I purchased a Necro Pugs 2012 model in June of 2012. It came with undrilled RDs, Endo rear & reg Larry front. After a few initial rides on dirt, sand, and pavement trails, I decided that the Larry wasn't working for me as a front tire due to my light weight and small stature. I would have to have Larrry virtually flat to utilize the tread width and doing that meant huge self steer issues! So I sold the Larry and bought a takeoff Endo from an ebay seller.
Had great success with Endo both F&R. Did everything I asked it to do and did it quite well. The square profile tire design allowed me to use all 3.7" of tread but still have a decent psi in the tire in order to not pedal flat feeling tires(to me, mind you, since I run 5psi or so on pavement).
Snow came and still, endo was the word. When I bought my pugs, the shop guys talked me out of BFLs & a Moonie. Said I was too small and light to notice anything float wise except how dang hard the excess friction and inertia would be to pedal. They said I would hate it, probably never ride it, and ruin the fatbike experience completely.
Hey, these guys are supposed to be salesmen??!!!
Anywho....the guy taking my order mentioned that I could still run BFLs on the Necro if I wanted. That stuck with me.....
So this winter, I kept an eye out for a used pair. I found a set of BFL on ebay(godlikedog...thank you!!) and made the sale. They came on Thursday and I just rode the trails today. My first impressions on mud:
YEEEEHAAAAAWWW! Conditions that weren't walkable were rideable! The float and footprint was incredible. You would think the extra 1" of float wouldn't matter so much but it really did. I rode 8 miles of muddy freshly rained on and previously 6" of snow melt trail without a hitch. All gears usable, no rub. Plenty of clearance. I can see where you really need that extra frame clearance for mud/snow/ice. There is plenty with the BFL/RD combo both F&R, I had though maybe I could get away with a Bud/Lou combo and shave some side nobs next year but after the mudfest of today, I can see where buildup on a close clearance tire could really be a bummer. As it was, I never had to stop and clear anything out but my clearance at the end of my ride while sitting on my bike and pedaling, it sure looked like I had the Bud & Lou combo going!
I did notice that on cambers with mud, you are sliding much easier than with my Endos. The lack of side nobs really make a difference on camber situations. You definately learn to pick a different line than I had with my Endos before. But other than that, I was rolling over everything like a monster truck. Smiling from ear to ear.
I get home and my hubby was like "I don't even have to ask you how it was, I can tell you had fun just by your smile and your muddy clothes!"
I said "Yeah, you should see the bike!!"
Yuppers, fat bikes rock.
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