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    Need advice on selecting snow tires for Boris X7

    I have a Boris X7 and am getting snow tires for the first time. The stock tires are 26" by 4". (80mm rims)

    I am looking at 45NRTH Vanhelga 26 x 4.0" 120tpi Tubeless Folding tires.

    Someone at a bike shop recommended the Bontrager Gnarlwhal 26 x 3.8" Team issue TLR tires.

    I'm a newbie to snow tires on my fatbike. I will be riding on fresh snow rather than groomed trails and a little on streets since I live a mile from the bike path. I am in Michigan. What do you think? Any recommendations? I'd like to stay under $130/tire.

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    Is 4.0 the biggest tire you can fit? Also are you riding groomed trails or regular hiked in trails? 3.8 seems like a poor choice if your goal is to ride in snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatso View Post
    Is 4.0 the biggest tire you can fit? Also are you riding groomed trails or regular hiked in trails? 3.8 seems like a poor choice if your goal is to ride in snow.
    The bike has a 170mm rear triangle, so 4.8" tires are out. Gnarwhal's are fine tires for the snow, even at 3.8" and have the benefit of being studable.

    Vanhelga's are awesome non-studable tires.

    Terrene Wazia's are another studable tire to consider.

    Michigan? What part?

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    If I lived in Michigan and needed a 26 x 4" tire, and was going to be riding street to get to trail, I'd want studs.

    45N Dillinger 4 and/or Bontrager Gnarwhal are both good choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    If I lived in Michigan and needed a 26 x 4" tire, and was going to be riding street to get to trail, I'd want studs.

    45N Dillinger 4 and/or Bontrager Gnarwhal are both good choices.
    Agreed. Streets + "bike path" = ice. OP should consider something with studs, or at least stud ready. I have had good luck with D4's myself.

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    Measure the rear triangle at the chain and seat stays and see how much room is available. Iíd recommend buying the biggest tires that will fit. 45North canít measure tires for shit, Iíve got a set of D5ís that have 4.8 clearly molded into the sidewall and they are only 4 3/8Ē wide on 100mm clownshoe wheels. I donít know if the D4ís run true to size of not. For the price of the D5ís and not particularly impressed. They totally suck in wet mashed potato snow, they donít have much traction in dry snow conditions and are skinny for their marked tire size. Pluses they roll fast and are awesome on ice but just have not proven themselves very versatile for my riding. I wouldnít recommend them.

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    45Nrth Dunderbeist and Flowbeist. Love, love, love them. If on a plowed street/road, ride them around 5 psi. If in the woods on a trail, probably around 4 psi. If on a soft trail, ride them around 3 psi. Great traction. Point the bike in the direction you want to go, and start pedaling. Simple as that.
    I have a 2015 Framed Minnesota 3.0WT. They fit beautifully.
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