Winter tires first ebike purchase

Nada.zksh

New Member
Hey guys I'm looking to purchase a folding ebike for small commutes, starting my masters so dnt really need a car since ill be using the train so need something as a last mile kinda thing and just small trips in my city here and there.

I've been looking at bikes for over a week now and getting really frustrated at this point so thought I'd ask for help😅

Initially thought I'd go with fat tires for the winter but after a bunch of reading it seemed unnecessary plus they r usually heavy and i don't want to struggle coming out of the train when its crowded. So after some consideration I'm looking at the Jupiter discovery,

Light enough-40lb
Compact
Good price
And nice look

Thing is its a 16" , 1.95" tires and im looking to get winter tires or studded tires for it but can't seem to find studded tires for this size.

So my questions are:
1) anyone have a Jupiter or knows how it holds up? The review on EBR seemed good but haven't found any other reviews
2) where can i get winter tires for this size?
3) any other suggestions for light folding bike that aren't too wide when folded?
 

J.R.

Well-Known Member
Carbide studded tires are a must if you're going to rely on your bike for commuting daily in the north. Ice is the real threat, not so much snow. I've commuted on them and they're amazing, like riding on dry pavement. Standard tires of any width won't climb out of an ice rut. Have you considered a folding bike with 26 inch wheels?
 

Nada.zksh

New Member
Carbide studded tires are a must if you're going to rely on your bike for commuting daily in the north. Ice is the real threat, not so much snow. I've commuted on them and they're amazing, like riding on dry pavement. Standard tires of any width won't climb out of an ice rut. Have you considered a folding bike with 26 inch wheels?
I think for the most part there isn't ice in the city just going off these last 2 winters.

The problem is it has to be folded so i can be able to take it on the train with me during rush hour(other bikes not permitted) plus taking it into the university building too so that its not stolen outside most foldables from my search are 20" at max, and the Jupiter which is the one im considering now is 16"
 

harryS

Well-Known Member
What I noticed on the Jupiter is that it's really a short range bike. The battery is an especially small 20 cell 36V pack. Those are the same capacity as a hoverboard. I sometimes run my 20" folder on a pack that small. I don't usually go more than 12 miles on them, and have run the pack flat around 18 miles. In winter,, probably half of that,

I have never seen or ridden one, but how about the Qualisports line? Nemo 16" ? More conventional spoked wheels. You break a cast wheel. Out of luck. The battery is probably no bigger though.

There are 16" studded Schwalbe's on ebay, but only 16x1.25.
 
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Nada.zksh

New Member
What I noticed on the Jupiter is that it's really a short range bike. The battery is an especially small 20 cell 36V pack. Those are the same capacity as a hoverboard. I sometimes run my 20" folder on a pack that small. I don't usually go more than 12 miles on them, and have run the pack flat around 18 miles. In winter,, probably half of that,

I have never seen or ridden one, but how about the Qualisports line? Nemo 16" ? More conventional spoked wheels. You break a cast wheel. Out of luck. The battery is probably no bigger though.

There are 16" studded Schwalbe's on ebay, but only 16x1.25.

Ya i considered the nemo but its pretty much the same size, price and low range , but with a lot less comfort features such as suspension, gel seats, and integrated lights, and just the overall aesthetic

There is one that my friend suggested but im not convinced, the swagtron (shipping wise it would be better since its off Amazon and it'll come in like 2 days here in Canada and dnt have to pay any duties or customs o believe)

Anyone know anything about Swagtron?