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    Specialized FatBoy ground control tires

    Hello everyone,
    I got back into mountain biking this summer and really became interested in fatbikes. I've been regrading up on as much as I can from the forums and appreciate all the great info here.

    I currently have a specialized FatBoy expert on pre order at my lbs, and like others are patiently awaiting an official release date.
    I just swung by specialized website to see if anything changed on the fatboys page and correct me if I'm wrong but the picture has been updated to show th FatBoy with the ground control tires.

    Now maybe I've just overlooked this in the past and maybe it's just some photoshop magic, but Either way I figured I would share. Maybe it's getting closer to actually shipping out?

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    Photoshop magic! Look at the valve stems. Don't get your hopes up on the expected delivery date, I'd be amazed if they come out before 2014.
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    Re: Specialized FatBoy ground control tires

    Fatboy and ground control tyres that's correct look on the website it got announced months ago

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    Not that I think it means anything, but..

    Not Photoshop magic -- those are actually the Ground Control tires in the pic on the Specialized website. If you hit the little magnifying glass off to the right, it will give you a hi-res photo you can then blow waaay up and see details. It's the right tread pattern and you can read some of the info molded into the blackwall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Not that I think it means anything, but..

    Not Photoshop magic -- those are actually the Ground Control tires in the pic on the Specialized website. If you hit the little magnifying glass off to the right, it will give you a hi-res photo you can then blow waaay up and see details. It's the right tread pattern and you can read some of the info molded into the blackwall.
    Look at the location & angle of the valve. Nobody laces wheels like that on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlh View Post
    Look at the location & angle of the valve. Nobody laces wheels like that on purpose.
    Did you even look at the hi-res photo? I agree that the valve stems are in the wrong place, but the tires are not Photoshopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Did you even look at the hi-res photo? I agree that the valve stems are in the wrong place, but the tires are not Photoshopped.
    I think what he means by photoshopped is that they ARE the actual tires... they just aren't on the bike. We get a lot of things where I work from overseas. We always get lots of good photos many months to a year before we actually get the product in our hands.
    ...Be careful what you're looking at because it might be looking back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Did you even look at the hi-res photo? I agree that the valve stems are in the wrong place, but the tires are not Photoshopped.
    I'm not doubting that they are GC tires, it's just quite obvious that they have been photoshopped onto another image

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    Regardless... If you were interested in the new Ground Controls, you can now get a decent look at the actual tires on the Specialized site.

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    My LBS got a couple disply models in for Iceman, the tires looks like production tires and measured out to just over 4.5 inches. Smaller lugs than a Nate or Bud.




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    Hell yeah! Going to be my summer tire.
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    that bike looks sick, real clean and pro love the tires, must buy for off season use.

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    Can't wait for these tires. Hoping they'll fit my pug.

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    Seems like a new fatbike standard. The rims, carbon fork and the tires make a refined package.

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    Yep, the tires look great, I really can't wait for Specialized to release the bike. I'm still going to run a Bud up front in the winter, but the Ground Control rear looks like it should do fine in snow.

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    That looks sick, thanks for sharing!!

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    Has anyone heard anything regarding the weight & estimated retail price?

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    That is sweet! Seeing an actual photo of a fatboy with the ground control tires has me hopeful that my pre-order will be here soon!

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    They seem to be good all year round tyres it will probly fit my on one fatty rear also. wow I have plenty combo options now. bud, nates, floater , BFLs,and hopefully soon ground control

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    any word on the availability of the ground control tires?

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    Specialized FatBoy ground control tires

    The fatboy is just starting to roll into shops this week. Here in PA our local specialized dealer posted today that they got 1 non expert model in.

    I'm sure in the coming weeks more info will come out. But initially it is sounding like the tires alone will be available until sometime next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Did you even look at the hi-res photo? I agree that the valve stems are in the wrong place, but the tires are not Photoshopped.
    huh the wheels I built have the stems in weird places.. never thought about it... but I guess the Folks a specialized should think about such things...

    Oh and i want a pair of the GC tires - they were my first real mountain bike tire!
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    My bike is heavier than yours - it does not have Carbon or Titanium parts - I love it!

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    I work at a spec shop and my inside rep said the tires are going to be avail April 2014 as of today. I'm sure That will probably get moved up due to lots of interested riders chomping at the bit for some. Either way it will be a while. Of course this is unofficial knowledge

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    any update on the availability of the fatboy tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggymancan View Post
    any update on the availability of the fatboy tires?
    Crickets!!

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    Are we still looking at April 2014 for general release of ground controls? Anyone cannibalized one off of a fatboy and got it to fit on a mukluk?

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    I got word yesterday that we are most likely less than a month away from these being available to ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmattcor View Post
    Are we still looking at April 2014 for general release of ground controls? Anyone cannibalized one off of a fatboy and got it to fit on a mukluk?
    http://fcdn.mtbr.com/attachments/fat...-tire-size.jpg

    GC just a mm bigger than a snowshoe, which has huge amounts of clearance on my 2014 mukluk.
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    Specialized FatBoy ground control tires

    Thx for info frorider

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    anyone know if these will fit on on one fatty rear plz

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    Quote Originally Posted by stesteste View Post
    anyone know if these will fit on on one fatty rear plz
    I think you may be pushing it. Mate has one and the clearance does not look enough.

    I have just over 700kms on my ground controls and have had 2 flats from the carcass being pierced by sticks. One big enough to put your finger through. Same trails I got 4000kms out of a maxxis crossmark with zero flats.

    I won't be buying them again.

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    ^^ Really? With all the space between knobs on a fat tire the chances of a stick puncture are so much higher than any other type of tire. We are also running so much lower pressure which will also increase the odds of that happening as the tire tries to wrap around things. I don't think there is any way I could blame the tire when it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    ^^ Really? With all the space between knobs on a fat tire the chances of a stick puncture are so much higher than any other type of tire. We are also running so much lower pressure which will also increase the odds of that happening as the tire tries to wrap around things. I don't think there is any way I could blame the tire when it happens.
    Except for the fact I am the only one it is happenning too. 3 other fatties ridden on the same trails have not had it happen.

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