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    Tires for commuting on an ICT

    Any recommendations on tires for commuting using the clown shoes I'm not ready to build a new wheelset just yet. Thinking about the nards or something comparable. I'm just not sure on what size. My commute is roads with some trail at the start. About 8 miles overall only about a mile and a half is in the trails.

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    I'd go 4.8 Knards on the 100s.

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    Or Big Fat Larry's

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Or Big Fat Larry's
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    Was looking for a similar tire (for riding on hard pack and pavement) and this seemed to be the route most people recommended.

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    Go on craigslist and buy an old Rockhopper or Trek 850 for $100.

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    BFL for sure.

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    I've been a 100% bike commuter for five years and a 100% fat bike commuter for three years and here's what I've found.

    Knards are a good, fast roller, but my last one lasted only one summer before it was completely bald. Purchased in late May and retired late august.

    Endo- good pavement roller, but also quick wearing.

    Hodag - not bad on pavement. Haven't had this one long enough to bald it out, but after a generally snowless winter I can see significant wear on the tire.

    Vee 8 - short term riding this tire, but rolls really fast and shows no wear yet, but less than 500 miles on it. Not great on mud or ice, but grips most other surfaces well.

    Devist8er ul- just put this on on Friday to test. Fairly fast on pavement, good grip on most surfaces, cheap, and supposedly durable.

    Nate- not a favorite for commuting. Love it on the trail, though.

    My criteria is for a tire that can standup to the demands of daily commuting and still allow me to ride all kinds of trail - single, double, fire roads - techy and non techy alike. I also will take the weight penalty if I can get more than one summer out of them.

    Front tires, obviously last longer and I've been rolling the same Larry up front for two years now.

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    Really liked the all around versatility of my Maxis Mammoths, roll well on pavement and have decently good grip on the trail too. I'm excited to use them once the snow melts for the long way home with singletrack, dirt roads and back roads.

    If it was mostly pavent I'd choose a Vee8
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    My buddy uses a larry and an endo on his ICT for commuting. I'd probably go with the BFL.
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    What don't you like about the bud/lou combo? I have been commuting on my ICT since a week now, and im only about 2 mph slower overall, compared to my CX or track bike.
    I'm curious about your findings, as i'm contemplating multiple upgrades already.

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    Innova spider tire
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    V rubber makes a 3.5" slick. 6 miles of pave on a fat bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OocH View Post
    What don't you like about the bud/lou combo? I have been commuting on my ICT since a week now, and im only about 2 mph slower overall, compared to my CX or track bike.
    I'm curious about your findings, as i'm contemplating multiple upgrades already.
    My main objective in not using the Bud/Lou is to save them for next winter and not burn them out on the road. If I plan on taking them off I figured Id get something with a bit less rolling resistance. Though I agree I don't expect the difference to be earth shattering. I generally don't pay much attention to things like rolling resistance cause I am not out there to win any races.

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    I'd stay with 5" tires, I'm going to run Knard rear BFL front on my blackborow

    Same thing I ran last year on the 4" bike (knard 3.8 rear and larry 3.8 front)
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    I haven't had a chance to ride with my Panaracer Fat B Nimbles yet (stupid weather) but the tread pattern should be a decent all around tire. Even if they wear out fast you can get the 60 tpi version for under $60 a piece. "Only" a 4" tire, but something to look at.

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