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    Favorite all around tire

    I use my fat bike for beach riding, trail riding and if conditions are right, packed or frozen snow. Surlyís Big Fat Larry has to be a great all around tire. Used them for years.


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    Nateís have been good to me all 4 seasons.

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    I'm lucky enough to have two complete sets of wheels. I use Big Fat Larrys front and rear for sand and pavement.
    My other set uses Bud on the front and Lou on the rear in the winter and 4.8 Knard on the rear for the rest of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bme107 View Post
    Nateís have been good to me all 4 seasons.
    If I could only pick one, Nate would be it I think.

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    Can't pick just 1! My favorites are Jumbo Jims...but not in the winter. I use studded Terrene Wazias in the snow. Both serve me well.

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    I've only tried Bud and Lou. Thinking about a set of Nates for summer. GF has the Wednesday with Nates.

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    Iíve had Nateís, bud, dunderbeist, husker du, van helga, D4, and Iíve most recently put on a pair of JJs. Iím using 4.4 rear and 4.8 front. I gotta say Iím super impressed. They roll really well and have way better traction than I thought they would. At low pressure I was able to ride very well in new loose snow. Overall, these are my favourites to date.

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    Dillinger 5 studded. Have bought others, including D4s, and tried others. The D4s specifically underwhelm me. I got them mainly for racing, but I was hoping they'd be more all-around based on how many people use them. The D5 on the other hand, like riding air-bags comparatively and a big step up that seems to eclipse the fairly small casing difference. I end up riding AND racing them almost exclusively. I mainly ride on snow, from powder to hardpack to ice.
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    Nates, Beists, D5's and Wrathchilds in the stable but if I had to pick a favorite for all around riding it'd be the Vanhelgas!
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    I use the one on the right almost exclusively as long as there is snow on the ground:

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    The carbon bike with 4.8s just feels so severely limited in comparison, so I'll grab the 4.8'' bike only when I know the ride will be exclusively on super-hard-pack.

    Last season, I only rode the 4.8'' bike for the Nationals and a few rides before, the rest was spent on the 6'' bike. It is so much more efficient on anything softer than really firm hardpack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat-in-Fundy View Post
    ...if I had to pick a favorite for all around riding it'd be the Vanhelgas!
    if we are talking 26", I agreed wholeheartedly!

    Now that i am rolling mostly bfat, i don't have a favorite. I wish 45Nrth would come out with a 27.5x4 VanHelga... that would be SIIICK!!

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    Jumbo Jim in the summer and studded Jumbo Jim inn the winter.

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    JJ for everything but snow and when there are wet leaves. Then I use VH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    if we are talking 26", I agreed wholeheartedly!

    Now that i am rolling mostly bfat, i don't have a favorite. I wish 45Nrth would come out with a 27.5x4 VanHelga... that would be SIIICK!!
    I recently contacted 45Nrth and asked for that very tire. Previously they said the had no intentions of making B Fat tires. This time the reply was, "We'll pass that request on to the designers". So if you get a minute, shoot them a message asking for the 27.5 VanHelga (Strenth in Numbers and all ).
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    I've liked the bulldozer 4.7 the best thus far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Espen W View Post
    I use the one on the right almost exclusively as long as there is snow on the ground:

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    The carbon bike with 4.8s just feels so severely limited in comparison, so I'll grab the 4.8'' bike only when I know the ride will be exclusively on super-hard-pack.

    Last season, I only rode the 4.8'' bike for the Nationals and a few rides before, the rest was spent on the 6'' bike. It is so much more efficient on anything softer than really firm hardpack.
    What tire is this and what is the "6 inch bike"? Is it a custom frame?

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    I've had Larry, Endomorph, Big Fat Larry, Husker Du, Bulldozer, Bud, Flowbeist, Dunderbeist, Wazia, and now Edna.

    Edna is my summer/no ice snow tire. It's impressive. But now with ice on the ground, I'm sticking to my trusty Wazia 4.0 studded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overkill View Post
    What tire is this and what is the "6 inch bike"? Is it a custom frame?
    Prototype for the Vee Snowshoe 2XL from 2015
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    Barbs are all I need for the beach!

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    Surly studded 4.8 Louís for snow/ice, Surly 4.3 Edna F & Schwalbe 4.4 JJ R no snow

    Quote Originally Posted by JAGI410 View Post
    I've had Larry, Endomorph, Big Fat Larry, Husker Du, Bulldozer, Bud, Flowbeist, Dunderbeist, Wazia, and now Edna.

