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    Looking for a reasonable light weight 27.5 x 3.8 tire

    Going to be mounted on Mulefut 80 rims. Looked at Maxxis FBF TR but they seem a little heavy at around 1450 grams a tire.
    Also looking at and heavily considering Hodags. Weighing in around 1250 a tire.
    I ride mostly frozen dirt and or groomed snow trails, No back country or deep snow.

    Thanks for recommendations.

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    Cake Eater light?
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Hodag is the droid you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    Hodag is the droid you are looking for.
    What he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk3Rider View Post
    What he said.
    One more Hodag vote

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    Hodag

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    Agree on the Hodag for the conditions you describe.

    As you know, not a lot of options in this size. Others to find spec's on are the Terrene Cake Eater and the Vee Crown Gem.

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    Fat-bike.com said the fbf is 1282g yet you and maxxis claim 1400g

    Wonder if they lightened it since release on the suzi q.

    https://fat-bike.com/2017/09/product...-fbffbr-tires/


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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Fat-bike.com said the fbf is 1282g yet you and maxxis claim 1400g

    Wonder if they lightened it since release on the suzi q.
    nope, that is a misprint. there are a few different FBF's, and the EXO one is heavier. a few of mine were in the high 1400's, 1470 & 1460 specifically. I have never run the non-tubeless non-exo ones, so i cannot comment on their weight.

    The FBR tubeless exo is 13xxg. I have had two of them, one weighing 1340 and the other 1360.

    Here is the link from the bikerumor test. They had non EXO tires weighing 1390 for the FBF and 1220 for the FBR.
    https://bikerumor.com/2017/12/20/tir...up-against-26/


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    Van Helga anyone? Didn't they release it in 27.5 flavour this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frozenmonkey View Post
    Van Helga anyone? Didn't they release it in 27.5 flavour this year?
    I'm not sure if the Vanhelga and D4 have actually been released yet, but they've been announced and are on the website. I think for what he's describing, the Vanhelga will be overkill, and it's no lightweight. The comments indicate a weight of around 1410g.

    The D4 would probably be a better option, but I haven't seen weights on those yet.

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    27.5x3.8/4 vanhelga and D4 have been out for 4-5 months. They are almost an inch taller than all the other 27.5x3.8/4 tires. Weight for the 27.5 Vanhelga is 1360 grams. I have had 4 of them in my possession, and all of them pretty mch weighed the same.

    *Edit: i mistakenly put 1290 grams, which is the weight of the 26x4 vanhelga...*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    27.5x3.8/4 vanhelga and D4 have been out for 4-5 months. They are almost an inch taller than all the other 27.5x3.8/4 tires. Weight for the 27.5 Vanhelga is 1360 grams. I have had 4 of them in my possession, and all of them pretty mch weighed the same.

    *Edit: i mistakenly put 1290 grams, which is the weight of the 26x4 vanhelga...*
    What he said....again.....

    I run Hodag's on 27.5 x 65 mulefut's and they are excellent on my Carbon Suzi Q

    I run Vanhelga's on 27.5 x 80 mulefut's as my second wheelset for my Mayor

    The Vanhelga's are a great loose condition tire, but they are much taller than the Hodag's. The Hodag's are much faster on firm to hard surfaces, not sure how they will handle loose to unpacked conditions.

    Side note: the Vanhelga's profile is kinda too round on a 65mm rim for snow use, but it does fill out nicely on the 80mm rim. The Hodag's on 65mm rims are perfect.
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    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    A friend of mine just bought and weighed two Maxxis FBF EXO TR 27.5x3.8
    one was 1463, the other 1475.

    So, is it safe to say that the Hodags roll better than the Maxxis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree View Post
    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    A friend of mine just bought and weighed two Maxxis FBF EXO TR 27.5x3.8
    one was 1463, the other 1475.

    So, is it safe to say that the Hodags roll better than the Maxxis?
    Yes, the Hodag will roll much better than the FBF. And it will be about 200g lighter per tire.

    For the conditions you describe, I think the FBF and the Vanhelga would be overkill and slow you down. I think you should investigate the Hodag, Cake Eater, and D4.

    I didn't know the Vanhelga and D4 have been out for that long. Anyone have reviews or weights on the D4?

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    I like my hodags. As described they are fast and work reasonably well on packed to semi loose trails. Not so great with over 2-3" of new snow.

    Issue is that i keep poking holes in them. Also at 220 lbs it is hard to find the sweet spot with these tires. Mounted to hugo rims with 50mm internal.....

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