“Can You Say… Knobby?”
(New, Upgraded Tires Mean New. Upgraded Performance. )
– Fred Welch
The Trikke Elekktric Pon-E is a quick, slick, and incredibly functional machine.
This past January I went to the Consumer Electronics show and saw lots of new vehicle types and the companies who make them. And I can honestly say that, when it comes to the growing market trend of personal electric transportation, Trikke vehicles are tops in their class. They’re fun, foldable, body powered hybrids that act as an exceptional lifestyle tool if you use it properly.
But, they also have their limitations. Ever skid out the front wheel on take off? The Trikke hub motor wheel is out in front of the rider’s weight. So, traction is limited. That’s why leaning forward during acceleration puts traction where you need it when you need it, helping to stick that front tire to the ground.
(Cause let’s face it, spinning out the tire and leaving skid marks every time you take off is soooo 11th grade, don’t ya think?)
The upside of any front wheel drive configuration is that it requires less torque to move you. So, you don’t need as much power to do the job. Great upside. But, just like front wheel drive cars, they are NOT at their best in low traction situations like dirt, grass, or snow.
SO, typically, mounting knobby tires on a “low power, low torque” configuration like the Trikke Pon-e (36V or 48V) just wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Even though any Trikke Elekktric aficionado will tell you the Trikke Pon-E can often be ridden on dirt or even grass, once again, it is not without limitation. It’s simply not meant for that kind of terrain.
So, when I heard el maestro (aka Gildo B.) say, “All new Pon-Es are now assembled with the new Trikke knobby tires.”, I felt it was necessary to say… “Say whaaat?!”
Here’s his reply: (Inset the quote and use different font)
“ Why knobby tires? Knobby tires may not be considered necessary for a front wheel drive vehicle with low torque motor, but it can certainly help with braking because of the additional traction, especially on dirt or wet roads.
The most common maintenance or service issue is Tires, – wearing out, getting flats, etc. I’ve been doing a lot of research, and tried a lot of tires, so here is what you need to know about these new knobby tires.
This is the same tire as on our new Defender model for Patrol – security / law enforcement. It’s a “hybrid” tread – as in, just a little knobby. (see photos below) So, you’re picking up less rolling resistance than a full knobby.
They have the same basic dimension as before, so they’re also interchangeable and can mount on any existing 8” wheel. But new Pon-Es will also have a new rear wheel design too, – same diameter, but rim and hub are wider, using a 10mm (I.D.) bearings (same T12 bearings). That will help with wear and tear and, therefore, it will also help with maintenance.
Since these knobby tires are assembled “tubeless” with tire sealant slime inside, they are also self-healing in case of puncture. Tubes are actually still an option, but all this means they also hold pressure for a longer time. Of course, you still have to check your air pressure, but they’re virtually maintenance free.
They still have a heavy duty carcass, but they’re also 25% lighter and more flexible than the previous heavy duty tires. And even at 50 psi (40 psi front), they still ride very well.
Tires make a big difference. This is a good upgrade. Soon, we will also have the slick tire option for the Trikke Pon-e line up (which will be same size as the knobbies). ”
So, like the man said,… “This is a good upgrade.”
Next up on TECH TIPS…. The new brake system for the Trikke Pon-E. Big upgrade, huge improvement!