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BILLY BONKERS … now I ask ya … where do they come up with these names? Schwalbe manufactures a lot of different tires. Have you ever taken a look at the list of tires they offer? And the names … just reading thru the list is good for a laugh or two. Billy Bonkers is made for mainly off road use. I like the tread pattern.

I would like to try these but I thought there is one major problem. At first I thought they only come in one size … 26 by 2.00, but I have since found them in 20 by 2.00. I wonder how they would do in snow.  If you give Billy Bonkers a try I would love to have you leave a comment telling us what you think of this tire.

Tire manufacturing has become quite a science over the last several years. It is nothing at all like it was when I was growing up as a kid.. With several different rubber compounds formulated for specific purposes and built in flat protection which really works for most of us I am sold on what is available nowadays.

Reading thru what this tire is designed for I have to admit it is not a tire that would benefit most of us on our trikes. Their description includes increased air time (the cycle remaining up in the air off of the ground). I don’t really think that is something I have any desire to improve upon. I kind of like staying down on the ground as much as possible. Anyway, if any of you try this tire please let us know what you think. Thanks.



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Author: Steve Newbauer

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  1. I have this tyre on a project upright delta trike. 24inch upfront (a nightmare to source (8 months, and no sooner anywhere in the country (U.K.)) and 20 inch on the rear.

    The trike hasn’t been finished yet so I can’t say how good or bad they are; I really bought them for the tyre volume (which is about the max the rear mudguards will allow) and the colour scheme (tan walls).

    Compared to my usual Marathon Plus tryes they feel worringly thin and flimsy. So zero puncture protection worthy of the name. I just called them thin and flimsy but I guess others who like that sorta thing will say they are nice and supple.

    To address the issue of poor puncture protection I fitted Tannus Inserts inside the tyres. A great product but require that you buy inner tubes one size smaller than normal. Also, to be quite frank, for a tenth of the price you can acheive a similar puncture protection result by fitting central heating pipe foam insulation (as I have done on my child’s bike).

    I hope my comments have helped a little bit?



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