Our Levy electric scooters come with the option of both tubeless and standard tires that contain inner tubes. There are tradeoffs to each of them, and we don't recommend one over the other, but rather leave it up to your personal preference.
The most common set up found on electric scooters and bicycles, they use an inner tube to inflate pressure inside the tire. The most common issue with inner tubed tires is in dealing with flats, as it will require you to remove the wheel / tire and replace the inner tube (or patch it) in order to resolve the issue of a punctured tube.
The benefit here, however, is that you don't need to replace the whole tire in addition to the tube, as long as the puncture point is relatively small and not a large gash. Just replacing the inner tube (which is cheaper) will suffice. You also can inflate inner tubes with a standard bicycle pump, as it doesn't require the high pressure needed to properly install a tubeless tire.
Tubeless tires provide the same pneumatic shock absorption as tubed tires, with the added benefit that they can be easier to maintain (provided you have the right tools).
When a tubeless tire develops a puncture, which will inevitably happen over a long enough time horizon owning an electric scooter, it can usually be repaired without having to remove the wheel or tire.
Since tubeless tires don't use inner tubes, and instead rely on a vacuum tight air seal around the rim of the wheel, you can often repair the tire puncture by using tire slime or other tire sealants to stop the leak. However, using tire sealant requires the valve of the tire to be removed, thus fully deflating the tire and unseating it from the rim.
To re-inflate the tire and properly set the bead of the tire around the rim, you will need a high pressure air compressor, usually only found in bike shops. A pressure of at least 120 PSI is needed to inflate these - as outlined in our install video here.
Converting Tubeless tires to Tubed Tires
If you have a scooter with tubeless tires and want to convert it to use inner tubes, it is possible. We have inner tubes available on our website that can be purchased and installed on a wheel that is currently using a tubeless tire. To install the tube, you'll have to remove the tire from the rim, place the inner tube around the wheel, and re-seat the tire onto the rim.
Converting the pneumatic tires to Solid Tires
We will be releasing a solid tire for the Levy 8.5" wheels in early June. These can be retrofitted on existing wheels that are currently using the tubeless or tubed tires. The benefit of solid rubber tires is that they are essentially maintenance free. However, the downside is that the riding comfort on the scooter will be significantly decreased without the shock absorption of tubed tires. Additionally, solid rubber tires generally do not handle as well on wet roads, one of the main reasons we don't include them pre-installed on any of our scooters.