The choice of tires is essential for an ebike to perform at its best. High-quality tires will roll more quickly, prevent punctures and enhance riding performance and safety in any terrain and weather. Fat tire bikes are the most suitable for tackling a variety of landscape surfaces, regardless of difficulty. They give better traction on uneven grounds compared to regular tires. Fat tires' widths typically range from four to five inches.
The initial fat tire on the Zebra, Zebra Step-Thru, Cruiser, Cruiser step-thru, Big Dog, and Escape Pro measures 4.0 inches, while Cobra and Cobra Pro is 4.8 inches. Now Himiway is introducing the fat tire upgrade from 4.0 to 4.5 inches, which is compatible with Zebra Step-Thru, Cobra Pro, Big Dog, and Escape Pro fat tires. This 4.5-inch fat tire upgrade gives its riders a better grip and a more comfortable riding experience in different weather conditions on various terrains.
Advantages Of The Upgrade: Why Do We Upgrade To 4.5-Inch?
The Himiway tire upgrade comes with some significant benefits. Below are the advantages of using the 4.5-inch fat tires, alongside reasons that make them a better choice than the 4.0-inch tires.
Optimum Performance All-season
One significant advantage fat tires have over thin tires is that they are effective in different weather conditions. The upgraded 4.5 inches gives you better resilience, as you can travel in challenging weather conditions, thanks to its additional weight. Whether riding on snow in winter or through the desert in summer, you can trust the Himiway’s 4.5-inch tires to give optimum performance.
Improved Balance on All-surface
The 4.5-inch tire on the Zebra Step-Thru, Cobra Pro, Big Dog, and Escape Pro gives riders more stability as they go through different terrains. This tire upgrade would give you a better riding experience. Through all terrain, these tires ride effortlessly on snowy, sandy, grassy, muddy, and other slippery surfaces.
Best for Extreme performance
The upgraded model offers optimum traction, a wear-resistant design, and a puncture-resistant liner for a long service life if you want to purchase an all-purpose fat tire e-bike with outstanding off-road capability. You may accelerate more quickly with more grip and friction when your tires are more extensive and the air pressure is lower.
Provides Stronger Grip
Electric bikes with fat tires have more extensive contact patches, which gives the rider grip as they ride. However, the previous tire model has moderate-sized knobs with moderate spacing that can loosen while riding, especially on challenging terrains. At the same time, the upgraded model gives its riders a better grip, more excellent stability, and control even while riding at a higher speed. The surface area and extra weight of your tires are essential in maintaining better traction. With a tire upgrade, you would have an improved grip firmness and control on handling rugged terrains.
More comfortable riding
You enjoy your ride because the updated Himiway tires go well with the shock absorbers, suspension system, and other components. Since fat tires commodates more air, upgraded tires offer better protection. Low pressure, high shock absorption, and elastic rubber are some features of these fat tires. They also have improved control while breaking by drastically reducing stopping distances, which keeps you safe.
Comparison of difference: Himiway by Kenda K1188 vs. K1277
Here’s a comparison of the Himiway’s Kenda K1188 and K1277:
Before upgrade (Himiway by Kenda 26 × 4.0 K1188)
The older Kenda K1188 measures 26 × 4.0 inches. It has moderately-sized knobs with average spacing that could lack grip in the loosest, muckiest terrain and grip with reduced drag in most loose conditions. The 4.0 Kenda has shorter knobs for fast-rolling efficiency in hard-packed conditions or the occasional pavement.
After Upgrade (Himiway by Kenda 26 × 4.5 K1277)
Even though the previous Himiway Kenda K1188, measuring 26 × 4.0 inches, meets specific standards for demanding conditions, the improved Kenda 26 × 4.5 K1277 does way more. The qualities of the previous Kenda K1188 fat tires are impossible to compare with the new models of tires with better friction, better grip, and improved safety during rides. As the fat tire expert, Himiway fat tire upgrade focuses on building electric bikes with the best for extreme performance. The widths and tread patterns cover various riding styles and conditions for most fat bikes. Himiway's 4.5 Kenda is the ultimate studded fat tire for extreme riding conditions.
What to look for in Fat Bike Tires
These are some of the things to consider when looking to get fat bike tires:
The diameters of tires are seeing some new changes. Fat tire bike models often have 26 inches of wheels and tires, and only some models can accommodate 26 inches of tires. However, doing so requires buying new wheels and come with various risks. Also, the 26×4.0-inch fat tires are better and can handle surface-challenging off-road terrains than tires with a smaller diameter; however, they are heavier. When you have a large wheel diameter, it would have an effective impact on your ride.
The tire width is where fat bike tires stand out. Typically, tire width is specified in inches. However, this measurement is more of a generalization than an exact specification. The width of the tires, which can range from less than 4 inches on the low end to 5 inches on the high end, is also a significant factor. Although a tire is fatter, the better it is, that isn't necessarily the case. The most oversized tires, such as those that are close to 5" wide, are the most effective in sand and snow, but they also generate a lot of drag and are very heavy. The four-inch tires have the best balance between traction and resistance, which explains why it's so common. American’s fattest tire, the 4.8-inch on the Himiway Cobra Pro Softail Mountain Electric Bike, can handle all terrains. Notwithstanding, the New Kenda K1277 is a standard get for riding on a range of surfaces.
Fat tires have numerous tread patterns, just like the tires of standard bicycles. The three most popular types are knobby, semi-knobby, and slick. Slick and semi-slick tread patterns are appropriate for light off-road and urban use. However, a knobby tread is preferable if you intend to use your fat bike on rocky, uneven terrains or as a general-purpose all-terrain e-bike. Fat bike tires inherently have quite a bit of tread and tend to be knobby. You can use a knobby tire if your riding involves terrains like loose snow, dirt, or mud.
Seasonal and Terrain Factors
The seasons and terrain you intend to ride your electric bike would determine your tire choice. A more aggressively treaded tire between 4 to 5 inches in width is ideal as this will offer maximal traction when the snow is looser due to higher temperatures or when riding over fresh snow. Studded tires are suitable for icy conditions as they provide the ultimate grip. You need a tire that either has studs or can accommodate them if you use your fat bike primarily for winter rides in a snowy environment.
Fat Bike Tire FAQS
What PSI should my Fat Tire Be?
For roads, your tire pressure can be between 10-30 PSI and 5PSI when you ride in the snow.
What is the skinniest a fat tire can be?
Any bike tire that is under 3.9 inches wide is a narrow one. Therefore, the fat tires should measure at least 3.9 inches.
What is the widest a fat tire can be?
Any tire over about 4.5 inches is typically on the vast side. At the same time, the Himiway Cobra’s 4.8 inches tire is the fattest tire on the American market.
With tire upgrades, you increase the ability of your electric bike to handle rugged terrains. Himiway aims to replace our bikes' tires to enhance performance and appearance. Larger wheels and tires have more ground clearance, making it simpler to travel across rugged terrain. Moreover, this occurs because larger tires have a larger surface area of rubber that comes into touch with pavement or soil, increasing their ability to grip the ground.
Getting the upgraded tire is a good investment if you intend to ride on various off-road terrains, such as snow, mud, dirt trails, or sand. For a better experience and performance, get one of the updated Himiway tires today!