep Dive Guide, Electric Bikes There are many considerations that bicycle manufacturers make when speccing a bike with different wheel sizes. Stability, steering quickness, frame height, and portability all come into the picture. The next step is choosing a tire. Some tires offer reflectivity to keep you visible at night, while others are focused purely on durability and traction. New plus sized tires compromise weight and rolling efficiency to increase comfort, and have become very popular on electric bikes because they have a motor that can help overcome. EBR was paid to perform this review #Sponsored We try to be honest, thorough, and fun! Comparison tools, shop directory, and forums at:

Readers Comments (50)

  1. Great video, Court! I enjoyed learning a bit about tires. Your comments toward the end, about brakes, really grabbed my interest. The brakes on my Radrover have never been professionally tuned (the levers pull all the way back) and I took a spill in December that caused a bit of knee injury so I’m very interested to hear your insights about brakes and properly tuning them.

  2. Thank you for the great information

  3. I learned something. Thanks. Wow, would I love to visit a bike shop like that! So many quality bikes. How in the world did he hang those heavy bikes on the wall?

  4. on my specialized vado 3.0 E-bike the tires is 700x47c no problem.

  5. Cool now that I’m a fellow ebiker time to dive in

  6. That was enjoyable. My only peeve is I hope we never get the regulatory restrictions the EU have, Chris says "we’re not that far along" well maybe 25km officially approved tires, 45km officially approved tires because bureaucrats say so is much too far along. In the UK they cannot legally ride faster than 15.5mph with an ebike.
    But a lot of info… The difference in tire volume and pressure ratings was nice to know, just because. That was a neat cutout of the punctureproof tire, just looking at it makes an impression. Going tubeless with tires like that looks like a smart alternative. And one result from boost hubs is widening the spoke angle for a stronger wheel. Just interesting… you guys did a good job while, covering a lot of ground 😉

  7. 1:30 Pretty sure the shop’s A/C duct work has a huge gap in it. Look up!

  8. More eMTBs Court, these last several bikes are boring, time to get to the good stuff lol, this was a great video and educational, love ebikes, love your channel keep them coming

  9. Great info thank u

  10. Brooklyn’s in the house! Thanks Court. Love the attention to detail you always bring. Am rocking 700c myself. Just ease of the pressure if things get too bumpy. Peace.

  11. Hey Court! Thanks for your great job you do here. Greetings from Germany!

  12. You talk way too much, and don’t let the expert talk. We keep seeing his face and hearing your voice … that’s just plain stupid.

  13. Marathon plus is the best ebike tire I tried. Never get flats.

  14. Many of your interviewees show monumental levels of patience and tolerance helping you with your videos, they deserve recognition.

  15. Schwalbe Super Moto-X (26" and 27.5") and Maxxis Hookworm (26" and 29") are my recommendations :).

  16. Dude’ let the guy talk, don’t just jump in while he is explaining

  17. He talk too much instead let the expert does

  18. Bike tire sizes are out side dia. of the tire not the rim

  19. Very useful information. I get a kick out of the way you shove the camera in the face of people you interview. Some are shocked by it.

  20. Another great insight and enjoyable to watch.

  21. I recently purchased a Habike Xduro full seven with the bosch system, love the bike however it came stock with nobby nick schwalbe tires which I was not too excited about. I have experienced several flat tires with the nobby nicks on my other mountain bike I got a flat early on the ride with a sharp rock, then a week later it was flat by needles from cactus. I switched to Maxxis high rollers with exo protection and those held up much better than the nobby nicks. So I figured I would take It to the same trails and blow out the tires so I can replace them with the maxxis with exo protection. But to my surprise the nobby nicks held up even in a trail full up sharp rocks and many cactus, I was trying to get a flat, but was shocked when I didn’t lose any air pressure. These nobbby nicks have APEX protection which is 2 layers of extremely robust motorcycle carcass. So far 127 miles in the desert without any flats. I’m starting to like these nobby nicks with APX. protection.

  22. I swear by slime tube sealant. I bought a new giant bicycle back in 2005. till this day that bike still have its original tire and tube thanks to the Slime put in the tires in 2010.

  23. Hey Court. Your website and your videos have made ownership of an ebike so, so much more enjoyable than it would otherwise have been and for that I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re doing a fantastic job encouraging people of all ages to get out there and fall back in love with cycling all over again. I consider purchasing an ebike to have been one of the best purchases of my life and you and your other contributors have and continue to play a major part in that. Collectively, you have made the ownership of the ebike so much more fun than it would have otherwise been. I started to ride bikes when I was only 8 years old but soon gave up when I learned to drive at the age of 17. Four decades later with considerably less energy than when I was a young man, I started to ride again. I live in Europe and where I live is very hilly but hills no longer present too much of a challenge to me. During the 9 months I have owned an ebike, I have covered over 5,000 miles and feel much better for it.

