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    5" Tire? Does it exist?

    Guys,

    I'm new to phatbikes (just got a Fatboy), and I am wondering if there is any company actually making a 5" tire yet? I can't find anyone, but I'd like to get some if they exists. The bike can handle them, so I'd like to make use of that capability if I can get it.

    Thanks!

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    Sure. The Surly Bud is 4.8 inches. Just keep pumping it up and maybe it'll get to 5 inches. Otherwise I'm pretty sure that's the fattest tire made.
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    And it's Pretty Darn Fat, the Lou is 4.8 too and make a killer snow shredding pair.
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    I had Bud up to 4.92" on a hundie tubeless at 20psi when it was new.

    Oh and a Mazda 3 has just enough ground clearance from the middle to the rear of the car to clear a Bud on a 100mm rim. I really need to quit drinking so much!!
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    Re: 5" Tire? Does it exist?

    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorAddict View Post
    The bike can handle them, so I'd like to make use of that capability if I can get it.
    You sure? From the photos I've seen of the chainstays you are most likely maxed out at what you currently have. Keep in mind you must leave room for tire flex and mud/snow stuck to the tire.
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    OP, how many miles do you have on your GC's? Are you tubeless yet? What makes you think that you -need- 5" tires?

    Try going tubeless to see how much room that leaves you. You will also notice a change in the size of the tire by eliminating the tubes. Do that and ride more, then ask again in a few months.

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    5" Tire? Does it exist?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    OP, how many miles do you have on your GC's? Are you tubeless yet? What makes you think that you -need- 5" tires?

    Try going tubeless to see how much room that leaves you. You will also notice a change in the size of the tire by eliminating the tubes. Do that and ride more, then ask again in a few months.

    Well, if I'm honest, zero miles. I simply want to run the largest tires possible to achieve maximum float. The bike-spec lists the fork as having 5" tire capacity, though it's less clear what the rear can handle.

    More than anything, I was curious since I haven't yet seen a true 5" tire advertised...

    Maybe I'll find it doesn't make a difference, but I'd still like to try it!

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    5" is not around. Stop thinking about it and ride your [email protected] bike!!

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