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Old 04-16-12, 08:02 AM   #1
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Looking for Big Dummy tires 2.3 - 2.5

We're getting a Big Dummy in a few weeks for hauling our daughter. We live on a gravel road and ride a lot of gravel to stay away from traffic. I'm a big fan of wide tires. I'm looking for recommendations for 2.3 - 2.5 inches wide tires that roll well but have some tread. Something like a Kenda Small Block. An extra bonus would be puncture protection and a heavy sidewall so I don't have to change a flat while trying to keep a todddler happy. Everything that I've found so far that's puncture resistant is too narrow and/or too smooth.

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I like the Schwalbe "Fat Frank" series, they roll very very well and the kevlar seems to fend off the worst thorns and cactus needles. A kind of a BMX style tread pattern works great in sand, gravel and especially pavement. http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1330
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I really like my Big Apples, they are certainly the smoothest tires I have ridden and have been great with puncture resistance (no flats in a little over 1000 miles so far) They do not have tread but I have ridden single track on them with surprisingly good results, low pressure with a wide footprint provides a good amount of grip.
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+1.

Big Apples (Fat Frank) work just fine on gravel.
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Tread will in no way help whatsoever in gravel, and in almost all certainty will be detrimental. Tread is only useful in sand, snow, and mud. Pavement, gravel, hard-pack dirt, grass, etc are all better with minimal to no tread. If what you're riding on doesn't leave a distinct tread pattern when you ride over it, as snow or mud would , tread doesn't help. It's a bit over a month old now, but if you haven't got a set of tires, look into Big Apples or Fat Franks for sure.

I ride my Big Apples over gravel all the time, and they do very well. Tread on gravel tends to put pressure on the edges of the gravel unevenly, which tends to cause the individual rocks to spin or twist or roll to the side as you ride over them. The rocks moving around as you ride over them is unnerving and can cause you to lose control and crash. Large, smooth, slick tires like Big Apples (when run at a lower pressure, such as 20 psi or so) deform a bit when riding over the individual rocks, and tends to not have them move underneath you as you ride.
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I rock the Fat Franks. I find them to be at home on all surfaces.
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at the moment I'm on a set of Sefras Drifters in 2.0" on my BD
I know they aren't +2.3"
I'm on a set of WTB LaserDisc DH rims, they are about 32mm wide, so that 2.0" tyre sits fairly wide.

those drifters are under $40 each. I've been using them off an on for over 2years now. I haven't owned a car for almost 10 years now.
bang for the buck, Drifters are really hard to beat.

another tyre I like are WTB Mutano Raptors in 2.4", however, they are really a true MTB tyre. the compound is fairly soft/sticky, in the dirt they are awesome, on the pavement they roll fairly well, but with any decent cargo weight they grind away. Paved climbs eat tyres like this.

another tyre that I've been very curious to try are Schwalbe Super Moto

I just ordered a set of Schwalbe Marathon Extreme in 2.35"
these tyres have had years of great reviews. I have a feeling these tyres are going to be just what I'm looking for.
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