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Old 07-14-18, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by berlinonaut View Post
Neither agree nor disagree - it depends. I.e. I own an Airnmal Joey, equipped with 40mm/507 Kenda Kwest tires. This rolls clearly better over rough terrain or cobblestones than my 349 Brompton or a Tern Link 20"-folder. Or a 406 Bike Friday Pocket Lama with Marathons on it. But as I run it with high pressure (>6 Bar) in the tires it rolls better but not necessarily very comfy.....
In April I had my Joey on a week long trip on very rough pavement. Running older (discontinued size) Schwalbe Marathons in 507X40 (24X1.5) size. First day I had between 55 and 60 psi (~4 bars) in my front tire. My hands took a beating from the rough road, my GPS mounted on the handlebars also had trouble from the vibration. Second day, dropped my front tire pressure to between 40 and 45 psi (~3 bars). I rode just as fast as the day before but the softer ride was much more comfortable on the hands, my GPS quit protesting too. Rode the rest of the trip at that low pressure.

My discomfort was all related to the vibration on the front, not the rear tire. I did not drop rear pressure, I think it was about 75 to 80 psi (~5.5 bars).
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