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April 22, 2023 5 min read

Find the Best Tires for Your Electric Scooter: Pneumatic vs Solid Tires

Electric scooters are increasingly used for daily commutes. Like any other vehicle, they require proper maintenance and the tires are one of the most important parts. Selecting the best electric scooter tires can significantly enhance the performance and safety. This article will explore the two common types of electric scooter tires and assist you in choosing the best one that suits your requirements.

The Two Types of Electric Scooter Tires

Pneumatic (Air-Filled) Tires

Pneumatic tires are the most common type that you’ll find on electric scooters. They are filled with air and have a flexible rubber outer layer that provides a comfortable ride. They come with an inner tube or they can also be tubeless. Some electric scooters come equipped with pre-sealed tubeless tires.

Type of Pneumatic Tire




Inner Tube

Inner tube tires have a separate rubber tube inside the tire casing, which can be removed and replaced if punctured.

  • Good shock absorption and smoother ride
  • Easy to replace the tube if punctured
  • Prone to pinch flats 
  • Require regular maintenance


Tubeless tires have a sealed bead around the rim of the tire that creates an airtight seal, eliminating the need for an inner tube.

  • Less prone to punctures
  • Require less maintenance
  • Lighter than tires with inner tubes
  • Can be difficult to replace without special tools
  • Are more expensive than tubed tires

Pre-sealed Tubeless

Pre-sealed tubeless tires have a special sealant inside the tire that automatically seals any punctures or leaks as they occur. 

  • Very low maintenance
  • Excellent puncture protection
  • Most expensive tire type
  • May not be readily available in all markets

Solid Tires

Solid tires are a type of tire used for electric scooters that are made from a single piece of rubber without the need of air.


  • Puncture-proof
  • Require less maintenance (less prone to wear and tear)


  • Heavier weight
  • Less grip and shock absorption on rough surfaces
  • More difficult to replace without special tools

To sum up, deciding between solid and pneumatic tires for electric scooters should ultimately be made based on the riding factors, usage frequency, and personal preferences. 

Solid tires are low maintenance and resistant to punctures, whereas pneumatic tires offer better shock absorption and traction. Pneumatic tires are best for riders who desire a smooth, comfortable ride, while solid tires are better for riders who value convenience and tire lifespan. 

It is important to consider these factors carefully to make a wise decision that ensures a safe and enjoyable ride. 

EMOVE Touring with 8" front air-filled tire and 8" solid rear tire

Fun fact: It is possible to have a combination of both pneumatic and solid tires so you don’t have to deal with as many flats, just like the EMOVE Touring

Tire Categories for Different Purposes

Street Tires

3" Wide Street Tire for Electric Scooters

If you own an electric scooter, chances are it has street tires on it since they're the most commonly used tire type. Street tires provide a good combination of grip, speed, and durability and are ideal for riding on smooth surfaces like concrete or asphalt. Overall, these tires will do the trick whether you ride your scooter for daily commuting or just for fun.


  • Excellent grip on smooth surfaces
  • Durable and long-lasting as compared to other tire types
  • Suitable for long-range and recreational riding
  • Lightweight with lower rolling resistance for better battery life


  • Not suitable for off-road, uneven inclines, or rough terrain
  • Not ideal for wet conditions
  • Limited traction on slippery surfaces

Off-Road Tires

11" Street/Off-Road Tubeless Tire for Electric Scooters

Off-road tires have deeper treads and wider profiles that provide extra grip and stability on uneven surfaces, such as dirt, grass or gravel. They're known for better shock absorption, are made up of more durable materials, and are ideal for outdoor exploration and adventure rides. However, they can reduce the range that you get out of your electric scooter on flat terrain due to the extra tread, leading to greater rolling resistance and reduced efficiency.


  • Improved grip and stability on rough terrain
  • Better shock absorption due to deeper treads
  • Longer lifespan due to durable materials
  • Ideal for outdoor exploration and adventure rides


  • Increased rolling resistance and decreased efficiency on smooth surfaces
  • Reduced maneuverability in tight spaces due to wider profiles
  • Requires more maintenance to clean the deep treads from dirt and debris

Hybrid Tires

3'' Wide Hybrid Tire for Electric Scooters

Hybrid tires are a mix of street and off-road tires. They are designed to provide good performance on both smooth and rough surfaces. Hybrid tires have shallower treads than off-road tires but deeper than the profile of street tires. They are suitable for riders who want to ride on smooth surfaces and also rough terrains occasionally.


  • Provide a good grip and stability on both smooth and rough surfaces
  • Suitable for both on- and off-road riding
  • Offer decent grip and stability
  • They are more durable than street tires in general


  • May not perform as well as street tires on smooth surfaces
  • Offer less grip on rough terrains than off-road tires
  • May have lower speed on flat surfaces than street tires

Racing Slicks

11" Racing Slick Tire for Electric Scooters

Racing slicks are made for riding at high speeds on flat terrain like racetracks or closed roads. To maximize grip and speed, they have a smooth profile without any treads. Riders who want to push their electric scooter to the maximum should pick the racing slicks.

E-Fire 10" X 3.0 PMT Tires for Electric Scooters100/55 R6.5" B Stradale PMT Tires for Electric Scooters

Here we have another electric scooter tire meant for racing, known as PMT tires. They have superior grip and durability, making them a popular choice for electric scooter riders who demand high-performance tires. PMT tires are designed to handle high speeds and offer optimal control and stability in sharp turns and corners. They are great for those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of racing! 


  • Maximum grip and speed on dry and smooth surfaces
  • Suitable for high-speed riding
  • Great cornering and maneuverability


  • Can be extremely dangerous in wet or slippery conditions
  • Not suitable for off-road riding on uneven surfaces
  • May require more frequent replacement due to the softer compound 

Snow Tires

10" Studded Snow Tires for Electric Scooters

Snow tires for electric scooters are covered in metal studs that boosts grip and traction on snowy or icy surfaces. Snow or studded tires are also exceptional for tearing through uneven terrain, making them suitable for some off-road adventures. If you’ll be riding on pavement and don’t need extra traction, you should opt for a different tire style as you’ll wear out the studs. 


  • Excellent grip and traction on snowy or icy surfaces
  • Better stability on slippery roads
  • Suitable for winter riding


  • Less effective on smooth surfaces
  • Not recommended for high-speed riding


Choosing the right electric scooter tires depends on your needs and preferences. Think about where and how you will ride and pick tires with good grip and traction. Regular maintenance of your tires is important for their performance and longevity. Keep them properly inflated, check them regularly, and replace them when needed. With the right tire choice and taking good care of them can make your rides safer and more enjoyable, and keep your scooter working well for a long time.

We hope that this guide helps you pick the ideal tires to maximize your electric scooter’s performance. At VoroMotors, we have tires available here whether you wish to pick a set for a specific need or if you need a replacement tire. As always, have a safe ride!

Kayla Ang
Kayla Ang

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