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AASQ #139: How does TPI relate to Puncture Protection and Tire Suppleness?

AASQ #139: How does TPI relate to Puncture Protection and Tire Suppleness?

We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are some questions you might not want to ask your local shop or…

Friday, Oct 15

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We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are some questions you might not want to ask your local shop or riding buddies. AASQ is our weekly series where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise. Hit the link at the bottom of the post to submit your own question.

Choosing tires can be an absolute minefield. To ensure we’re making the right choice, we must tread carefully, combing through the various casings, tread patterns and rubber compound options. Grip, puncture resistance and rolling resistance hang in the balance, but how a tire’s suppleness impacts these factors is often easily overlooked.

This week, we have ONZA, Maxxis, WTB and Vittoria on hand, answering your technical questions on how TPI relates to a tire’s puncture resistance, as well as its suppleness on the trail. Plus, we have a not entirely unrelated bonus question on safe tire-rim width combinations. Enjoy!

Your expert contributors are as follows: Ken Avery, SVP Product Development at Vittoria Industries North America

James Heaton and Clayton Wangbichler, Marketing and Public Relations at WTB

Aaron Chamberlain, MTB Marketing Manager at Maxxis

Robin Schaub, Design Engineer at ONZA Tires Is it true that a 120 TPI tire is easier to puncture than a 60 TPI tire, as the fibers are narrower? ONZA: For this question we have to dive a bit further into the definition of TPI and the respective connected casing material. Tire casings are made from […]

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