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    recommended fat tires for loose dirt and hardpack?

    Fat tire reviews always seem to be for snow conditions.
    Can anyone recommend a 4" tire for trail riding in dirt? I'm riding a lot of loose loamy dirt and some hard pack. My HuskerDus seem to wash out on loose soil. Anything cut a good edge? Thanks!

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    If your washing out hudus then not much is going to stop you from washing out. That's a lot of tire to slide unless in gravel. Your talking going something even more aggressive which brings you into high rolling resistance.

    You may want to try dropping your air pressure and changing riding technique first to see how you do there.

    Also, may not be washing out as much as you think, fat bikes just take more effort and bit different technique to make corners. I deal with it too and it's not a washing out near as much as just trying to get the thing to corner. They aren't XC or trail bikes, don't respond as quickly and easily to rider input.

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    I rode those conditions all weekend with my Specialized Fast Track 26X4.0's. I did some hilly trails that are more hardpack than sand. It's been pretty dry so both trails were pretty loose in many areas. At 10 psi I was loosing some grip in the climbs, so today I went down to around 9 psi with no issues. I weigh about 180lbs. In sandy trails I can increase the pressure without issues. I'm assuming you want speed if you were using Husker Du's. I used those when they first came out for a couple years, got frustrated when hitting mud with those, became instant slicks. I haven't had that issue with the Fast Tracks. A lot of people around me also use the Schwalbe 4.0 JJ. I have the 4.8's on wider rims, which work well in hardpack also. Last year I used Hodags, great all purpose tire, but I wish they made it 120 tpi. At times the Hodags were a bit too aggressive for me on some hardpack trails.

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    This is going to come down to personal preference and riding style.

    You may need to tweak your psi and riding style. I run tires with very little tread (almost bald right now) and it takes a lot to wash them out. Especially once you find the right psi.
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    What pressure are you running the Hudus at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigris99 View Post
    If your washing out hudus then not much is going to stop you from washing out. That's a lot of tire to slide unless in gravel.
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    Learn how to corner - and I'm not saying that to be a jerk.
    Make sure your weight distribution/technique is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flucod View Post
    Has to be tire pressure, I corner faster on my Fatty then my old DH rig and still have not found the break loose in any type of soil yet.
    Yep. If I run my 4.8 Knard too hard, I can make that tire drift.
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    Try the 4.0 Jumbo Jim. I had a HuskerDo on the rear and found the traction lacking. The Jumbo Jim has way more traction and rolls just as good.

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