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    Best Fatbike Touring Tires?

    Hey all,

    I built up a Pugsley for longer trips. Sweet!

    I'm wondering- what do you all think is the tire most suited to long distances of mixed dirt/snow/pavement/gravel touring?

    I currently have Husker Du's, and I think that's the best option, but I am looking for confirmation and/or better options.

    Final question: Is the Pugsley high-trail or low-trail? If I only use one rack, should it be in the front or back?
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    I don't have any specific Pugsley experience but I do have a Long Haul Trucker with front and rear racks.

    If I had to choose front vs rear rack I'd choose the rear rack as long as you have ample clearance for your feet and here's why:
    -Loading up the front slows down the steering (which can be nice on really fast road downhills but otherwise I'm not a fan).
    -Bags on the front catch crosswinds and can make for sketchy situations.
    -You can load more weight on a rear-rack and have more options on how to load it.

    When I don't need to fully load my LHT I always use the rear rack.

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    Surly Knards are pretty well regarded as a 29+ dirt touring tire. Some reading material below:

    Surly Knard Review, Velocity Blunt 35 Touring Wheel -

    I imagine they'd do pretty good as 26x3.8 as well but I have no first hand experience.

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    I run a Husker Du up front with a Knard on the back on Marge Lites and really like the combo. The Knard has a little less rolling resistance and what I think is correct amount of less cornering grip to work well with the Husker Du up front.

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    I was looking at the V rubber speedsters. File tread 26x 3" More for pave and just dirt road though.

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    Knard or Barbegazi.
    If it was me I wouldn't look beyond those 2, but I have no time on the Husker Du.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    I was looking at the V rubber speedsters. File tread 26x 3" More for pave and just dirt road though.
    ^^^^ Even if you are off highway and unless in steep sand, snow, or mud holes, a slick is fine for 99% of single track/gravel. I hate the whine of useless knobs.

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    If you can find a set of Endomorphs use those...

    They are a nice tire for a mixed surface ride, roll pretty well on pavement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    I was looking at the V rubber speedsters. File tread 26x 3" More for pave and just dirt road though.
    I run these on my Mukluk in the summer. They roll very nice on pavement. I sometimes throw on the panniers and make grocery runs with this set up and have a blast doing it. Good luck.

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    VR vee 8's are pretty good for that too, as long as you don't encounter much mud.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Your Husker Du tires will be great.

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