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    Poll: What's your ideal tire width?

    What's your ideal, existing or not tire width?
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    Totally depends...summer or winter? Groomed or backcountry? Hardpack or sand?
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    The opposite size of what everyone else likes.

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    Any larger riders--200 lbs plus compared the 4.8s to 4.0s?--how much of a difference for general winter riding?--4.0's will have less resistance and 4.8's will float, but overall I am not sure what's the best bet...
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    on sand... i found my moonlander sinking in way less than my pugsley.... and i even had them at 25psi for my commute to work

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    Someone had a tire addiction!! ^^^

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    I say 4.5"s

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    I want 6" and clearance for mudguards/fenders.
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    MiniTrail,

    I can confirm you're a sick man.............. but not as sick as me, 'cuse I think I've got more fat tyres than even you...... It's GREAT EH........

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    It seemed like a good idea!...... at the time......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    I'm with Mini, all of 'em!

    BTW, Knard's are great tires!
    Let the market decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    ^ I got no knards
    we knew this..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    Be nice now...
    Dude, you gave him a lay-up.
    Let the market decide!

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    Once I rode Bud and Lou, there was no going back to 4"

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    I just wait for somebody to build a bike around weldet together clownshoes/Darryls with double Lou front and double Bud rear.

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    Isn't that like asking what the ideal frame size is?

    Fat biking is such a big category now that I would assert that there is no single "ideal" size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vighor View Post
    I just wait for somebody to build a bike around weldet together clownshoes/Darryls with double Lou front and double Bud rear.
    I know someone who has welded together Clownshoes that are 130mm wide, re-heat treated, and will be running 4.0's to 4.8's depending upon conditions.

    The tinkerers are already pushing the limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfiler View Post
    Isn't that like asking what the ideal frame size is?

    Fat biking is such a big category now that I would assert that there is no single "ideal" size.
    There was some mild bickering on another thread, so I decided to start a poll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    Says two guys that are happy with 4 inches
    hell i'll take 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    I say 4.5"s
    Agreed, someone make a 4.5 already

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfiler View Post
    Isn't that like asking what the ideal frame size is?

    Fat biking is such a big category now that I would assert that there is no single "ideal" size.
    That's true, but we need our frames to have clearance for the largest tyre available so we have the choice of what we want to run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    That's true, but we need our frames to have clearance for the largest tyre available so we have the choice of what we want to run.
    Thank you!That's all I been sayin all along!

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    The other side of the coin is: what are the downsides of going wider? At the moment, there are few 190 hubs available. Also, are there technical/durability issues associated with wider hubs and axles? Heel interference? Is a wider BB/axle part of the bargain? Is everyone OK with longer chainstays, too?

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    Poll: What's your ideal tire width?

    I would like to see a 4.4-5 that would fit well in the back of a pugs/necro...but that's sorta selfish. Lou-ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    I would like to see a 4.4-5 that would fit well in the back of a pugs/necro...but that's sorta selfish. Lou-ish.
    I'd like to see that and a 3.5" dirt wizard for summer ripping.
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    Another vote for 4.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    The other side of the coin is: what are the downsides of going wider? At the moment, there are few 190 hubs available. Also, are there technical/durability issues associated with wider hubs and axles? Heel interference? Is a wider BB/axle part of the bargain? Is everyone OK with longer chainstays, too?
    I have to laugh because these same fears have been voiced at every advance. As long as the "old school" stuff (you know, 170mm hubs/100mm BB) is selling well they will keep making it. The early adopters, the wild eyed radicals - we're the ones who will be dealing with the scary uncertainty of experimenting on the fringe! Once we've got it figured out, then ya'll conservatives can come in and enjoy.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    I would like to see a 4.4-5 that would fit well in the back of a pugs/necro...but that's sorta selfish. Lou-ish.
    Naw not selfish, I think so many would benefit who want to run a bigger tire yet not want to buy a 190 frame. There are plenty of 4.0 tires and even though It would be nice to see some improvements in build quality we are set, heck we were having fun on Endos and Larry's back in the day. Give me an fairly light aggressive 4.25-4.5 and I will be the happiest man in the world and with some extra cash left over in my pocket from not having to buy a new frame/fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    ^ I got no knards
    I am the Knard, and can confirm I am not associated with MiniTrail.


    I would like one fat bike, two wheelsets, and three wifes. One HRD Knard/Hudu wheelset, one CS Bud/Lou wheelset, and three ladies in their birthday suits cleaning my dirty wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I would like one fat bike, two wheelsets, and three wifes.
    Bit of a masochist, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    Bit of a masochist, eh?
    This.
    Let the market decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I am the Knard, and can confirm I am not associated with MiniTrail.


    I would like one fat bike, two wheelsets, and three wifes. One HRD Knard/Hudu wheelset, one CS Bud/Lou wheelset, and three ladies in their birthday suits cleaning my dirty wheels.
    in any particular order??
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    in any particular order??
    Usually my wife cleans the spokes first, then the rims and rim strips, then the tires. But she always takes solo long. Cut the time by 33% if I added two more.

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    We basically need a frame designed like a cafe racer rear-end with clearance for anything!

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    us 4"ers are takin names yo!
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    So...to settle this argument (?) what is needed is a tire that mounts on a 100mm rim -
    no taller than 30" OD - is 4" wide - But...spreads out to 6" at the contact patch?

    Maybe settle for a 5er that does the same?

    Maybe a tire for a 24" rim - with shaped/stiffened tall sidewalls to enable this?

    Shiggy...?

    Edit: Seems to me that the 'flex' needs to come at a point near the rim to avoid the tire rubbing against itself on the inside.

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    Wonder how many guys that voted 4" only did so because they are trying to convince themselves that 4" is big enough so they don't need to buy a new bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lancelot View Post
    Wonder how many guys that voted 4" only did so because they are trying to convince themselves that 4" is big enough so they don't need to buy a new bike?
    Or...they all work for a bike co. that believes 5" is a misplaced investment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    kinda disappointed in the lack of support for > 5
    i'm not surprised
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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester View Post
    I have to laugh because these same fears have been voiced at every advance. As long as the "old school" stuff (you know, 170mm hubs/100mm BB) is selling well they will keep making it. The early adopters, the wild eyed radicals - we're the ones who will be dealing with the scary uncertainty of experimenting on the fringe! Once we've got it figured out, then ya'll conservatives can come in and enjoy.
    I was a fairly early adopter of a 170mm bike, so I lived through having to settle for what was available at the time, then spending some big $ to upgrade when new stuff came out. I have no problem sticking my own neck out to try something new. Just thinking of any fatbike newbies who may have stumbled onto this thread.

    So I take it you've got a 190mm frame? Or one on order? Which one?

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