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    On One Floater Tire Review

    Ordered 2 120 tpi folding Floaters from On-One's UK website because the price was half that of other fat bike tires and included shipping. I found it very difficult to find a review prior to my purchase, so I figured I would post one.

    I was looking to replace my 27tpi beaded Nate and Larry that came on my Surly Neck Romancer, the Nate because I thought it would be awfully slow in the summer, the Larry because it tends to wash out quite easily. The few reviews I found of the Floater said it would be somewhere between the Nate and the Husker Du.

    The only fat bike tires I have to compare to are the Nate/Larry combo

    Initial Impressions:

    Less aggressive tread than I was expecting, but still ample. Think Schwalbe Nobby Nic ish.
    Weight according to the website is just shy of 1500g, 300g less than the Nate.
    Easy to install apparently (I had the LBS install them, I was busy, plus I can pay them in beer, how awesome is my LBS?)

    The Ride:

    Pressure was 8 PSI rear, 7 psi front. I normally run 6-8 psi on the Nate/Larry coombo. My weight? 205lbs
    Conditions play a huge role in the review, trail was singletrack with lots of hills, and was a mix of snow, slush, ice, grass, slimy mud. The weather for my ride was +3 Celsius, cooler in the valley where I was riding and freezing rain. Hardpack snow was covered with a layer of slippery icy slush that even studded tires would have trouble with.

    Right away I noticed they were much faster rolling than my previous combo, felt more supple, less bouncy.
    Traction was good considering the very slippery conditions, as I expected, not quite as grippy as the Nate, but the front didn't wash out like the Larry.
    Sheds mud quite easily, in fact, what I did notice with the Larry is when it sheds the mud and water it kicked the dirt all over the brakes, leaving them gritty, the Floater doesn't, not sure why, but it is something I noticed, and it is a good thing.
    Seems there was more float with these than the Surly combo.
    Noise on pavement is noticeable, but less than the Nate.

    My climb out of the valley required a climb up a paved road that is anywhere from 12-17% grade. With the Nate it felt so sluggish, wanting/needing to granny gear. With the floaters, up with ease, 3 rings back from granny.

    I paid $125 CAD for 2 tires including shipping and they arrived a week later. I think these tires will work well for my summer needs and next winter I will probably put the Nate back on the rear and leave the Floater on the front.

    I will update this review as trail conditions change......

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    Great review simon! I've been considering a pair of these as well. My local LBS has suggested the Escaltors, but they are at least twice as expensive and nowhere in stock. Might be getting some Floaters....
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    Good Show!

    Sounds like your conditions were perfect for an all around review. Almost everything you might imagine running into. I look forward to updates as you grow into them!
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    Thanks for the review. I assume these are on rolling Darryl's? What do they measure for width on those? I'm looking for a cheaper tire with better rolling for the summer on my clown shoes. Just don't want too narrow where I get rim strikes easily.

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    Yup, Rolling Darryl rims, I didn't actually measure the tires, but they say they are 4.0. If you mean the width of the rims, then those are 82mm.

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    I too have purchased a set for my Mukluk 3 and am yet to ride them. Fitted they look great and on my Marge Lites they are much wider than the Endo/Larry set I had used previously. Will post a measurement later as my bike is at work.

    Tread pattern looks great and tyres feel good when fitting.
    Weighed both before installing and 1400-1450g each tyre

    Set mine up tubeless and will test at 8ish psi which is what the Endo/Larry was set at.

    Mine cost $129 Aussie dollars with free shipping, incredible pricing when you consider Surly tyres are way more than that for one tyre.

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    Just ordered a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonblaine View Post
    If you mean the width of the rims, then those are 82mm.
    Width of widest part of the tire mounted on the rim.

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    I have my fingers crossed.

    Any ON ONE coupon codes?

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    I brought my bike home last night and took some pics of the tyre sizing for anyone interested. This is size mounted to Marge Lites (65mm) and tubeless

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    what tryes did you have on previously and what did they measure get a full bike pic on aswell we like to see
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesbw View Post
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    Dang... I wish tire companies were a little more accurate when they say 4.0" (edit: I'm guessing they will be closer to that on wider rims... duh on my part). Sweet looking tire though... tread looks very "lego"-ish Love your rim strips!

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    Just so there is no confusion, mine is not the original post here. Just wanted to put pics showing widths for anyone interested.

    Sorry to OP for hijacking the thread but thought it easier if On-One info was kept together

    I originally had Endo/Larry combo and they were narrower, never measured them though.

    These tyres may well be 4" on the standard On-One rims which I think are 82mm wide?

