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Old 05-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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I am interested in purchasing the IRC tires and or the MFG "enhanced traction" type, but have a few questions.
My tires are originals, and though I'm disabled I do enjoy the challenge of riding the dirt and sandy trails up in the foothills near my home. My old tires are slipping if I'm not extremely careful. What can I expect from a new set of better tires?

1. How do they do indoors on smooth clean floors as regards squeaks and leaving marks? I often use my machine in malls and stores and even art museums.

2. I watched the video on Youtube for installing them, but suspect I don't have the dexterity or strength to complete the change to my own rims. Local bicycle and auto shops won't even try to change a Segway tire. (friend attempted) Suggestions where to buy or swap a set with my old ones?

3. Do they require a tube on ALL machines?

4. Can they be slimed? We have goat head spiky plants here that puncture everything in site but the green slime prevents this.

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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I am interested in purchasing the IRC tires and or the MFG "enhanced traction" type, but have a few questions.
My tires are originals, and though I'm disabled I do enjoy the challenge of riding the dirt and sandy trails up in the foothills near my home. My old tires are slipping if I'm not extremely careful. What can I expect from a new set of better tires?

1. How do they do indoors on smooth clean floors as regards squeaks and leaving marks? I often use my machine in malls and stores and even art museums.

2. I watched the video on Youtube for installing them, but suspect I don't have the dexterity or strength to complete the change to my own rims. Local bicycle and auto shops won't even try to change a Segway tire. (friend attempted) Suggestions where to buy or swap a set with my old ones?

3. Do they require a tube on ALL machines?

4. Can they be slimed? We have goat head spiky plants here that puncture everything in site but the green slime prevents this.

Jim
I can address the first question: My IRC tires squeak less than my original tires. Grip is fantastic. My local store is all linoleum and not a single mark. I do notice that they will leave tracks, more than the originals, when wet. They will grab area rugs and entry rugs if a turn is made.

I have tubes in my tire, no slime. The rubber seems "harder" and I worry less about punctures, although we do not have the evil goat's head stickers here (does small blessing after remembering barefoot in a patch of those @#%!ers).

I have noticed range is decreased due to higher rolling resistance. I run them at 22PSI which seems to help and still gives a decent ride.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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Good grip, no squeak, check and check,, your perspective is most appreciated, and enough for me to have just placed an order for some IRC's on i180 rims. I understand the wheels are interchangeable on the first generations?.

Can't wait!

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Old 05-19-2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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i put 21x7x10 tyres without tube.
maxxis razr2 is also extreme tyre, extra grip and nice look.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #5
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Received the IRC tires mounted on 180 rims. I've taken my 167 up some pretty steep trails in the past but did also find it's traction limits too.

I could feel the difference of grip and comfort immediately. This is a very significant upgrade which provides increased comfort, safety, and all around enjoyment to new levels.

Very very pleased indeed!! :-)
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Thanks for the quick review Jimbo, I have been thinking about doing this too. You said the comfort was increased, by that do you mean the ride is softer or more forgiving? Or is it just due to increased confidence about the traction?

I tend to ride my seg all over the ranch and still take it in town fairly often so just increasing the traction without going all the way to the bigger XT type tires will be a good move for me too I think.

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My pleasure Van,
Though, it would be true the increased traction definitely allows a greatly improved sense of "I can handle this environment more safely", it is also a softer, more yielding ride. The sidewalks near me have cracks and height drops which previously felt jarring despite my knees slightly bent "shock absorber posture", and now it is like there is a high quality comfort mat under my feet, shielding me as I ride. I do want to state that I have not confirmed what the shipped tire pressure actually is from the dealer, which could be attributed, but from the first glide I could feel it was positively different than the stock tire by a wide margin.

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Thanks Jim, That is exactly what I was hoping for. I guess I will move these up on my list of priorities

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And when you do, let us know please!

BTW I had a Roadtrek too. Lots o fun

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I will do that Jim, maybe even with pictures Of course I still haven't taken any of the i2 lower cargo frames I put on a while back(they look great on the i167). I don't seem to be very quick with my camera these days but I will try and get after it.

Very cool about the RT, they are such great rigs made even better with a Segway hanging on the back!

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