What is the correct inflation pressure for my tire?

It is impossible to make a general recommendation on inflation pressure for a specific bicycle or a particular tire. The “right” inflation pressure depends mainly on the load exerted on the tire. This weight is mainly influenced by the weight of the rider and any luggage. Contrary to a car, the vehicle weight is only a minor part of the total weight. In addition, there is a great diversity of individual preferences with regard to low rolling resistance or suspension comfort.

The permitted inflation pressure range is marked on the tire sidewall. The higher the inflation pressure, the lower the rolling resistance, the tire wear and the likelihood of a puncture. The lower the inflation pressure the higher are the comfort and grip that the tires provide.

The following list of inflation pressure recommendations can only provide a very general guide for three different rider weights. The more narrower the tire and the higher the overall load, the higher the necessary inflation pressure.

Tires with very small diameters (recumbent bike, folding bike) also require a higher pressure.

But the actual tire pressures should never be higher or lower than the maximum and minimum inflation pressures marked on the tire sidewall.


Tire width Body weight
ca. 60 kg ca. 85 kg ca. 110 kg
25 mm 6.0 Bar 7.0 Bar 8.0 Bar
28 mm 5.5 Bar 6.5 Bar 7.5 Bar
32 mm 4.5 Bar 5.5 Bar 6.5 Bar
37 mm 4.0 Bar 5.0 Bar 6.0 Bar
40 mm 3.5 Bar 4.5 Bar 6.0 Bar
47 mm 3.0 Bar 4.0 Bar 5.0 Bar
50 mm 2.5 Bar 4.0 Bar 5.0 Bar
55 mm 2.0 Bar 3.0 Bar 4.0 Bar
60 mm 2.0 Bar 3.0 Bar 4.0 Bar