    Edna is my summer/no ice snow tire. It's impressive. But now with ice on the ground, I'm sticking to my trusty Wazia 4.0 studded.
    I just recently got 2nd fattie wheelset 80MM DT Swiss wheels&big ride hubs, w Edna front & 4.4 liteskin Jumbo Jim rear, reduced over 3 lbs. rolling weight easy versus studded Louís on clown shoes! Although still like Louís on snow/ice.

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    Innova Spider tire. Why cuz it workz.
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    Here's my version of Espen's picture:

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    VanHelga
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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-opski View Post
    Innova Spider tire. Why cuz it workz.

    You should run it on the Su100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Here's my version of Espen's picture:
    Nice pics, good Sir!

    They inspired me to look up the specs on the D4 and D5:

    I see that the Dillinger 4 (rated 4.0 by 45Nrth) is 230mm bead to bead.
    The Dillinger 5 (rated 4.8 by 45Nrth) is 245mm bead to bead.

    So one inch up in rated size for an extra 15mm of extra casing width.

    My 2XL protos are 315mm bead to bead. That is 85mm over the D4 and 70mm over the D5.
    Would be interesting to see what that size would be called
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    x2 on the Surly Edna, I have no real point of comparison but i has impressed me in such a multitude of conditions

    - Dry Rooty Rocky Singletrack
    - Packed Snow
    - Loose Snow real low pressures
    - Mud
    - Gravel
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    I ride my fat bike on the street, paved bicycle trails, and on the occasional dirt road or over a grassy spot between trails. I've had it to the beach once...

    I had a set of Surly Black Floyd tires fitted before I took it home, and set them to 25psi. They work beautifully! I'm now coming up on 1300 miles with the original tires and the tread is getting thin. Probably another hundred miles or three, and I'll replace them with a new set...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Espen W View Post
    Nice pics, good Sir!

    They inspired me to look up the specs on the D4 and D5:

    I see that the Dillinger 4 (rated 4.0 by 45Nrth) is 230mm bead to bead.
    The Dillinger 5 (rated 4.8 by 45Nrth) is 245mm bead to bead.

    So one inch up in rated size for an extra 15mm of extra casing width.

    My 2XL protos are 315mm bead to bead. That is 85mm over the D4 and 70mm over the D5.
    Would be interesting to see what that size would be called
    My picture looks like it does partially because the D5 is on a 90mm rim and the D4 is on a 65mm rim, so it "blows up" the size difference. Since most people around here tend to use a D4 on a 75-80mm rim, my tires always end up looking gigantic next to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    i recently contacted 45nrth and asked for that very tire. Previously they said the had no intentions of making b fat tires. This time the reply was, "we'll pass that request on to the designers". So if you get a minute, shoot them a message asking for the 27.5 vanhelga (strenth in numbers and all ).
    done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    JJ for everything but snow and when there are wet leaves. Then I use VH.
    Riding Bulldozer 4.25 over and thru anything the northeast winter had to offer. Love them. Just ordered the JJ's as a lighter summer option. Read a lot of good reviews. Just wondering your thoughts and anyone else. Are they good on the beach or in any deep sand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a1pathfinder67 View Post
    Riding Bulldozer 4.25 over and thru anything the northeast winter had to offer. Love them. Just ordered the JJ's as a lighter summer option. Read a lot of good reviews. Just wondering your thoughts and anyone else. Are they good on the beach or in any deep sand?
    I used bulldozers on my blizzard, never cared for them. When I switched to JJ on the blizzard, it made a huge difference. No issues on the beach with them even when pulling a trailer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    I used bulldozers on my blizzard, never cared for them. When I switched to JJ on the blizzard, it made a huge difference. No issues on the beach with them even when pulling a trailer

    Need some fat wheels for the trailer. That's got to be a hell of a workout in the sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangie View Post
    Need some fat wheels for the trailer. That's got to be a hell of a workout in the sand.
    I ended up getting them soon after this pic


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    If we're talking year round fat, I'd prolly choose a minion 4.8 FBF. I like it's steering characteristics on dirt and hard pack snow. It's a good base for self studs, and makes a pretty decent rear when reversed, for snow use. Not particularly strong in the snow up front, so I'd have to live with that limitation.

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    Not really an option for most but I love my gnarwhals. I just add a psi or two for groomed double track. Icy trails they bite, snow they bite, snow over groomed they bite. Love them.
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