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Thread: Flat resistance

  1. #1
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    Flat resistance

    I seem to be cursed with a lot of flats on my fatboy, which currently has the stock Ground Controls on it. I get a flat just about every other ride, whether it's thorns, glass, sharp rocks, etc. I am not going off trail much, I think it's just the fact that there is more than 2x the contact patch rolling over stuff and picking it up. For comparison, I ride my other bikes on the same trails and have only flatted once in recent years.

    I did recently go tubeless, which ought to take care of the small stuff.

    Are there tougher tires out there? I see that Origin8 has the Kevlar belted Devist8ter, but that may be overkill and a lot of weight.

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  2. #2
    Rippin da fAt
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    Some places just have way too many pointy objects for any tire size. I have been riding my fatty as a daily driver for over 2 years with no issues so far. Oh shyt, mighta jinxed myself...0.o THe only place I don't go around is the railroad tracks, loads of goatheads there.

    I really doubt the Origin8's would make you happy. Weight as well as a harsh ride takes away from the pleasure of fAt. There are tire liners similar to the old Mr. Tuffy liners available if your punctures are in the tread zone of the tire. Hope that helps...
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
    Doctor recommended...

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    Have you flatted since you went tubeless?
    "The only way we can truly control the outcome of a ride is not going on it, which is a choice I'm unwilling to make." -K.B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithhammer View Post
    Have you flatted since you went tubeless?
    Yeah sort of. I hit something that made a pencil sized gouge in the tire. The slime was having trouble sealing it but I managed to limp home with a few psi in the tire. It was only about 20 degrees out. Once back in the warm garage and some air back in the tire it looks to have sealed.

    I guess I'm looking for something a little tougher for more jagged rocks.

    Maybe a lower TPI tire?

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    If that's your only flat since tubeless, then I would make sure it sealed well and then ride on.

    I have pulled many many goat heads in the past few thousand miles from my tires, and stans does fine.

    The only time it was iffy was when I landed on a rocky section and tore half a tread off.

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    The GC's are not that durable and in reality they are not TL Ready; weak casing.

    The Floaters are burly, not too heavy, and not that expensive.

    Devis8ors are burly, but they are also really heavy, and they autosteer.

    Nearly all Vee Rubber tires are burly.

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