Tires and Rims Test for Segway i2 / x2
Tires for Segway i2 / x2
The right tires for a Segway PT want to be well chosen. Even more than a car or motorcycle, the tire on the Segway PT decides significantly on the ride comfort and handling.
Since the Segway PT has no damping by shock absorbers or the like, the tires must take over 100% of the damping.The only additional way to soften blows from bumps for the rider are comfort floor mats. Once you have driven these, you don't want to give them away. But especially for tour providers, the extra cost only pays off for the Guide Segway PT.
In addition, the tire, and the tire air pressure have a very strong effect on energy consumption and thus on the possible range of the Segway PT.
PT Pro has now once tried to compare the different Segway PT tires with each other. Depending on the interests and needs of the Segway PT driver, he will have different priorities that the tire must perform for him. Since certain properties are almost mutually exclusive, a tire is always a compromise between the individual "disciplines".
In our comparison - list is not a scientifically accurate test, but only reflects our experience with the products. Our fleet consists of an average of 60 - 80 Segways PT, both i2 and x2. Certainly this does not reflect the opinion of all Segway PT riders. However, for the reader, this list can be a good guide to find the most suitable tire for his needs.
Our attention is on the following features of the Segway PT tires:
Application Segway PT tires:
It is important to know which areas of use the Segway PT should travel. For the Segway x2, this is still relatively simple. This is often driven off-road. Only also for the x2 applies, the vehicle should be to be driven evenly also on tar well and the range not too short.
Just by the TÜV problem in many states, many Segway PT tour providers must map their off-road tours with the Segway i2. Here it is particularly important that the tire also generates enough grip on unpaved ground for propulsion but also for cornering.
Segway i2: For this area of application, we recommend the tire-Heidenau-PT-Pro-K84-100-x-65-14 or the tire-Heidenau-K66-80-x-80-x-14. These can generate more grip in the terrain due to the stronger profile.
Segway x2: To ride off-road, the standard cross and tires_Maxxis Razr2 are the first choice. To ride the x2 more on the road you should choose a tire Vee-Rubber or CTS Ambush tires. For use on a Segway x2 based wheelchair, the SunF Intermedia is best.
Weather Characteristics Segway PT Tires:
Few Segway PT riders are also in the winter with their PT's on the road. Rain is, however, especially with tour providers on the agenda. Here, the various tires also have strong differences.
Segway i2: As "rain tires" can convince here only the Heidenau PT Pro K84 and Heidenau K66 for the Segway i2.
Segway x2: Through the rain come almost all x2 tires well. Negatively, only the Vee Rubber stands out here.
Rolling behavior and smoothness Segway PT tires:
Especially with the Segway PT, the rolling behavior and smooth running are extremely important. The driver is actually directly on the tire and thus feels any disturbance of the running smoothness. Above all, the Segway PT rider wants to enjoy yes also the quiet ride, described by many with hovering or gliding. If the tire then sounds like a tank chain is of course not so nice.
Segway i2: The tire with the best result in the running smoothness is the Heidenau PT Pro K84 .Equally convincing here also theMichelin Pilot Street.
Energy requirements or range of a Segway PT:
Segway x2: Due to the coarse lugs, all x2 tires are similar.However, the Rubber Vee and the CTS Ambush stand out positively here. The best, however, is the SunF Intermedia very smooth and quiet.
The energy requirement of a tire is just crucial for the tour provider. He is responsible for whether the one or the other tour on a good day can still take place or not. Here, of course, the tire pressure plays an important role.
For the Segway i2: Due to the special center run, the Heidenau PT Pro K84 can convince with the range. Also performs well here the Michelin Pilot Street tire leading.
For the Segway x2: x2 tires are all energy hogs compared to i2 tires.Positive here still the Rubber Vee and the CTS Ambush. With the x2 tire, the range can only be improved by greatly increasing tire pressure. So you can achieve approximately the same range with an x2 as with an i2.
See also our tire pressure table i2. or for the Segway x2
To increase range, the tire pressure can also be increased to a certain point. Here, however, always applies the rule of thumb.
The higher the tire pressure, the higher the range, but the lower the ride comfort and damping!
If you increase the tire pressure too far, you risk the Segway PT setting up very quickly on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, and braking on its own. This is the Segway PT's safety feature and is unavoidable. Therefore, the air pressure should also be optimized depending on the route.
Durability Segway PT tires:
Adversary of the durability is the grip. But here, too, there are good compromises.