  24. Very informative. Thanks for the lessons. Would enjoy more of this type of video.

  25. Are any of the ebike tires DOT rated?

  26. Hi Court you really get around. One day colorado, then Vancouver then LA. Way to go man.

  27. Hi Court, love all your hard work in doing all these reviews. Great job! One thing I wish you would include on your reviews though is the ground clearance of different bikes. And what I mean by that is the distance between the pedal in the full down stroke and the ground. More than once as a kid I was thrown off my bike by entering a turn a little fast while pedaling and having the pedal strike the ground which meant I was down on my side for a nasty slide. I call it a high pedal slide. As an older adult now, I pay close attention to the ground clearance of the pedals and the lean angle of a bike. This ground clearance is also important for going between speed bumps in parking lots and neighborhoods, as well as pulling up to curbs, going over curbs, and pot holes, tree roots, etc. With e-bikes you tend to ride a little faster than a regular bike also, so paying attention to the lean angle of a bike is very important, especially if you ride on trails like I do with lots of fairly sharp turns. My current e-bike,a addmotor M850 fat tire, has 10 inches of pedal clearance which means i have never high centered it which I like for my purpose, but the down side is with the pedals up so high you don’t get the leg extension that some people like and the stand over height is pretty high, everything’s a trade off. Keep up the good work!

  28. You have to "pedal faster" with smaller wheels? 2:50. Huh? That’s news to me. Do you think he might be confusing rolling resistance for a "gearing" effect? Rolling resistance is certainly a bit higher with smaller wheels, but only becomes noticably so over rougher paths. It’s referenced here as "attack angle." Hmm…
    This is not to detract from the fact this video is most helpful. And the man in the shop is a good guy. Thanks to him too.

  29. Chris is one of the best go to guys in E-bikes for quality and safety. He also makes sure your bike is shipped in special container boxes to ensure less/no damage during transport. So thorough and dependable. I would trust him with an ebike purchase any day.-Thanks Court!

  30. radisson podhowae November 25, 2020 @ 7:57 pm

    A relatively comfortable electric bike✳✳>ㅉ125 that feels well suited for shorter treks through the city . A durable, streamlined, electric bicycle with an excellent quality and service. I’ve rode this bike every day since i bought it and really love it. No damage. Assembly was simple. Documentation and youtube instruction help a lot while screwing it together; brakes and derailers were even adjusted properly right out of the box. Rides quite smooth. I have used some electric scooters and bikes, but the battery range on this one is very impressive. The lightest, quietest, and most efficient 250w motors, its very powerful, great!

  31. Great vid

  32. The funniest videos ! November 25, 2020 @ 7:58 pm

    Chris will eventually loosen up 🙂 you gotta make him laugh more

  33. Great video. We all appreciate all the good tips.
    Thank You 👍

  34. Chris has a great bike shop there; thank him for showing us around. I had no idea how far bikes have come since I was a kid! My wife and I still have our first 26" bikes! They weigh a ton and it takes mussel to pedal them around. We don’t ride them much anymore at our age, but we’ll keep them for the kids to enjoy. I need to find a bike shop like this one to checkout. Thanks for the great videos.

  35. Great info on tires, rims and tubs. Are adaptors available to convert the Presta valve to a regular type valve used on gas station air pumps here in the US?

  36. Sure would be nice to hear the interviewee talk,at least for a minute.

  37. @14:20 LOVE that ring of tire sections / sampler thing!

  38. Try explaining things like why there’s a ‘c’ in 700c (it’s a French thing), or why 2.25" tires are NOT the same (and won’t fit the same rims as) 2-1/4" tires. It’s a racket, I tell ya!

  39. Thanx 🙂

  40. Why do you interview people, and then talk more than they do ?

  41. Excellent video Court, Love your store, Chris

  42. Ditch the wide angle lens, everyone is seriously distorted. I feel like I’m watching Doctor Tongue’s 3-D House of Pancakes!

  43. Why is it every one of these episodes that guy Chris with the glasses always looks like he wishes he wasn’t being bothered it looks like he would rather be doing something else

  44. The Marathon Plus tires are the best things I’ve ever purchased.

  45. I look forward to a video on brakes, especially how to handle 45kph type speeds. Personally I don’t think current solutions, including quad-piston, handle high speeds well enough – there braking distance is far too long.

  46. Please let the guy talk. He looks so pissed at you constantly talking over him

  47. Love your channel Corey. I run super moto x on my 27 plus bike. No problems so far but now I ride a 4inch fat bike for winter.

  48. ha you didnt alk about rolling resistance specific for ebikes

  49. Hi Court-I thought you would mention a bit about foam core or solid no air tires for ebikes. Looks like they need to do more R&D with them. Not a big fan based upon reviews I have read.

  50. ye rite he looks like fun

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