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    Which size tires for fat bikes in AZ washes?

    Not sure if this is in the right forum, maybe fat bikes, but I figured AZ users would have answers more specific to what I am after.

    Anyhoo, in Tucson there are several large washes, Rillito, Santa Cruz etc, that have paved bike paths that basically circumnavigate the city. I was thinking about a fat bike and staying down in the washes away from people. I am rehabbing an injury and just want the cardio and getting outside. Looking at a 2018 Kona Wozo, mostly for the geometry....super long reach, but my question is; Are the Minion 27.5 x 3.8" tires going to be enough float? I am 6'4" and 215. I have been looking for a frame to build but have had zero luck and the only used complete I saw sold before I could get at it. The component spec looks like Kona used what was leftover from a few years back. I have resolved that a new one may be the only way to go. So, would I need to get larger tires, or do you think the 3.8's would suffice?

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    A sandy wash is a sandy wash pretty much anywhere, I wouldn’t limit your question to AZ.
    Try posting this (or getting a mod to move it) in the Fat Bike sub. There’s not a lot of fat bike riders here in A-Z. Most stop at 3.0
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    My kid has a 24" Trek Farley and he can go through washes no problem on 4" tires.

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    Nice. Good info, thanks!
    I will also try the fat bike section
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    I'm happy with my 5" tires in the washes...but I find the snow more fun than a Sandy wash... YMMV.....




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    I rise fat in AZ year around. Wider will give more float. I've had 3.8 to 4.8 and the wider handles the sand better, but prbably isn't necessary. Sand has a lot of different consistency just like snow. I have settled on 4.3 for all around width, but it's hard to say for sure cuz it depends on how soft "your" sand is on a given day. Here is my advise... buy a frame that will allow the 4.8s. You can always run narrower if it works. But if not, then you can always go wider. Find one with as close geometry as possible. Still not convinced? Demo a 3.8, then a 4.8 in your sand! Then you will know.

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    All good points, thanks for the feed back everyone!
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    at least 3.5", I once did a long 40-50 mile ride in KOFA, it was all sand and damn I was glad to have a fat bike...

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    I've done that route when Dejay put on one of his Sandbox races. 4inch was fine. Most washes pack in pretty well, not like the beach where you sink.
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