Foam tire inserts have become more popular over the last year, with new systems introduced from Cush Core, Huck Norris, and Flat Tire Defender. After all this time we are still trying to figure out how to keep air in a bicycle tire! All tires and rims certainly have their advantages and disadvantages in terms of stability, impact resistance, durability, and strength. The Flat Tire Defender tire insert is designed to help protect the rim from sharp impacts and reduce harsh vibrations. In this review, we are going to check out how the Flat Tire Defender foam insert held up on one of the roughest tracks in the world, the Fort William world cup coarse.
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To learn more about the different offerings from FTD, check out the Flat Tire Defender product overview and see an installation video done by Aaron Gwin's mechanic.
Santa Cruz V10 with the Flat Tire Defender Installed
Riding the Flat Tire Defender in Fort William Scotland
Running the Flat Tire Defender foam insert is a great way to knock down some of the unwanted vibrations when riding. For me, the biggest difference when running the insert was its ability to protect the rim in direct square edge impacts. Keeping the rim from being damaged keeps air in the tire.
This may change soon, but right now I am only running the FTD in the rear wheel and might try the front wheel again to see how it feels on different tracks. Overall, the FTD seems like a big win.
Max Morgan is 25 years old, and lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Max grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started racing downhill at the age of 15. He has now been racing professionally for the last 7 years, competing in the U.S. Pro GRT series and UCI World Cup series. Check out Max's rider spotlight here!