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Low Rolling Resistance vs. Suspension aspects of Tires on Bike Trailers

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12:37 pm
May 22, 2012

Josh Lipton


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I am a bit torn as to what to order for my Burley tail wagon. I am planning several long distance trips this summer.
My issue is my dogs comfort versus rolling resistance. My initial thought was to put Marathon racers on the trailer, that's what I have on my touring bike. I suppose the choice between the racer (16x1.5) and the marathon greenguard (16x1.75) is simply a matter of puncture protection in terms of difference. But the real dilemma is whether to go for one of the marathons or the big apple (16x2.0) which is supposed to act as a mini-suspension.
The question is, will my dog feel a difference (she's not saying much about the whole thing) or am I better off minimizing rolling resistance and going for the marathon racer?


9:14 am
May 25, 2012

Fire Chief Carlson


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The racer is going to be a much smaller tread pattern and have less puncture resistance, rolling resistance is the only upside and on a trailer I don't think that the difference will be noticeable.  That being said I would pick the Marathon Green Guard simply because it's a higher mileage tire and has great puncture resistance.

12:18 pm
June 8, 2012

Josh Lipton


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We are pulling a Burley Solo trailer with 16 inch tires and a Burley Piccolo trail-bike with a 20 inch tire.
We are getting ready to go on a 300 mile week long bike ride and I saw your Maxxis Hookworm Tires and I love that they are high pressure tires. Right now the tires that we have on these trailers are 45 psi tires (16 inch) and 65 psi tires (20 inch).
Could we safely put your tires on the trailers? Do we need different tubes?

The Maxxis Hookworms are very nice tires offering both a high max pressure of 110 PSI and large volume.  There is no reason there should be any safety issues in fact, I'd feel much better about having these tires on a child trailer rather than the basic tires that come standard.


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