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    standard on one rims are 70mm so shouldt be that much difference thanks anyway

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    I will have them on my Rolling Darryl's soon and will post a measurement. They should be darn close to 4" on a 82mm rim.

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    These have not showed up in the US store yet only UK boo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFcourse View Post
    These have not showed up in the US store yet only UK boo!
    Just buy them from the UK store! On-One Floater Fat Tyre / 4.0 inch / 120 TPI / Folding / Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvn View Post
    Damm free shipping, we never get that to New Zealand. Ordered 2 tyres $148NZD. One 120TPI HUDU would cost $150USD + Shipping for a quick comparison. These can roll like sh#$ and I wouldn't care It's going to start getting muddy in a few more months so the extra grip will be sweet.

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    Got mine. Thanks for the thread. Lots other cool stuff low prices no tax free ship toUS
    for $100 or more.

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    Simon - thanks for the writeup!

    I'm real happy with the Floaters that came on my Fatty, but I haven't ridden any other fat tires, so I can't write a review like yours. For the price, the Floaters are the tire to beat at the moment IMO.

    As far as width, mine measured 96 mm at the widest point on the tread blocks, so real close to 4 inches. That was at about 7 psi, too.

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    These sure are a great price and I am really considering them for my summer riding. Love my Nates in the snow, but would like to save them for winter riding. Other than the fact that the Floaters are heavier than other 120 tpi tires, is there anything to worry about with these tires? They look like what I am looking for in a great price, I am just surprised these are less than half the price of Surly/45 North tires. Anything I should be worried about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYNOFREERIDE View Post
    These sure are a great price and I am really considering them for my summer riding. Love my Nates in the snow, but would like to save them for winter riding. Other than the fact that the Floaters are heavier than other 120 tpi tires, is there anything to worry about with these tires? They look like what I am looking for in a great price, I am just surprised these are less than half the price of Surly/45 North tires. Anything I should be worried about?
    I remember reading somewhere that the the On One tires are made by the same company that make big name tires. Don't quote me, but Maxxis come to mind. Not that I am an expert on tire manufacturing and quality, but I think they look a good quality. Don't forget, buying direct from companies like On One means you avoid the price mark up applied by your LBS and their distributor.....hence, a cheaper cost to you.

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    On-One tires are made by Vee Rubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFcourse View Post
    Damm free shipping, we never get that to New Zealand. Ordered 2 tyres $148NZD. One 120TPI HUDU would cost $150USD + Shipping for a quick comparison. These can roll like sh#$ and I wouldn't care It's going to start getting muddy in a few more months so the extra grip will be sweet.
    Went down a hilly mud road that was really wet and muddy from melting snow and spring runoff. No washout, grip was great, shed the mud no problem, on the way back up, loads of grip, no slipping. You should be pleased with the Floaters.

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    Other than the fact that the Floaters are heavier than other 120 tpi tires, is there anything to worry about with these tires?
    They're good tires; there is nothing to worry about.

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    Well, I have had two great rides on our local trails with the Floaters and I am super impressed

    Yesterday I rode a loop that I had previously ridden on an S-Works 26" hardtail and a Ritchey P29er, the Mukluk with Floaters was just as quick overall and so much more fun

    I found the tyres can hold incredible corner speed and found myself using a lot less brake than on any other mtb the floaters grip like nothing else and yet the rolling resistance isn't as noticeable as I would have expected.

    I ran the tyres at around 6psi yesterday which for my 62ish kg was spot on.

    Would highly recommend these tyres for trail riding

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    Got the first ride in on mine as well. Great tires. I think the Larry's I had on previously rolled slightly better but the Floaters have better grip and a noticeably better ride at the same psi. I was running 6/8 f/r for psi. I am 200 lbs and it felt perfect. I can't really imagine needing more traction than these provide.

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    Really happy with mine, they replaced some knards, slightly less spritely climbing but so much more grip that I feel a lot more confident descending, when I need new tires I'll be buying another set

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    I got mine 2 rides ago and love them. My Nate will stayin the basement for winter and I will be ordering another pair soon.

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    Homerun Shiggy. I love these tires for all around

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    Just ordered two. Wow! Free shipping to Alaska from the UK. I had no idea. I'd been waiting for them to show up on Planet X's USA website because I thought I'd pay through the keister for shipping. Will replace a HuDu in the rear, which I loved performance-wise but sucked for durability - knobs wore out fast, bead separated from carcass, and sidewalls got so trashed from low pressures the tire falls to the floor like a rag when I lean it against a wall - all in less than 1000 mi. Front Nate is holding up better, may stick with that for awhile but I can't wait to try a Floater front and rear. Hope I like the tire as much as I looove the price (AND On One for getting an affordable fat tire to the masses.
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    wow, I knew they were better than the Larry and Endo, but now people are liking them more than the HUDus and Nates. What's next, someone gonna say they outgrip a Bud/Lou?
    I definitely think they are a good tire and great tread design. When you factor in price, they are awesome.

