Healthier. Lighter. More relaxed.
Balloon tires were already fashionable in the first half of the last century. They were conceived to cope with the worst bumps of the many bad roads. But they were heavy and slow to steer.
The basic idea from that period was also incorporated in the BIG APPLE, the first balloon tire that started the new trend in 2001. It, and other Schwalbe special wide tires, can do what the old balloon tires could not: They roll lightly and safely and are very easy to steer.
Balloon bikes are based on the pneumatic air suspension principle. The high volume air cushion of these special tires has a natural damping effect – no need for complicated suspension technology.
Balloon bikes can be ridden with lower air pressure.
The air pressure of balloon bikes is adjusted to suit individual requirements. The optimum pressure is between 2.0 and 2.5 bar, which is distinctly lower than that of normal touring tires.
Balloon bikers don't have to put up with bumpy rides.
Balloon bikers sit extremely comfortably, since the spinal column is subjected to 25 percent less jolts than in the case of a standard bike. This is the result of a comprehensive study conducted in collaboration with the German Sports University in Cologne.
Balloon bikers feel less resistance.
Balloon bike tires deform differently to narrower tires upon contact with the ground. Less energy is lost. The situation is quite different to what the majority of people think: Although balloon bike tires are wide, they roll more lightly than narrow standard tires.
Balloon bikers remain absolutely relaxed.
Balloon bikers feel fine when others become shaky, because vibrations and jolts on bumpy ground bring out the best in the pneumatic air suspension. In the test, vibration-related stress was more than a third lower than on a standard bike.
The balloon bike has twice as much gripping surface as a standard bike. Also, it barely "dances" out of the track when sudden braking or steering manoeuvres are necessary. The particularly wide 60 mm tires can’t even get stuck in a tramline.
More information at www.balloonbikes.com