(As far I could figure out, this BMX tyre is(was) used mostly for trikes, recumbents and trailers.)
Three months after the first attempt to order this tyre in Austria (via Germany),
after several mails and phone calls I had to accept that’s not possible for the Maxxis general distributor “Funbike” to order it because of the minimum order limit of 50 pieces (!?).
I want to state here that the guys of funbike.at are really nice and give their best to be helpful, also the Maxxis Support Team, many thanks to both!
I would like to know, please:
- Does anybody have actual experience riding Hookworms 16" x 1,95 ?
- Does somebody know where to order Hookworms 16" x 1,95 (preferred EU)?
it seems indeed that 16" Hookworm tires can not be found in Europe.
Why would you choose this tire: for its robustness or because of its high filling pressure?
If you are looking for performance,then a Schwalbe Marathon Racer will probably be faster (even with a max. pressure of 6 bar) because it has a thinner structure. It is also much lighter (290 g vs. 540 g) so it will accelerate better.
Of course if have a very agressive ride style and jump over the sidewalks, then the Maxxis will be more appropriate, but will the rest of the bike stand it as well
Being not a wild one like you, the idea was inverted:
Good enough for BMX, these tyres might not be bad for City I thought…
Due to 1,95 there is a sensible change of the gear ratio (maybe a training for 18").
I’ve tested Schwalbe City Jet (same size), but the max. pressure of 4,5 bar is too low.
My favourite tyres are the 18" Kojaks, never before I’ve ridden high pressure tyres - a really great feeling.
The bug of the Kojak is it’s behaviour at fine sand, leaves or anything wet enough - causing frequently real feeling!
yes, it’s a funny ride with good grip, even on grass or (fine) gravel paths.
Not tested in wet conditions by now…
And of course are Hookworms not comfortable, I mean high pressure tires have to be inflated to their maximum
The diameter will be a few mm’s below the 41 cm mark, here compared to 18 x 1,35" tire size:
If you are searching for comfort, you might also consider the Schwalbe Big Apple in 16 x 2,00" (ETRTO 50 - 305) http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/3546
Btw, the Big Apple does have a reflective sidewall, the Hookworm not.
As mentioned already at the forum (examples below), you might have to solve two known problems;
the magnet (mount) has to be modified for proper function,
and there are sometimes tire mounting issues.
(Short explanation, out of experience: Original Strida 16" rims do not really good fit to extremely wide tires. Therefore it is occasionally difficult to get the tire in the correct position all around of the rim’s bead, even with a perfect trued rim would such a tire run out-of-round.
If that happens, look for an air compressor and this: http://www.schwalbetires.com/accessories/helpful_tools/mounting_fluid )
Actually I was the guest asking the diameter.
I am trying to make my 5.0 faster but don’t want to buy the 18" wheelset because I want the comfort of the fatter 16" tires.
Out of curiousity, what is the diameter difference with the 18" Marathon Plus?
Any idea what the diameter of the 16" Big Apple tire is?
Bigger or smaller than the Hookworms?
I want to find the largest diameter 16" tire that fits my 5.0 frame.
I am even willing to remove my fenders.
Great info, thanks.
I see Hookworms for sale on Ebay.
Thanks again Blackstridaaustria, you are a god on this forum.
If the Big Apple is the same diameter as the Hookworm, I will try them since they are lighter and more comfortable.
I have the metal spoked wheelset so I should not have a problem with tire inflation and extending the magnet system is easy for me to do.
So I will try to do the math to figure out the speed differences with this calculator. recumbents.com/wisil/gearinches.asp
If you plug in the gear inches, 100t chainring, and 30t drive hub; these speeds come up at 90rpm cadence.
16x1.5" Kenda Kwest (stock)
15.25" diameter (measured on my new bike)
15.25" x 100 /30= 50.3 gear inches
13.6 mph @ 90 rpm
16x2" Big Apple
16.02" × 100 ÷ 30 = 53.4 gear inches
14.3 mph @ 90 rpm
Hi, just stumbled up on this post. I didn’t read it thoroughly. just an idea came to my mind when I saw this. Bigger tires have less rolling resistance (smaller tires has less time to undo the deformation of the rubber and get back to circular shape at the same speed). Riding comfort and safety are also things to consider. On otherhand bigger mean heavier and a bit more space.
There is also a third problem, next to weight and space.
We found out later that hookworms do not match to the original rims, it is impossible to mount them on these.
The only tyres which do fit are the Schwalbe Big Apples - even mudguards can be used.
For extremely wide tyres there are other rims and more tricks required