Tyres for touring bikes and e-bikes
ATB, touring and e-bike tyres
Trekking bikes are often used to cover longer distances with baggage, possibly on some field and forest tracks, too. You need special tyres for it. Trekking bike tyres are suitable for light terrain, like gravel roads and forest tracks. They are thicker than race bike tyres, but clearly thinner than the tyres of a mountain bike. This provides them with a low rolling-resistance.
Do you have questions about hybrid tyres?
On the sidewall of the tyre you will find information on the air pressure approved by the manufacture in bar/PSI, as well as the size of the tyre, usually in different measurement systems. Don't get confused by all the numbers. For example, a hybrid tyre with the dimensions:
- 40-622 (ETRTO)
- 28x1.5" (English inch measurement in metric notation)
- 700x38C (French size)
is one and the same tyre – an approx. 40 mm wide tyre in the 28 inch wheel size.
The air pressure specifications are from/to specifications that you should never exceed. However, you can experiment carefully with slightly less air pressure to achieve better damping. The risk of possible rim damage (punctures) or premature ageing of the tyre (cracks in the sidewall) is of course your own responsibility.
There are several system-related reasons for the different levels of wear – which indeed applies to all bike tyres:
- Weight distribution: There is always more weight on the rear wheel than on the front wheel.
- Due to the drive via the rear wheel, drive influences have a greater effect here.
- When braking, the rear wheel tends to block and/or slip.
It is therefore quite normal for the rear tyre to wear out more quickly. Road and hybrid tyres often get an angular appearance then. In this case, you should replace the tyre and not make the mistake of swapping the front and rear tyres.