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    Biggest tire with the least resistance?

    What is the biggest tire with the least rolling resistance? Husker Du? Vee 8? I'm intrigued by the new Vee Bulldozer and H-Billie but it sounds like it might be a while before reviews start rolling in.

    The reason I ask is because I'd like to do the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to DC on my Fatboy once it arrives. I don't know how the stock Ground Controls perform on harder surfaces but I'm guessing they aren't great.

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    The biggest tire with the least rolling resistance would be a Big Fat Larry. A bud might be about the same as well but if traction is not needed the extra weight might not be appreciated. The GC's are ok for rolling resistance but not nearly as good as a bfl.

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    Agreed with bdundee. Bonus: when you wear them out after many miles, they become a "free" Big Fat Black Floyd which doesn't otherwise exist.
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    Bud rolls pretty well. Not much in it between that and a BFL.

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    I would throw Knards on there front and rear. After the trip a Knard on the back and Ground Control up front would be a good combo for dirt. You don't really need the widest tires you can find for the GAP trail. Black Floyds would work the best if you had a use for them afterwards.

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    +1 on the Bud. I run them front and rear on 100mm rims on my Ventana. They roll quite fast. Great for traction on singletrack as well.

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    For that ride I think you want the narrowest tire with the least rolling resistance. I think the 26x3.0 Knard would be perfect. People ride that on 25mm road tires!

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