Electric scooter tires: everything you need to know
If you are like me, then the first thing when you start looking for an electric scooter is the top speed or how far it can go without charging. You probably don’t even think about tires, right? However, tires are one of the most important part of electric scooter that will make your rides either comfortable and joyful or tense and kind of stressful.
If you are going to use your electric scooter for your daily commutes you should definitely learn more about electric scooter tires. Some of the questions that I will answer in this blog post are:
- What are the most common tire types and what is the difference between them?
- What is the recommended tire pressure?
- Does an electric scooter tire size impacts your riding experience?
- How often do you need to change an electric scooter tires?
Without any further ado, let’s find the answers to these questions. So, there are basically two types of tires: solid rubber tires and inflated air tires. Let’s take a look at both of them.
Solid rubber tires
Solid rubber tires, as the name states are made from rubber. They are completely filled up with solid rubber.
Even though manufacturers state that they make solid rubber tires that have good absorbent qualities, it is not quite true. These tires are pretty hard, well, because they are solid… There is nothing that absorbs the hard surface, except the rubber.
If you have ever seen those kick in scooters and that sound “da da da da da” it’s the sound of solid rubber tires “absorbing” the surface. 🙂
I’m not saying that all solid rubber tires are the same. There are different softness/hardness of the rubber that they are made of. The softness of the rubber can only make a slight difference that you’ll barely feel. That’s it.
According to manufacturers, solid rubber tires are wearproof and explosionproof. I agree with the explosion part, but I do not fully agree with wearproof. Rubber, like any other material warns out. Especially if you’ll use your scooter for a daily commuting (like me).
If you are a person who prefers a more comfortable ride, you should definitely go with inflated air tires. This was the choice that I’ve made a long time ago and I am so happy with that choice!
Inflated air tires
Inflated air tires are also made from rubber. However, inside they have an inner tube filled up with air. The structure is very similar to bicycle or motorcycle tires. The only visible difference is size. Electric scooter tires are somewhere between 3.00-4, 6-10″x3″.
One of the coolest part about inflated tires that it absorbs the shocks really well. They are better for off-roads and rough surfaces. It will definitely make your ride more comfortable and smooth.
The drawback is that inflated tires can explode. When riding, be careful of thorns, glass or nails. They can easily flatten your tire. If that’s the issue for you, there are heavy-duty inner tubes, that are thorn resistant. However, I’ve been using my electric scooter with inflated tires for almost 2 years and I never had any issues with my tires.
If you are looking for a more comfortable scooter, pick the one with inflated tires. My son rides an electric scooter with solid rubber tires and once in a while I pick his scooter to drive around. Believe me, the difference is huge!
What is the recommended tyre pressure?
If you buy an electric scooter with solid rubber tires, you don’t need to worry about tire pressure. However, inflated tires are similar like bicycle tires and ha s to be inflated and checked regularly. Keeping the tires properly inflated is one of the best way to prevent flats. You should always check your manufacturer’s instructions what is the recommended maximum pressure for your electric scooter & inflate according to those recommendations.
If you don’t have the instructions or you bought a used electric scooter check the tire itself. Sometimes there are numbers written on the tire which indicates the tire size and how much air you need to inflate. If you find these numbers, check for 3 letters: “PSI” which stands for Pounds per Square Inch. Usually it will look like this: “Pressure 30 PSI”.
If you don’t have a manufacturer’s instruction and there is nothing written on your tires, the best way to tell if your tire is over inflated or under inflated is to check this image below:
The correct inflation is when the whole tyre surface touches the ground.
If the tire is over inflated, it will only touch the middle part of the tire. The scooter will be less stable and less shock absorbent.
If the tire is under inflated, the middle part of the tire will not touch the ground properly. Moreover, you’ll probably hear a strange noise coming from tire and you’ll get that feeling of empty tire.
Electric scooter tire size: does it make any difference?
There are not only different tire types, but different sizes as well. Usually, electric scooter tire size is about 5-10 inches. Inflated tires tend to be bigger, while solid rubber tires – smaller. Many people ask is there a correlation between the tire size and riding comfort, speed and overall performance.
Yes, the size of a tire will definitely have impact on riding comfort. The bigger the tire, the more comfortable it is to ride. Talking about speed, scooters with bigger wheels might be a slightly faster. Even though they are only slightly faster, they can handle higher speeds more comfortable. In contrast, scooter with small wheels is more maneuvering.
From my own experience, I would go with air inflated, middle sized tires.
Does an electric scooter tires worn out?
Yes, electric scooter tires worns out. Depending on the type of tire, you need to change them every 2,000-3,000 miles.