Hi, I’m Gayle, I work for everybicycletire.com. I was asked to make an introduction in a couple of the forums because I have a lot of information that maybe useful to members of this community, so I’m posting some of it here. I’d love to have some input from you as to what tires have worked well for you, and the types of problems you’ve had with tires on your electric bikes. The bikes I'm talking about are actual bicycles with electric motors, if you have a scooter or a moped you need highway rated tires.
We recommend looking for a tire with puncture protection and a high load rating. Since electric bikes can sustain higher speeds for longer than a rider on a traditional bike could, it’s important to realize that you’re subjecting the tires to more stress than you would on a regular bike. You’ll also tend to put more miles on an electric bike than you would otherwise. Tires that work well for electric bikes tend to be the big, heavy and expensive. Since most bike shops have a limited amount of space these are often the tires they decide not to carry.
Schwalbe has some tires that work well on electric bikes. For example, the Big Apple comes in a wide range of diameters (203, 254, 305, 355, 406, 507, 559 and 622), and widths from 2.00” to 2.35”. Wider tires have higher load ratings, it has to do with the volume of air in the tire, so I’d recommend getting the widest tire that will fit on your bike. The 26 x 2.00 Fat Frank comes in solid black, cream and brown for a stylish look. It has a load rating of 150k (330 lbs) so don’t let it’s good looks fool you, this is a tough tire. If your ride is typically plagued with flats the Marathon Plus will solve your problems. Like the Big Apple the Marathon Plus comes in a variety of diameters (349, 355, 406, 507, 559, 590 and 622). It’s width ranges from 1.35 to 1.75 (25-45 in 700C sizing). While the Marathon Plus has a slightly lower load rating than the Big Apple and Fat Frank, it makes up for that with a 5mm thick India rubber strip under the casing to protect against flats. You can stick a thumbtack all the way into this tire and it won’t puncture it.
There are many tires out there that will work besides the ones we carry. Look for the widest tire you can use, with a high load rating and puncture protection. To see examples of high load rating tires please see http://www.everybicycletire.com/Shop...eavy-duty.aspx. To see all our tires go to the “bicycle tires” link. You can sort the results using the drop downs near the top of the page. To see the widest selection of tires hit “reset filters” in between searches.
I'll be monitoring my posts so I can answer any questions you have.
Thank you very much,