replacement tires for Evo Cross

I have 1500 miles on my Evo Cross, and have had a rash of pinch flats lately on the rear, despite being diligent about tire pressure. 1500 miles doesn't seem like much, but my commute is mostly on bike paths, and includes traversing 20 underpasses a day, over a 22 mile roundtrip. The pavement on these underpasses is very hard concrete (not asphalt, like the rest of the path), and is quite rough, with a washboard effect when zooming through them at speeds over 25mph. I noticed one spot on the rear tire in between the treads where the outer rubber is breaking apart a little. I'm hoping the tires are the cause of the pinch flats, and a sturdy replacement tire will do the trick.

So, any advice for tire selection? I'm looking at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 440 (supposedly 'flatless'), which seems popular, based on some other threads here. I read that these stiff tires are a bit heavy, and can be a monumental bitch to get mounted, but there are how-to videos.
 
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Ravi Kempaiah

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I have 1500 miles on my Evo Cross, and have had a rash of pinch flats lately on the rear, despite being diligent about tire pressure. 1500 miles doesn't seem like much, but my commute is mostly on bike paths, and includes traversing 20 underpasses a day, over a 22 mile roundtrip. The pavement on these underpasses is very hard concrete (not asphalt, like the rest of the path), and is quite rough, with a washboard effect when zooming through them at speeds over 25mph. I noticed one spot on the rear tire in between the treads where the outer rubber is breaking apart a little. I'm hoping the tires are the cause of the pinch flats, and a sturdy replacement tire is will do the trick.

So, any advice for tire selection? I'm looking at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 440 (supposedly 'flatless'), which seems popular, based on some other threads here. I read that these stiff tires are a bit heavy, and can be a monumental bitch to get mounted, but there are how-to videos.

Whatever you read on internet should be taken with a grain of salt. They are not difficult to mount. If you take it to a bike shop it's a $15, 5 min job for them. The first thing I did when I got my Neo Nitro was to put M+ tires and after about 650 miles, I haven't experienced a single flat.
One bad experience is enough to ruin the whole Ebiking pleasure and especially if you're on a bike and you have a meeting to attend at work ... So, I would invest in those without a second thought.
 

Nirmala

Active Member
They do have 700x40c which is pretty close and should easily fit inside your frame, or they have a 700x32c which would be a narrower tire. These sizes are under the City/Allterrain/Mini-Velo category.
 
Got the Marathon Plus HS 440. Installation wasn't too bad, though it took a little more effort than the stock tires. They seem to extend a bit further from the wheel, because I needed to adjust my kick stand to account for the additional height. They look and feel tough! The ride is smooth and surprisingly quiet, which I guess is due to lower rolling resistance. I have a very good feeling about these tires.
 

hugofrome

New Member
I was tempted to try Bell No-Mor flats but many people claim using these causes damage to rims and spokes because these don't distribute shock. What have you found to be true?
 

Nirmala

Active Member
I was tempted to try Bell No-Mor flats but many people claim using these causes damage to rims and spokes because these don't distribute shock. What have you found to be true?
I've read a lot of bad reviews of the Bell No-Mor inserts. There are not many reviews out there of the Tannus tires, but it seems like a better approach overall: http://www.tannus.com/#intro
I wish there were more real world reports of how the Tannus tires work.
 

mamerc

Member
Looking to enlarge the tires on my wifes JET so we can ride single trails we have around here, I posted a comment on Easy Motions Facebook, here is what they replied when asked if a 700x40 would fit....Easy Motion USA - Electric Bikes Hi Marty, a 40 will fit. I would take a look at the Schwalbe Big Ben 28x2". Its a current favorite of ours for the Jet and Cross. On that note it is always best to do a test fit at the dealer. Tire sizes can vary greatly even when the #'s say they should be the same