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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?

When is my hybrid tyre too old?
Even if the bike is not moved, a bike tyre ages over time. Depending on the temperature and weather conditions, plasticisers volatilise and the tyre rubber hardens or becomes brittle. If stored properly, quality tyres can still be ridden after five years without any safety risk. However, if your hybrid tyres are significantly older or regularly exposed to the weather and temperature fluctuations, their durability will be reduced and you should regularly check the material and grip of the tyres.
How often should I check the tyre pressure of hybrid tyres?
Depending on the mileage, you should check the tyre pressure at regular intervals, but at least once a month. Even if the bike is not moved at all, the tyre will lose some air over time. With moderately ridden hybrid bikes, you can sometimes ride with slightly lower tyre pressure. However, be aware that this increases the rolling resistance and causes the tyre to age prematurely – the latter even if your bike stands in the cellar for a long time.
What do the numbers on the tyre mean?

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.

Why is my hybrid tyre more worn at the rear than at the front?

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.

When do I need to change my hybrid tyre?
If you frequently ride off-road, the tread of the tyre becomes more important. If the tread pattern becomes worn, it is time for a tyre change. On the road and in dry conditions, you can ride the tyre much further down, theoretically even until the puncture protection belt or the fabric (casing) becomes visible. As a rule, however, you will notice signs of ageing in hybrid tyres in the form of cracks in the sidewall or frequent punctures that make it necessary to change the tyre.