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Old 02-17-15, 04:49 PM
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Solid tires for commuting? Tannus Aither 1.1 solid tyres

Changing tires while commiting is a PITA (especially on a single speed where I need a wrench and good alignment).

These seem like a new interesting alternative, but I'm not sure anyone sells them in the US (the UK is the lucky one this time).

they seem to avoid most of the drawbacks of solid tires, and garantee you won't have a puncture while commuting. I would probably just use one on the rear, as front flats are pretty dang rare if I don't get a pinch flat.

Some reviews:
Tannus launches new Aither 1.1 solid tyres | road.cc
Say Goodbye to flats for good with the Tannus Lightweight Solid Road Tire
Tannus solid tyres - an HONEST review - VeloBallsVeloBalls

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Via con dios. Ever wonder why these don't come stock on any bikes?

I'm still waiting for someone to post of review about how well these grip. I've twice gotten air under my rear wheel with Marathon Supremes when panic braking down a hill in the rain. I'd like to see how any of these solid tires compare to that. And I have picked many bits of FOD out of my tires with zero flats.

I can see solid tires for the rear of a cargo bike,or for smooth MUPs infested with goatheads,but for regular streets I'll stick to my pneumatics.
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Man, you gotta get behind the saddle and low on those wet downhill panic brakes! I'm not entirely sure different tires would help, just redistribute your center mass. The good news is it sounds like you have some solid brakes/pads
I'll also stick to pneumatic tires.
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I'll just hit "pass"
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Neat. Lots of the bicycle technologies we take for granted took a few iterations to get right. These guys seem like they're on the right track with that pin-locking system.

I'll sit back and see how they do in the marketplace/real world before ordering some, though.
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
Man, you gotta get behind the saddle and low on those wet downhill panic brakes! I'm not entirely sure different tires would help, just redistribute your center mass.
I did. Both times it happened around here:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Si...38d9501f3252a8

This was one of the places on my old commute that cause me to laugh at people who claim DC's not hilly.
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I saw some Youtube videos on these tires last night.. I don't know how I feel about these... I've been fine just using bullet proof pneumatic tires.
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Old 02-18-15, 07:54 PM
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OP, 2 of your links just say they are for sale. The so called honest review is based on 1 ride as far as I can tell. Who knows how far that was. But the temperature range: -15 to 50? Seriously?
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OP, 2 of your links just say they are for sale. The so called honest review is based on 1 ride as far as I can tell. Who knows how far that was. But the temperature range: -15 to 50? Seriously?
Celsius, not Farenheit. That's ~5 to ~120 f.

If my marathon supremes ever wear out, I might be tempted to try them if there were more reviews.
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
Celsius, not Farenheit. That's ~5 to ~120 f.

If my marathon supremes ever wear out, I might be tempted to try them if there were more reviews.
That range is so lame it didn't matter. I assumed celsius. I guess you have to put the bike up for the winter if you live around here.
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@scroca It'll probably cover 99% of miles ridden, nonetheless.
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@scroca It'll probably cover 99% of miles ridden, nonetheless.
Let us know how they work out for you. Where you live I'd worry about them rolling off the rims when it gets hot.
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Let us know how they work out for you. Where you live I'd worry about them rolling off the rims when it gets hot.
Well, I hope you're a patient man because I'm about 5000 miles into the marathon supremes and I've got plenty of tread left, and I'm not getting any punctures either(excuse me a moment...I'm going to go light a candle to the patron saints of bicycles, tires and mechanics, after I knock on every wood surface in my apartment). So new tires aren't a priority, and I'm not sure I would spend quite so much on a tire without a bunch of appealing reviews behind it.