For the Segway i2: The Heidenau PT Pro K84 obtains through the different rubber compounds in the center bar (harder) and side profile (softer) the highest durability while maintaining the best grip. The Michelin Pilot Street is also very durable due to the generally harder rubber compound. Must accept however with the Gripp deductions. The Heidenau K66 is profile and compound-related quite quickly worn. If you compare this but with other all-weather tires, it is in its class a very durable tire.
Still to be emphasized is the increased puncture safety with the Heidenau PT Pro K84. Due to a reinforced tire sidewall, the Segway i2 can still be driven to the station or home at a slightly reduced speed in the event of a pressure loss.
For the Segway x2: The Vee Rubber, the CTS Ambush can convince with the durability.
Price / performance of tires for Segway i2 / x2:
This is probably the most difficult point to discuss. Depending on your own needs, the price / performance ratio is of course highly variable. What does it help the golfer that other tires have a better price-performance ratio for off-roaders, but he may only with this tire on the green of his golf course.
For the Segway i2: Our favorites in the price comparison are the Heidenau K66 and the Michelin Pilot Street.
For the Segway x2: The Standard Cross is not the best tire in any test area, but has by far the best price-performance ratio. The Ambush does quite well in all tests and so also in the price-performance ratio.
Rims for the Segway i2 / x2
Quite decisive is of course also the choice of the appropriate rims. Here there is in the meantime also the agony of choice. For Segway PT rims are the selection criteria apart from the optics, especially the weight ( battery life ), the daily practical handling (how easily I can fill air in the tire), the assembly and disassembly , the concentricity, the directional stability, the torsion in curves and durability.
Safety note rims:
Rims for the Segway PT, no matter what type (plastic, steel or aluminum), like car and motorcycle rims, are not infinitely durable!!!! The normal life span with correct handling is measured in about 10 years. However, if the rims are used improperly (fast ride over curbs or similar) or even involved in an accident, rims can crack or break in the worst case while driving. And this even long after this incident.
The risk of overloading Segway PT rims is generally underestimated because the Segway PT is relatively light and speeds are low. But fractures are usually caused by driving over objects such as curbs, potholes or the like. Most of the force is absorbed by the tire and some is absorbed directly by the rim. Due to the design-related force distribution of Segway PT, the force absorption by shock absorbers is completely missing here. The flatter the tire height and higher the tire pressure, the more force is transmitted directly to the rim. Likewise, if the edge driven over due to insufficient tire pressure to the rim! If this is a punctual load, as described above when driving over sharp-edged objects, it can happen that abruptly so much force acts that the rim flange is plastically deformed.
It does not have to come yet forcibly to the break. With each revolution the pre-damaged wheel now carries out there is a push on the deformed place and it will come sooner or later at this place to the break! This is still strengthened by a negative and/or not adapted camber, in which the main load lies on the internal rim flange.
Easier to understand it is at the example of a paper clip or a wire. If one bends this again and again back and forth, this will break inevitably. The damage occurrence and the damage consequence can occur therefore clearly time-delayed.
In the case of plastic rims, this point is often noticeable well before breakage. The rim does not run round, "eiert" commonly said. If the plastic rim is now "bent" again, the material is again overstretched. The risk of breakage increases rapidly. In addition, the rim will now start to wobble again even with very light impacts. On the other hand, the aluminum rim can withstand much higher loads due to its design. However, as with all aluminum rims, both car and motorcycle, there hairline cracks after falls or impacts are very difficult to detect. The rim looks visually okay and also runs perfectly in driving. However, the smallest hairline cracks occurred during an impact, which can then lead to fracture at some point due to further stress.
Please replace their rims immediately even if damage is not openly visible, if
- A wheel is already yawing or damaged
- The Segway PT has been involved in an accident where the wheels have taken a knock
- The Segway PT has been driven at more than 12 km/h (i2)over a high curb or similar
- The Segway PT was transported in a vehicle that was involved in an accident
You should avoid:
- Driving fast over higher edges and through deep potholes
- Impact of the rims and wheels
- Lashing and securing the Segway PT to the rims during transport (High pulling forces in directions not considered in the design of the rim!)
- Tightening the wheel nuts with too little or too much torque
- Driving without all wheel nuts being properly tightened
- Driving with tire pressure too high or too low
- Driving with too high a load (weight)
- Improper tire disassembly and assembly (especially with the original Segway x2 rim, you must act extremely carefully!)