CushCore, Inner -Tire Suspension System

Bikes & Cycling
Bend, Oregon, 97701

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  • 20780 NE High Desert Ln
    Bend, Oregon, 97701
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CushCore, Inner -Tire Suspension System

OWNER


Adam Krefting is a suspension engineer and founder of Kreft Moto, a national leader in KTM motorcycle suspension tuning.  The company is best known for its scientific approach to performance suspension modification, and its comprehensive re-engineering of WP suspension forks and shocks.  Kreft Moto products and services have been featured in national print media publications and used by professional riders.

Adam's experience in suspension eventually led him to investigate tires and tire inflation systems - an area with outstanding (and underutilized) potential for performance improvement.  After analyzing the shortcomings of existing tire systems, he began prototyping the product that would eventually become CushCore.

CushCore launched in the fall of 2016.  We currently occupy a 2,500 square foot facility in Bend, Oregon.

MARKETING & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Dan Hallada spent nearly two decades at Honda Powersports Research and Development.  He played a key role in developing a wide range of performance products for Honda.

A life-long two-wheel enthusiast, Dan decided to escape Los Angeles and join CushCore in beautiful Central Oregon.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from San Diego State University.  When not at work you will find him mountain biking, trail riding, or at the MX track.  He lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and 7-year-old son.


FAQ

 

Will I notice a difference after installing CushCore?

  • Absolutely.  The feeling of riding with CushCore is not a subtle difference from standard tubeless tires.  Even novice riders notice the differences right away.  It is a confidence-inspiring riding experience.  Need evidence?  Check our lab test dataand rider feedback.

Does CushCore work with "plus" sized rims and tires (2.8-3.0")?

  • CushCore will fit on plus-sized rims and tires, but the current design is not optimized for this application.  The lateral stability and sidewall damping benefits will be reduced.  Impact absorption, rim protection, and flat prevention benefits will remain intact. 

What wheel sizes will CushCore make next?

  • Our "short list" includes 27.5+, 26", and cyclocross products.

Is CushCore difficult to install?

  • No. Installing CushCore is very similar to installing standard tubeless tires.  However, there are a couple unique steps to the process so we highly recommend watching the Installation Video before you begin.

Is CushCore compatible with tubless tire sealant?

  • Yes.  We recommend Effetto Mariposa Cafelatex, Hutchinson Protect Air Max, or Stan's No Tubes tire sealant.

The installation instructions recommend injecting tire sealant with a syringe.  I don't have a sealant injector.  Can I still install CushCore?

  • Yes.  Instead of injecting the sealant after the tire is fully mounted, simply pour the sealant directly into the tire before installing the second bead.

What if I get a flat?

  • CushCore provides the highest level of protection against flat tires, but nevertheless a flat tire is still possible.  While CushCore is not intended to be a run-flat tire, it is possible to "limp home" short distances with significantly reduced risk of rim damage.  Otherwise, we recommend using the same approach riders use with standard tubeless.  Carry a lightweight inner tube with a long (48mm) valve stem as a backup.  You may either (1) install the tube circumferential around the CushCore and force the air valve directly through the insert and rim valve hole, or (2) remove the CushCore and replace it with the inner tube.

What tires should I use with CushCore?

  • Tire choice is a personal preference, and the best choice for you depends on several variables.  In general, CushCore makes it possible to run lighter, faster-rolling tires without sacrificing lateral stability, impact absorption capacity, or flat resistance.  For that reason we suggest trying a tire in a lighter weight class than you normally use - for example, a 750 gram tire instead of an 950 gram tire.  If you are already using a lightweight tire, try reducing tire pressure as described below.

What tire pressure should I use with CushCore?

  • Many riders find their preferred pressure with CushCore to be about 5 psi less than their normal tire pressure with standard tubeless. We encourage you experiment to find your own preferred setting.  Start at your normal tire pressure and begin dropping in 2 psi increments until you find the pressure that feels best.

How long will it last?

  • CushCore inserts are extremely durable.  Our foam is engineered to withstand repeated pounding and flexing without degradation.  It does not absorb liquid and is not affected by tire sealant.  Service life will depend on your riding frequency, terrain, etc.