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    On One Floater Tire Review

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    Homerun Shiggy. I love these tires for all around
    Thank you. Wish I had a set, and a bike to use them on...
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    What, you didn't get to keep a Fatty?

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    What, you didn't get to keep a Fatty?
    Nope. I wanted to keep the prototype. No-go. Not a sellable frame, but it was the bike I designed and wanted.
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    I guess they destroyed it.

    one question: did the head tube angle get slackened all the way to 68 degrees to keep up with current trends, or because it handles better than the steeper angles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by autodoctor911 View Post
    people are liking them more than the HUDus and Nates.
    Whoa... Did I say that? Haven't got mine yet. What I love is the price. HuDu is a great, but expensive and short-lived performer. Nate is a winner, too. Bud and Lou? One can dream, no? If the Floater performs half as good as Nate or HuDu, I'll be happy. If it's as good..., schaaawing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by autodoctor911 View Post
    I guess they destroyed it.

    one question: did the head tube angle get slackened all the way to 68 degrees to keep up with current trends, or because it handles better than the steeper angles?
    I doubt it was destroyed. Likely sitting in a box.

    You need to ask Brant about the geometry changes. He was talking about making it slacker even before the first protos were ridden. The steeper HTA handled very well for me. Stable and agile.
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    I shall ask Brant. I just thought he would be reluctant to admit to the former if that was the case. If he was talking about doing it from the start though, that must be what he favors in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Thank you. Wish I had a set, and a bike to use them on...
    On One isn't sending you a production Fatty at least????
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    On One isn't sending you a production Fatty at least????
    I have no interest in the production frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by autodoctor911 View Post
    I shall ask Brant. I just thought he would be reluctant to admit to the former if that was the case. If he was talking about doing it from the start though, that must be what he favors in general.

    Brant isn't shy about building bikes with slack front ends...I've owned both the SummerSeason and the Ragley MMMBop.

    Back on topic...I grabbed a set of the Floaters for my Pug and a couple rides in I'm completely impressed.

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    Shiggy, was the basic bike mostly your design then, and Brant just tweaked the geometry?

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    more importantly, what was the HA & fork offset on the proto?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Shiggy, was the basic bike mostly your design then, and Brant just tweaked the geometry?
    Yes, and some mods to pass the euro test standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    more importantly, what was the HA & fork offset on the proto?
    71* HTA, 45mm offset. Less trail than the production bike.
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    Well, I received my Floater today, and here are some initial impressions:

    *the tyre weighed in at 1515 g, which was a little more than I had hoped.

    *there is a noticeable lateral wobble on the tyre, although it should sit properly on the rim. It has no effect to riding though, at least I have not noticed.

    *the knobs looked like the tyre would roll like Nate on hard surfaces, i.e. not at all, but I was wrong It felt surprisingly smooth and rolled much better than Nate. I tried 10 PSI, felt bouncy, dropped to 8, was good.

    *the tyre looked larger than my skinny Larry. I thought that it's because of the bigger knobs, but I measured the tyre heights from floor to rim, and Floater was approximately 5 mm taller than Larry. The width seemed to be roughly same in both tyres.

    *I rode some singletrack also which was muddly here and there, but did not notice anything special. I guess it works just fine

    Worth 60 euros, I think

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    Received my Floaters yesterday and mounted them. Here are my initial impressions:

    - Tires are out of round. Not un-rideable, but significant enough to notice
    - Pavement rolling is smoother than expected (same observation as kyttyra)
    - Traction is much better than my HDu. I was much more confident on my single track ride last night.
    - Not as much self steer as the HDu
    - Easy to mount

    Definitely worth $65
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    when I first put my Fatty together the Floaters seemed to be out of round. at first, it wasn't seating right and had a low spot, but even once seated it had a little bit of a high spot, and some lateral movement, or twisting motion, but after riding them and keeping the pressure high(20-30psi) for a few weeks, only letting some air out to ride, then filling them again, they became perfectly round eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autodoctor911 View Post
    when I first put my Fatty together the Floaters seemed to be out of round. at first, it wasn't seating right and had a low spot, but even once seated it had a little bit of a high spot, and some lateral movement, or twisting motion, but after riding them and keeping the pressure high(20-30psi) for a few weeks, only letting some air out to ride, then filling them again, they became perfectly round eventually.
    Good to know. I thought that might be the case, but I just got them so I wasn't certain.
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