I recently stumbled across an ad/YouTube video for the new 2023 XP Xpedtion cargo ebike. I was completely blown away by this awesome product. I feel that XP has an absolute WINNER on their hands. That being the case, I decided to cruise over to this XP forum to see what's up. I just want to interject my own experiences/thoughts on the subject of this XP “tire” thread.
I own 6 ebikes, one of which is an 2021 ArielRider X52 beast. It, too uses fat 20” tires. Its motorcycle tire “information” is explained in this EBR link of mine:
I go on a 50-mile ebike ride on nearly a daily basis (at age 72, I am retired). I have 6 ebikes, 3 of which are deemed “worthy”. When I go on a ride, I don't want any distractions (mechanical/electrical/flat tires). To that end, I have been VERY successful in how I deal with the aforementioned potential maladies. I haven't carried any flat tire repair items since Sept of 2018. I'm sure that each of you viewers possess the same exact mindset (no flats). Thus, the reason for this “tire” reply.
As of Feb. 22,2023, my ArielRider X52 has 11,348 miles on the odometer. Every one of those miles has been while rolling on the SHINKO 244 (to mileage 7,657) and then (currently) on SHINKO 241 motorcycle tires. These tires cost around $50 each delivered.
They will easily attain 10,000 miles before needing replacement. That is a true godsend when having to deal with that pesky rear wheel/rear tire/rear motor hub removal/installation fiasco. The 244's are kind of noisy. The 241's (my hands-down favorite) are absolutely QUIET. Unbelievable for such a gnarly looking tread pattern.
Instead of rambling on about my already posted link, I just want to say that the 2023 Xpedition (especially the dual battery option @$1,700) is the ultimate consumer ebike toy. From now on, whenever I get questioned by strangers about my ebikes/ebikes in general, my go-to recommendation will be the Xpedtion. You just can't go wrong with this does-it-all cargo ebike toy.
With its tremendous carrying (weight) capability, dual battery option, and 750watt motor, the Xpedtion and the SHINKO motorcycle tires/tubes/slime are a true match-up. Remember that these SHINKO tires are designed to handle a 400 pound MOTORCYCLE and
a rider/passenger combo that can easily reach another 400 pounds. A 90 pound Xpedtion ebike, and its weight carrying capability, will be a like a bunny fart. That also applies for the other XP 20” tire ebikes. Eazy-breezy.
The Xpedition lacks only
a front suspension fork. However, that is not intended to be a deal breaker. A fork can be purchased/installed for around $200-- if you even decide to opt for that accessory after buying/riding the Xpedition. I occasionally “lockout” my front suspension fork (all of my ebikes use one) just for the heck of it.
However, in keeping with this XP thread, your tire choice for any XP ebike should definitely be the SHINKO motorcycle tires and motorcycle inner tubes as addressed in the aforementioned EBR link. Sure, your “mileage” will be about 10% less, but your peace of mind will be priceless. Plus, if you should decide that you need more miles per ride, buy an additional battery.