Tannus Tyres....not bad at all!

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Bill, 10 Jan 2018.

  1. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Hello, I took delivery of my Brompton 3 months ago and have adapted it to suit me. I had a red Tannus tyre fitted on the rear wheel and find no problem with it. I note people on here talk about tyre drag....whatever that is? Does this refer to the tyre being solid? On the front I have a Marathon Plus. This is pumped to around 80 pounds. At this pressure there is no difference of hardness or 'drag' as people put it, between the tyres! also I notice the Marathon Plus is a bit dicey on drain edges just like the Tannus, so that shoots that argument in the foot....Maybe people just do what people do when something different comes on the market. I am considering having a Tannus on the rear tyre of my Dahon Vitesse to boot!
     
  2. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I didn't like them much on my brother's road bike. They're OK until you really lean into a turn and then the cornering behaviour seems very different. This might be less noticeable on a Brompton unless it's ridden like it's raced.

    As you note, they're as draggy as M+. I don't think I ride M+ any more and I won't be riding Tannus any time soon. I've regular Marathon on one wheel and softer tyres on the rest - mostly Delta Cruiser, some Kwest, possibly a Vredestein All Tour.

    That said, Tannus tyres are about a thousand times better than whatever solid tyres are on ofo hire bikes.
     
  3. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    My experience was different.

    ‘Drag’ in this context refers to the fact that riding on Tannus tyres is like riding through sand on normal tyres - you need to put more effort in to get the same output.

    Have you ridden the Brompton on standard tyres to compare?
     
  4. OP
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    Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Simon. F, Thanks for reply, well no, I picked up the bike and rode it. The tyres were on the bike and off I went. The bike ride feels just riding my Dahon which has Dutch Perfect tyres on. The ride feels normal as far as I know. How can they not?? I think there is a lot of nonsense about cycling. I just sit on my two bikes and ride...slowly along and not analyse every part of the ride.
     
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  5. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Horrible things. Feel like you're riding on cabbages, and inspire zero confidence when cornering. Nothing like M+.
     
  6. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
    I draw all you oldies and womenfolk to item 6.

    It may be relating to installing the tyres, but it may just be an aside...
     

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  7. OP
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    Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Thanks Gaijintendo....(weird non-de-plume), for that, the jpeg you sent was written in odd English but it covers things from the makers view. When I ride I just enjoy it, I don't quibble about small unimportant things. Having no chance of the 'flat tyre feeling' on the back is great but if other people need to feel different, well...that's up to them....
     
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  8. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
    Yeah, I'm quite interested. If any naysayers have a tyre lying around and want to pass it on, I'd be a happy recipient.
     
  9. ryanme

    ryanme Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Tannus tyres are generally found to be horrendous by anyone who has experience, "people on here talk about tyre drag....whatever that is? " without offence, sounds like maybe you do not have all that much experience?

    Tannus tyres offer very little grip, they have a fair amount of drag - feels like riding through gravy, are an absolute pain for fitting / removal, do not offer any benefit over pneumatic tyre set up - tubeless sealant in the tubes and punctures are banished! Go round a corner fast, if you make it round id be surprised, the ride feel is terrible compared to a Kojak!
     
  10. OP
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    Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Hello D.T., EEErrrrreee, my tyre is bright RED, I wonder what that colour does to me? 'Ryanme'....Above (you work for St. John St cycles?) I am afraid I have been a life long cyclist and have no desire to go around a corner fast ..as I don't know what's there waiting for me.
     
  11. ryanme

    ryanme Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, after nearly 10 years in the industry I am just going by experience!
     
  12. ryanme

    ryanme Member

    Location:
    Somerset

    I do work at SJS yes, - I question that you are unsure what drag is in relation to tyres..
     
  13. ryanme

    ryanme Member

    Location:
    Somerset

    I do agree, marathon+ are gods gift for many, but i find they offer poor ride feel, I experience no more punctures with Kojaks and they are an absolute b******* at times to fit!
     
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  14. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
    This thread started about going from M+ to Tannus. If I did exactly that, I'd save about 1.1kg (no tubes, tyres, levers, repair kit, pump, rim tape).
    Given the feel of an M+, I imagine that would give my bike a spirited feel, rather than a porridgy one. But until one of you Tannus haters gives me their discarded set, I'll have no opinion :laugh:
     
  15. ryanme

    ryanme Member

    Location:
    Somerset

    The weight saving is okay, but you will more than certainly make the bike feel more porridgy! - compare to a kojak to experience the difference in ride feel! plus a consideration weight saving!
     
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