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    What size summer wheels?

    I have two fat bikes, a Rocky Mountain Blizzard and a Fatback Skookum, that need summer wheels. Definitely want to run the Fat b' nimble tires but not sure what size wheels I should get.

    Both bikes are sold with 4.8 inch tires. So should I go with the 29 x 3 or the 27.5 x 3 setup? I am sure a lot of it is personal preference but I am wondering whether the decreased bottom bracket height of the 27.5 setup would cause problems.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Just go with the setup that is closest to the current overall dia of your fat tires. Also, there should be some threads here that discuss 29 or 29+ fat bike conversions.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Get some 65mm carbon rims instead of another wheel size. That's what I did for the Blizzard and it really transformed the way the bike handled
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    or go with a 27.5x4.0
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    I think I'd go with the 27.5x3.5 on a 50-60mm rims. The 29+ would be OK too, but would need to be limited to the 3" range. OK, but I'd rather have the slightly wider width.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    Just go with the setup that is closest to the current overall dia of your fat tires. Also, there should be some threads here that discuss 29 or 29+ fat bike conversions.
    Well that's the rub. If I am matching the diameter of 4.8 tires, the 29 x 3 is the way to go. But if I can run 27.5+ without banging the pedals, I was thinking it might be quicker and lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducman View Post
    Get some 65mm carbon rims instead of another wheel size. That's what I did for the Blizzard and it really transformed the way the bike handled
    We actually run 65 mm rims for a our fat tires all the time. But the wife wants something quicker.

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    Just built up a set of Marge Lites/Hopes with Panaracer Fat B Nimbles for Summer.
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    Why, cause it's just plain old more funnerer, and that's why we're all out there in the first place.

    They feel/are lighter than fat, so why try to go lighter and just end up screwing yourself out of fun and speed in the process?
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    What wheelset are you running? And do you know the weight? I know my Marge Lite/Hope with DT Comp spokes comes in at 2422 so just wondering what you have and what they weigh in comparison.
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    29 and my fox float.
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    Nothing rails corners on snow/dirt like bud on the front and a fast tire on the rear (knard/jj?). And when you want to head off the beaten path, you are limited to a 3" tire. Keep at least one fat bike equipped with fat tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylehampton View Post
    Well that's the rub. If I am matching the diameter of 4.8 tires, the 29 x 3 is the way to go. But if I can run 27.5+ without banging the pedals, I was thinking it might be quicker and lighter.
    29+ 3.0 will be both quicker and lighter, and it's the correct diameter. you answered your own question.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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