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    Barbegazi....... a tyre for all seasons ?

    I have a bit of a rubber obsession, and as such have tried quite a few Fat tyres

    Recently, I have become acquainted with the 27.5" offerings from Bontrager.

    I have run Hodags and they are pretty good.

    However, I have also been running Barbegazis as well on another bike in both 26" (rear) and 27.5 (front) form.

    I like them, a lot !

    I have ridden them on most surfaces (except snow) and especially on sand as well; where I really like them.

    They roll well, but offer good steering and traction , even in loose sand.

    In the UK , it's now Autumn (fall) and it's getting muddy !

    I was considering swapping to a more aggressive tread such as Maxxis FBF/FBR .

    Today , I went for a spin (in the mud) but with the Barbs still on and was ....impressed

    Yet again , good steering and traction, even in off camber situations.

    Going to stick with them for now , and see how it goes .

    What do you guys think ?

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    Agreed — they’re a really good 3 season tire. I don’t ride much mud but what I have done was on DHF/DHR and they’re pretty sketchy there.

    If you must swap, check out the 27.5 Gnarwhal up front.

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    Thanks (as always) for your good advice Mike

    The Gnarwhal sure does have a grippy look !

    I will keep that in reserve depending on how it goes and how muddy it gets !!!

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    3 Seasons on 27.5 x 4.5 Barbs for me,
    Fast rollers and lighter than 3.8 Hodags.

    Studded Gnarwhals for Winter for the snow/ice.





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    I am in Quebec and love 2 bikes.
    Fat 4 months 26x4.8 studded(Bud/Lou) on 90 mm for float and grip = max hrs riding.
    8 months 27.5+ on 40 mm.
    You can compromise but here i do not see myself on the same rims 12 months.

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    Your 4 season tire might be someone else's 3 or 1 season tire.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Found they did roll fast but just didnt bite on snow. Little lugs just kind of loaded with snow and spun out.

    Super light for how big they are for sure.






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    [QUOTE=solarplex;14361411]Found they did roll fast but just didnt bite on snow. Little lugs just kind of loaded with snow and spun out.

    Super light for how big they are for sure.




    Did they bite OK on packed snow? I'm debating whether I should run them this winter on some endurance races...Tuscobia, AH135, etc... Of course, the snow is not always packed on those courses but they do get a lot of snow machine traffic.
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    According to a Farley Facebook group, someone spoke directly with Bontrager
    and the Barbegazi's are no longer available in 27.5x4.5 size

    No word on a replacement yet, but I'll be hitting up the local shops tomorrow to see if they have any left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    According to a Farley Facebook group, someone spoke directly with Bontrager
    and the Barbegazi's are no longer available in 27.5x4.5 size

    No word on a replacement yet, but I'll be hitting up the local shops tomorrow to see if they have any left.

    Not true.

    Sold out at the moment, but back before snow blankets the northern hemisphere.

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    Hope so, I cant imagine them being gone forever before a replacement model was announced.

    I loaded up on Bontrager Tires (Barbs and Gnars) and Stud kits on sale last Black Friday,
    Have an extra set of new Gnarwhals in original packaging I wont' need (New 20' Farley has them already)

    But will need another set of Barbs by next Spring.
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    I found a local dealer with 4 Barbs in stock,
    ...on my way to pick up a pair on my lunch break today!

    [EDIT] All Good for Stock for Both Farley's now, 4 Season Fun!...with Snow in the Forecast! SWEET!
    Just need to throw a new set of Carbide Studs in Pumpkin' and Swap Big Red's studded Gnars back on for Winter.

    This is why I swap back to Barbs for Summer... (coupled with a faster rolling tread pattern)

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    i have a pair of mint condition Barbegazi's for sale if anyone is looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Agreed — they’re a really good 3 season tire. I don’t ride much mud but what I have done was on DHF/DHR and they’re pretty sketchy there.

    If you must swap, check out the 27.5 Gnarwhal up front.
    Mike, How do you think the Barbi's would do on snowmo trails like we have in the upper midwest? Did you run them at all on your trip back to the midwest last winter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    Mike, How do you think the Barbi's would do on snowmo trails like we have in the upper midwest? Did you run them at all on your trip back to the midwest last winter?

    We were on Gnarwhals on that trip.

    I think Barbe's are great on solid hardpack. The deeper/softer/looser it gets, the more they flail.

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    Proof there is in fact a New Barbegazi coming out, appears to be same tread,
    just updated thin line lettering like my new 2020 Farley's Gnarwhals (that I actually prefer)

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    [QUOTE=farleybob;14361433]
    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Found they did roll fast but just didnt bite on snow. Little lugs just kind of loaded with snow and spun out.

    Super light for how big they are for sure.




    Did they bite OK on packed snow? I'm debating whether I should run them this winter on some endurance races...Tuscobia, AH135, etc... Of course, the snow is not always packed on those courses but they do get a lot of snow machine traffic.
    Yes packed snow they were great. Would run them on one set of wheels and gnarwhals on another if i had the funds for another wheelset


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    After screwing 48 of these hex slot head screws into each Barbegazi's 27.5s with Stan's, I can report NO traction issues in any snow or ice conditions. But wait, I weight 235lbs plus 27lb Farly 9.6.

    If you believe weight on the bike makes for more traction, try adding more screws.
    One more suggestion, Pedal stroke efficiency 'not mashing' can improve
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