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    Fat bike tires last longer? Why so expensive?

    Been pricing up fat bike tires and noticed many tires cost 100 each which seems crazy. But maybe its not so crazy if the tires last longer than skinnier ones....

    I was looking at the surly black Floyd and its 100/tire.

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    On one 120 tpi floaters on sale. UK site. 50% off. 2 would get free shipping. Only the colored ones. US about 70 dollars shipped

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    How much more material is there on a fat tire compared to a regular bike tire?
    A lot. Also, they're very light compared to a similar sized motorcycle tire. I would think all of this R&D and trickery comes with a price.
    BUT... I also am not looking forward to changing my Bud and Lou at 170 dollars apiece.
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    Re: Fat bike tires last longer? Why so expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    How much more material is there on a fat tire compared to a regular bike tire?
    A lot. Also, they're very light compared to a similar sized motorcycle tire. I would think all of this R&D and trickery comes with a price.
    BUT... I also am not looking forward to changing my Bud and Lou at 170 dollars apiece.
    Ya well normal car tires don't seem that expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureRider View Post
    Ya well normal car tires don't seem that expensive...
    This topic gets old, stop thinking so much and go ride your bike
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    The 2.35 650B's for my Rocky are $91
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    Re: Fat bike tires last longer? Why so expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureRider View Post
    Ya well normal car tires don't seem that expensive...
    Volume of sales..... Economies of scale.

    Plus the bike industry is always crazy.

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    Seriously, man... The tires on my 29er are a bargain by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureRider View Post
    Been pricing up fat bike tires and noticed many tires cost 100 each which seems crazy. But maybe its not so crazy if the tires last longer than skinnier ones....

    I was looking at the surly black Floyd and its 100/tire.
    Limited demand, restricted supply, so far, very little competition in the market place = high prices.
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    Go price road bike tires and for the higher end of that market (thinking tubeless or tubulars in particular), and get back to us, better yet, yeah, just ride, buy garbage/boat anchor fatbike tires if price is such a barrier (they can be had for around 30 to 40 bucks), or just don't buy a fatbike....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Go price road bike tires and for the higher end of that market (thinking tubeless or tubulars in particular), and get back to us, better yet, yeah, just ride, buy garbage/boat anchor fatbike tires if price is such a barrier (they can be had for around 30 to 40 bucks), or just don't buy a fatbike....
    I know y'all get tired of hearing this same question asked over and over, but if a question keeps getting asked, it might mean that it's a question worth asking.

    Fatbike tire prices are probably at the top of the list for barriers to entry.

    3 years ago, there were a ton of barriers to getting a fatbike- Most of the time you couldn't even find a fatbike at your LBS, there were no compatible cranks, rims were scarce, tires were god-awful expensive. 3 years ago, everything about a fatbike was overpriced for what you got.

    Since then, fatbikes have taken off, there are now fatbikes that span the market from cheap to whoa!, and you are now mostly getting what you pay for, cranks are readily available in all kinds of price ranges, there's a ton of rim options and... tires are still god-awful expensive. And it would be nice not to have to drop over $300 for tires. Show me a road bike where tires are a quarter of the cost of the bike.

    All that said, On One Floaters are a bargain and one hell of a good all-purpose tire and usually available. Just get a set of floaters and stop worrying about it.

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    Here, let me rephrase the original question so it's not as controversial:

    "Why are the good fat bike tires so expensive?"

    You're welcome.

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    To cover all the time the LBS is going to spend answering "What do you mean that won't fit my bike?" and "What pressure did you say I should use?"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    To cover all the time the LBS is going to spend answering "What do you mean that won't fit my bike?" and "What pressure did you say I should use?"...
    Haha. Yeah... I wish I had a picture of all the faces people make when I tell them I have 9 psi in my tires.
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    And then when they try for 90, 'cause that's surely what he meant...

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