New to fat bikes with my first ride on my own Pug last night. Loved it!
My professional work is in materials research and product development for tire industry so I was wondering what are the modes of failure for fat tires. The low pressure and the desire for low weight makes for a some different challenge than mountain or road bike tires. Fat tire market is not even a blip in my companies product view but at times I come into contact with bike tire product engineers and possibly we can leverage something to help develop a better offering. The high tpi casing is an obvious performance gain for compliance, fatigue and damage tolerance. I have some ideas on fat bike tire handling enhancement while maintaining compliance but need more riding time (research) to better develop them.
Some initial questions are:
Why do you replace fat tires? Knob wear, carcass failure? Any unique issues that wear out a fat tire vs other bike tires?
When you have flats is it more often a pin hole puncture or a cut puncture?
What performance improvement do you want and what part of the tire do you think needs to be improved to get it.
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