Electric scooters are typically fitted with two types of tyres, pneumatic, these are filled with air and solid, these are, um err solid.
Pneumatic tyres are more efficient due to lower rolling resistance, provide better traction due to the supple rubber and offer a smoother ride due to the cushioning of the air pressure than solid tyres.
Pneumatic tyres are filled with air to keep their shape, they may be either tubeless (no inner tube) or they may have an inner tube.
There are however advantages to solid tyres - you’ll never get a flat tyre! You can also find honeycomb "semi-solid" tyres. These are solid tyres with sections of air in a honeycomb pattern. These tyres offer a compromise between the two tyre types.
Tubeless tyres are the same type as found on cars, these tyres rely on the tyre forming a seal with the rim of the wheel to keep the air in. Tubeless tyres tend to be more “heavy duty” and offer better puncture resistance, however it can be more difficult to remove the tyre in the event of a puncture as the whole principle requires a tight seal to be formed between the tyre and the wheel. If you get into difficulty removing or installing a tubeless tyre then you local bike shop or even car garage will be able to assist.
If you do get a puncture with a tubeless set up then your best option is to add some tubeless sealant. This can be done without removing the wheel from the scooter and without removing the tyre from the wheel and in most cases once sealant has been applied you’ll be able to pump the tyre up without further issues.
Click below for a video on how to add sealant to e-scooter inner tubes.
Pneumatic tyres with an inner tube, as found on bicycles are our preferred setup. The ride quality is as good as a tubeless set up and puncture resistance is almost as good if sealant is installed.
Tyre Maintenance and tips
Obviously pneumatic tyres require a certain amount of maintenance. Flats need to be repaired and tyre pressure needs to be regularly maintained. Some basic maintenance can help maintain the tyres in top condition and reduce the chances of getting flats.
Check your electric scooters manual for the recommended tyre pressure and pump up your tyres accordingly. You’re more likely to get a puncture if you’re riding with under inflated tyres, the ride quality will also suffer as would the scooter’s performance - so pump it up!
Cyclists have have been using sealant to prevent punctures for years, and now the electric scooter buying public are catching on. Sealant or slime is a liquid that you put into the tyre or innertube via the valve to prevent flats. As the name suggests when you get a puncture the sealant - seals the hole preventing air loss and allowing you to continue riding. In fact the process works so well you will probably not even notice that you’ve received a puncture as the sealant has done its job.
Sealant can also be used as a preventative measure, so apply sealant to your electric scooter and fingers crossed flats will be a thing of the past!
For a smoother ride we suggest wheel sizes of 8" - 10" Larger wheels will offer a smoother ride over those rough roads.