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12-04-2007 #1Mary Guest
Armadillo/Kevlar tires = a hard ride??
I just read several opinions from people who have used Kevlar tires that they are stiff and therefore give a hard ride.
12-04-2007 #2DougC Guest
The kevlar is really a pretty thin layer in what is otherwise a normal-thickness tire. The air pressure you inflate the tires to makes much more difference.
Kevlar might add a bit of rolling resistance, but on a motorized bike I doubt that would hardly matter.
I use the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my (non-motorized) short-range bike. I haven't had any flats yet but (compared to the Primo Comets the bike came with) the tires do seem to have a lot of rolling resistance. The rubber belt on the S.M.P's is the thickest you can get.
12-04-2007 #3Alaskavan Guest
I ran Armadillo's for a while on my Trek. The friction drive ended up peeling the rubber off of them. Never did get a flat. I didn't notice any increased rough ride.
12-05-2007 #4az cra-z Guest
I've used a bunch of different kevlar belted tires. Never having a flat makes up for a whole lot of other stuff, time-, aggravation-, speed-wise, etc.
12-06-2007 #5Abeagle Guest
After having two flats this last week I bought some Slime filled tubes and Mr. Tuffy's tire liner as added protection. My last bike had Kenda kevlar tires and never had a flat and I never noticed a harder ride. I will replace my current tires in a few months with kevlar belted tires, flats are a real pain especially in the rain.
12-07-2007 #6mickey Guest
All biking fun stops when you have a flat, especially 25 miles from home.
12-07-2007 #7Hive Guest
Mickey Has It Right
A flat tire kills it, no matter where you are.
And why I went with Specialized Armadillos. I am not a judge of ride comfort, but the front suspension bike I now ride with same back 'dillo rubber is better ride than the cruiser with a cushioned seat post. Regardless, stiff ride or not, better a bump in the butt and walking home, etc. The Armadillo seems cushy enough.
Somewhere on the board is a comment and link about solid tires.
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