Who Else Wants to Know Why Are Tires So Expensive?

Why Are Tires Outrageously Expensive?

Does the price of my mountain bike affect the price of my tires? Why are tires so expensive? How often do I need to buy tires? Do less expensive tires exist and where can I find them?

Tires are expensive no matter what you’re buying them for. I just bought four new tires for my car, which cost way too much. I started thinking about replacing the tires on my bike, and while there are only two tires to replace, it’s quite a bit of money to fork out.


The reality of it is that tires can be expensive and there are reasons why, things you need to know about tires, and if you can find them cheaper. It’s a rough place for bike riders, because having to replace your tires can cost a fortune, but does it have to?

I’ll be going in depth to each of these questions and helping you to understand what makes a tire cost what it does and why tires for mountain bikes are so expensive. Maybe I can even help you find ways to prolong your tires to help save you some green.

Let’s Break It Down

The important part of all this to understand is that whatever you put into your bike will be your return. So if you take good care of your bike and aren’t too hard on it, it’ll last you a while without too much repair. However, if you are very rough and don’t maintain your bike properly, you will spend more on repairs.

Mountain Bike Pricing Vs Tire Pricing

Yes and no. This is a bit of a trickier question to answer, but I’ll do it. When you purchase your mountain bike, the manufacturer will recommend that you only buy tires that are made specifically for your bike. This can cost you anywhere from $30 to the upwards of $200.


If you look at the tires on your bike and get the correct wheel size, you can actually spend less. You just need to make sure that your wheel size will fit on your bike and you can save a lot of money.

What Makes Tires Expensive?

Tires are made up of a lot of different materials, so you have the carcass, the bead core, and the rubber tread at the least. Some tires have more depending on size, width, and construction. Folding tires are generally more expensive than regular tires.

The labor that goes into making a tire, the material, and the brand all play a part in the pricing of a tire. Some tires will be cheaper, and they tend to have the three layers. However, some tires will be expensive due to the material used in making the tire and the brand of the tire being made.

My Tires Lifespan

Tires can actually be changed once every ten years if properly maintained. Crazy, I know, but it’s true if you keep your tires properly inflated, maintain the tread clean and make sure the pressure in your tires is correct.


If your tires aren’t worn out from your average rides and adventures, they will need to be replaced every ten years or so due to the damage over time caused by the sun, wear, and ozone exposure. However, it’s possible that the insides of the tire will crack and need replacing before you’ll wear your tires out.

Cheaper Tires Exist?!

It’s true, and I’m glad I get to tell you! You can actually buy cheaper tires as long as you know your wheel size and they are compatible with your bike. You can search marketplaces to find cheaper tires for your bike than the ones made specifically for your bike.


This also allows you to choose what kind of tires you want for your bike, and with cheaper options you know have the luxury to browse your choices. Make sure the tread and wheel design is what you want before ordering. Even though they’re cheaper, you don’t want to regret your purchase!

Wrapping It Up

It’s always great to learn new information that can help you to manage your time, money, and your bike better. When having to buy tires, make sure to know your wheel size and the model of your bike, so you don’t make any mistakes in your purchasing.

You also will want to keep up with the maintenance of your bike so your tires last longer and you can get more out of your bike than having to repair it often and not being able to enjoy it like you should.

I think it’s important to know your options and about what you are buying, so now you know what the basics of making a tire are and where to buy tires for your bike. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know, and I’ll address those for you.


Hi my name is Dale Obrien. I started Mountain biking 8 years ago. I also worked as a manager in a local mountain bike shop for 5 years. I love helping beginners getting their first mountain bike. Welcome to our blog. Enjoy!

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