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Fat Tire Breakdown



Remember when all that was out there was the Surly Endomorph and we were stoked?  Those days are gone and now you have a choice of Fat Bike tires.  So choose your weapon accordingly. – before you decide to drop in on some new rubber, check out this quick Fat Tire breakdown:

Surly Endomorph

This is the tire that started the fat bike revolution and relegated sewn together, home made fatties to folk lore. The Surly Endomorph at 3.7 inches was the only tire available for many years. It has a shallow, fast rolling tread pattern that works especially well for the rear wheel on packed surfaces. This tire is still revered by some as their favorite tire to run because of its weight and speed.  2012 is rumored to be the final year for this tire as newer and better performing tires come out.  Get one while they last!

Surly Larry

The Larry at 3.8 inches was the second tire introduced by Surly. This tire has more of a mountain bike directional tread pattern. Some choose to run this tire both on the front and rear, but we prefer it as a front tire. The Larry provides much better steering stability as compared to the Endomorph which tends to loose traction more easily when changing direction.

Surly Big Fat Larry

At 4.7 inches the BFL is the widest fat tire offering and shares the same tread patter as its smaller brethren the Larry. The BFL is best suited to be run on a 90 or 100mm width rim to achieve the widest, flattest tire profile. The BFL is being run by many in the area for the softer conditions. Some are choosing to run the BFL front and rear while others are just using it in the front. Those just using it in the front contend that the wider tire allows for better steering in firm and soft conditions and adds stability to the handling.  If you’re not looking to go out in the deeper snow, stick with the ROL (regular ‘ol Larry) for more speed.

Surly Nate

If you want your bike to look Bad Ass, mount up a Nate or two.  The Nate at 3.8 inches is a new tire for this year and is truly inspired by dirt oriented mountain bike tires. The large center paddle grips extremely well in soft snow conditions however and there is a good amount of side knob traction. This tire will be a good alternative for those looking to ride their fat bike on the dirt come summer.  But beware, the tractor tire sound on firm trails or roads is really the sound of your mph dropping…

45NRTH Husker Du

The newly introduced Hu Du, Husk, or HD as it is known, is labeled 3.8″ wide and provides a wider profiled knobby tire. The knobs on the Hu Du aren’t as deep as the Nate but there are more of them providing potentially better handling. This tire will be faster rolling than the Nate due to the tread pattern despite being a little wider. The Hu Du is quickly becoming the most popular tire for the dirt user and we’re thinking this will be the perfect tire for someone looking for the year round, 1 tire that does it all.  The HD is also the lightest tire out there these days.  I’ve got 30 miles on a set in soft conditions and they performed just as good as the Larry/Endo combo.

Call down to the shop if you want to demo a Larry or Husker Du.  If you have an older Pugs, spice things up with a new Fatty or two!



2 Responses to “Fat Tire Breakdown”

  1. kohl says:

    Are they ever going to come out with a 24″ fat tire so I can put in on my surly unicycle?

  2. Fitzy says:

    I hope so because we need kids Fat Bikes and wheels for kid trailers too!

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