Tyre Choice

Unlike your average bicycle where just about all the component parts can be changed or upgraded, a Swifty scooter, with it’s far more limited range of components, does not have that ability. Other than changing the handlebar grips and fitting a few accessories, there’s not really much you can do, other than the tyres, that is.

At present, and no doubt things will change in the future, my Swifty Zero is fitted with Kenda Kwest 16″ x 1.50″ tyres, in my opinion, a reasonable size for urban use, offering low rolling resistance, and therefor faster speeds and less kicking effort. With this model of tyre pay attention to the direction of the drive arrow marking on the tyre sidewall. It should point forwards when at the top of the tyre.

The Swifty Air is fitted with a set of the larger Maxxis Hookwork 16″ x 1.95″ tyres, the larger footprint is better for loose and soft surfaces, such as off-road trails. They do take more effort to push but do offer a more comfortable ride, even when kept inflated to the upper range of their maximum 110 PSI. I tend to run mine around 90 PSI. I plan to have a look at what the maximum tyres size I can fit on a Swifty, perhaps getting hold of a pair of Schwalbe Big Apple 16″ x 2.00″ tyres.

There isn’t a huge range of good quality tyres available for the 16″ ETRTO 305mm rims used on the Swifty scooters range but there’s enough to choose from:

  • Aresbikes A-class 16″ x 1.75″
  • Continental Ride Tour 16″ x 1.75″
  • Kenda Kwest K193 16″ x 1.25″
  • Kenda Kwest K193 16″ x 1.50″
  • Maxxis Hookwork 16″ x 1.95″
  • Schwalbe Big Apple 16″ x 2.00″
  • Schwalbe Marathon 16″ x 1.75″
  • Schwalbe Marathon Racer 16″ x 1.50″
  • Schwalbe Road Cruiser 16″ x 1.75″

Of course, this is just a few and many more are available, including some with knobbly off-road treads, used on 16″ wheeled BMX bicycles. I’ve not listed any here as I’m not sure there are any benefits to using them on kick scooters. I will be doing further research so watch this space. One final note, when purchasing tyres make sure they are ETRTO 305 mm and will fit your own wheels.

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