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Old 02-27-14, 09:10 AM   #1
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Looking for Tires for my Dahon Uno

What do you think of the 20" Maxxis Hookworm?
Pumps up to 110 psi.
What do you think of high pressure tires on my Dahon?
Low rolling resistance?

I am new at all this.
What tire would you recommend? Thanks..
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Old 02-27-14, 02:12 PM   #2
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What do you think of the 20" Maxxis Hookworm?
Pumps up to 110 psi.
What do you think of high pressure tires on my Dahon?
Low rolling resistance?

I am new at all this.
What tire would you recommend? Thanks..

That depends.... tires are somewhat personal ..lol There are peeps loving their latest set and feel that theirs are the fastest and and and and

and than there is the misconception that higher pressure equals lesser rolling resistance.... :-)
which in some cases is right , but not in every case either....
Than throw in some "tests" from self exclaimed experts ....
weigh in the marketing hype from the manufacturer ...

for example a Schwalbe Ultremo with his ultra narrow width, super light, with 160 lbs pressure, feels like a rocket.... A Schwalbe Big Apple feels fast but also very comfortable ...
Depending on the use ... you will tire earlier on the Race tire, than the Comfy Apple.... endurance over speed...


Its confusing to say the least.....
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Old 02-27-14, 06:35 PM   #3
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Speed or Mu Uno? YMMV,but I wouldn't want to run 110psi tires on an all alloy,small wheeled bike.

If you want fast tires,I'd recommend Schwalbe 1.35" Kojaks or 1.6" Marathon Supremes.
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Old 02-28-14, 07:16 AM   #4
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I am running hookworms on my dahon silvertip and my non folding mini velo and I personally love them despite the added weight, they roll very fast and the effects on the bike's handling have be fantastic. Both bikes turn like they are on rails now far better than my original kojak tires and I am popping fewer tubes.
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Thanks everyone. My bike is a Dahon Speed Uno.
So using a 110 psi tire may do damage to the rim?
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It won't do any damage to the rim, but it'll do damage to your butt depending on the condition of the trails you ride? if you have super smooth glass like paths then go as high as you want but if they are crack ridden or chipseal. Then using big apples pumped up to probably 40-50psi would be the better choice. It all depends on your riding conditions. Higher psi doesn't always means faster, it may feel faster because of your handlebars jumping around but it doesn't always mean you are going faster.
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Few years since I sold my Dahon, but it came stock with Schwalbe Big Apples which gave a very nice ride.
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Thanks everyone. My bike is a Dahon Speed Uno.
So using a 110 psi tire may do damage to the rim?
Rolling resistance as a function of PSI is going to be u-shaped. At low-PSI your contact patch is large. At high-PSI the suspension losses outweigh any advantages of a smaller contact patch.
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Thanks everybody.
I ended up ordering the Big Apples.
$63 for 2, shipped.
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Thanks everyone. My bike is a Dahon Speed Uno.
So using a 110 psi tire may do damage to the rim?
If anything that tire will probably afford the rim more protection from the road and curbs. My silvertip has probably the same double walled kinetix comp rims as your uno and they are holding up just fine.

As for rolling resistance I have found it is a component of both pressure and tire compound. My Dahon came with 20x1.35 scwalbe kojak tires and it felt fast until I built my bully with hookworm tires, bikes with near identical geometry and identical drivetrains at the time. To maintain a similar speed on the same terain would require significantly more effort, when I switched that bike hookworms the performance improved imediately, I verified speeds with identical cateye strada cycling computers. In between I had tried animal ASM-R folding 110psi 1.95 tires which were soft compound and they sucked worse than the kojaks, the hookworm tires are thick enough with a hard enough compound to have minimal deformation at opperating pressure, I run mine at 80-95psi.

I would try the hookworms they are a cheap experiment
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