WHAT KIND OF BALLOONBIKES ARE THERE?
Many bicycle companies have Balloonbikes fitted with BIG APPLE tires and other special tires from our model range. Here is an overview.
WHERE CAN I BUY A BALLOONBIKE?
In theory in any bicycle store. However Balloonbikes are not common everywhere. Contact the Balloonbike maker to find out which dealer stocks your preferred model.
ARE BALLOONBIKES SAFE?
They are particularly safe: Because Balloonbikes have almost twice the footprint on the road as normal bikes. The rapid suspension response means the bicycle tire stays in contact with the road surface much longer. Together these act to provide more road grip and more stability in steering and under braking. A further advantage: Balloonbikes with 60 mm wide tires cannot get stuck in tramlines.
DOES A BALLOONBIKE HAVE FULL-SUSPENSION?
A suspension fork or a suspension seat-post damps only that particular part of the bicycle. Tire suspension in Balloonbikes damps the entire mass – rider, bicycle and luggage.
CAN BALLOONBIKE SUSPENSION BE TURNED OFF?
Yes, easily by inflating the tire hard. Depending upon the weight of the rider and luggage the air pressure can be varied. The most comfortable range at normal loading is between 2.0 and 2.5 bar.
HOW HIGH ARE BALLOONBIKE MAINTENANCE COSTS?
There are no special maintenance costs involved in air suspension – contrary to mechanical parts or full-suspension bikes that are not only expensive to purchase, but also to check and maintain in order to function properly. You only have to check tire pressures, this should be done at least once a month.
ARE BALLOONBIKE AND OTHER SUSPENSION SYSTEMS COMPATIBLE?
Fundamentally a Balloonbike can also be equipped with other suspension systems. Using good quality, conventional suspension can enhance suspension comfort, because certain absorption effects complement each other well.
DO WIDE TIRES HAVE ONLY ADVANTAGES?
Of course not. Racing bikes use quite narrow tires, because they are lighter and accelerate faster. But at normal speeds of up to 20 kph wide tires roll easier and are above all more comfortable.
ARE THERE MANY TYPES OF BALLOONBIKE TIRES?
Balloonbikes can be equipped with BIG APPLE tires or other special tires from SCHWALBE. The Balloonbike trend began in 2001 with the BIG APPLE. BIG APPLE is available in three widths (50, 55 und 60 mm) and in all popular sizes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BALLOONBIKES WITH 50 AND 60 MM WIDE TIRES?
60 mm wide tires provide maximum Balloonbike comfort. But also the lighter weight 50 mm wide tires had double the air volume of a standard 37 mm tire. The 50 mm wide tyre is a good choice for anyone who wants a sporty yet comfortable ride. Between these two sizes there is also a popular 55 mm width.
CAN ANY BICYCLE BE CONVERTED INTO A BALLOONBIKE?
Yes, almost. There are though some technical requirements. Rims are rarely a problem, but frames, forks, mudguards and brakes must have sufficient clearance for the wide tires.
‚Balloonbike’ is a registered brand of SCHWALBE.