• March 13, 2024
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Twenty years ago, the trend in cycling was to use narrow, high-pressure tires. Inspired by bike racers, many riders tried to emulate the equipment they saw professional teams and elite athletes using. The idea was that narrow, lightweight, high-pressure tires were faster – and their slim profile could be more aerodynamic.
As it turns out, some of the “conventional wisdom” may have been completely wrong. Recent research even suggests that wider tires may actually be faster because they allow the tire to adapt to bumps and imperfections in the road, rather than bouncing off the pavement.
Speed isn’t the only benefit – wider tires provide more grip and control, and are significantly more comfortable to ride, reducing stress on the elbows and lower back. Now that the “secret” is out, the cycling industry is moving in the opposite direction, with bikes increasingly being offered with wider rims and tires than ever before.

Wide Road Bike Tires

So how does it all work? Just like shock absorbing forks on a motorcycle, bicycle tires are a form of shock absorption. The greater the amount of air inside the inner tube, the greater the suspension effect! A wider, larger diameter tire has more physical space for air molecules inside, which means more suspension. More suspension = comfort, grip and control.
Key benefits of wider, wider tires:
Comfort – ride longer without pain or fatigue
Control – your bike handles better on rough surfaces
Fewer tire leaks – more air volume reduces the likelihood of blowouts
Ready to try wider tires?
Our A6AH26 series e-bikes use 27.5-inch (or “650B”) wheels, a common size for modern mountain bikes. They are slightly larger in diameter than traditional 26-inch wheels, and the tires are wider than many competitors’ e-bikes. This in turn means more airflow (airflow = suspension = comfort and control).
You can also retrofit wider tires to your existing bike. Once mounted, you will need to choose the right model for your frame and fork.
One last tip – don’t over-inflate. Try different air pressures (within the range printed on the sidewall of the tire, of course) to find a setting that works for you and your riding style.

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