During the summer I made a point of touching the tires at various points of rides. I never felt a temperature high enough to make me yank my hand back, and I was finishing my commute at 3pm, after an hour of no shade. So I'm not actually that worried about the temperature. I'd instantly dismiss them if I lived in Phoenix with the rest of my extended family, however.
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Well, I hope you're a patient man because I'm about 5000 miles into the marathon supremes and I've got plenty of tread left, and I'm not getting any punctures either(excuse me a moment...I'm going to go light a candle to the patron saints of bicycles, tires and mechanics, after I knock on every wood surface in my apartment). So new tires aren't a priority, and I'm not sure I would spend quite so much on a tire without a bunch of appealing reviews behind it.

During the summer I made a point of touching the tires at various points of rides. I never felt a temperature high enough to make me yank my hand back, and I was finishing my commute at 3pm, after an hour of no shade. So I'm not actually that worried about the temperature. I'd instantly dismiss them if I lived in Phoenix with the rest of my extended family, however.
I tried airless tires in Evansville, IN and had one roll off the rim. It was no where near 120 degrees. Lucky for me it was on a low speed turn. I think they are just flat out dangerous. And then there was the horrible shimmy at any kind of speed, so don't go down any hills, either.
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I tried airless tires in Evansville, IN and had one roll off the rim. It was no where near 120 degrees. Lucky for me it was on a low speed turn. I think they are just flat out dangerous. And then there was the horrible shimmy at any kind of speed, so don't go down any hills, either.
Yeah I'm not an early adopter kinda guy, which is why I'd wait until there were more reviews. Especially since they're a chunk more expensive than a known, trusted product(marathon supremes for me).
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I tried airless tires in Evansville, IN and had one roll off the rim. It was no where near 120 degrees. Lucky for me it was on a low speed turn. I think they are just flat out dangerous. And then there was the horrible shimmy at any kind of speed, so don't go down any hills, either.
The only place I might consider using solid tires are on a factory floor. Somewhere were I might move a couple blocks or so.
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Flat tires are not that much if a problem, really. This is another solution for an inexistent problem, and will likely never come into the mainstream. Just my 2 cents.
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I don't like the looks of them aither.

Weights start at 380 grams for the 700c x 23mm model
Where do they put it all?
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These seem like a new interesting alternative, but I'm not sure anyone sells them in the US (the UK is the lucky one this time).
Lucky Brits get to be the beta testers.
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Try some kind of marathons. Start there. The bumps must be tough with no cushion.
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According to Wikipedia, "The first practical pneumatic tire was made by Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop while working as a veterinarian in May Street, Belfast in 1887 for his son's bicycle, in an effort to prevent the headaches his son had while riding on rough roads." The pneumatic tire was not just a good idea, but one of those inventions that changed the world. They are such a good idea, and have become so pervasive, that people sometimes take them for granted. People have tried all kinds of solid tires, foam tires, etc over the years. I've met people who tried them; I've never met someone who switched to solid tires and didn't soon switch back.
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I'd love to see a completely flatproof tire, but the links the OP posted sounded like marketing. Like the "honest" review sounded like it was written by a smart marketer. "I had heard they would ride badly - they didn't ride any worse than my bontrager hardcases!".

I just found it a bit hard to believe.

If you want the most puncture resistant tire you can get right now, it's the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. It puts an extra layer of rubber on the outside that there are videos of people put thumb tacks into the tire and riding on them with no problem.

I dunno, would be interested in hearing field reports from people who used this new tires, but it seems like someone comes out with the "idea" of a tire with no air every decade and it never pans out.
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I find these interesting, but at $185 a tire, I think I will remain a non-early adopter and stick with my Michelin Pro4 Endurance and Tuffy Liners.
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I've never met someone who switched to solid tires and didn't soon switch back.
Quite right! Long ago, I installed inner tubes called NO-MOR-FLATS for a few customers. (I was a bike mechanic.) They were really bad. In at least one case, the spokes came loose from lack of pressure, and the wheels disintegrated. I think this was on an English 3-speed.

Pneumatic tires are in extremely wide use for a very good reason. They are the best. Nothing comes close. Nothing even comes close to coming close.
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