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Old 03-28-20, 03:28 PM
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Beginner Fat Biker

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I recently purchased a Farley 7 over winter but with towards the end of the season I was never able to get out and use it in the snow. We had abnormally warm temps in the end up here. When I had gotten the bike I planned on using it yr around and now that spring is coming near I was just wondering will the stock Bontrager Gnarwhal TLR tires okay to get by for a first season I if I don't want to spend the money on different tires(something tells me they are better in the snow tires)? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-29-20, 10:14 PM
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They look like your standard Fat bike tires, if they are not studded. Don't see the need to change them. Remember that fat bikes are not just for snow and sand. They are very fun to ride on single track and nothing can match them for "no track".

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Old 03-30-20, 12:54 PM
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Very good point, with reading on people using different tires for different seasons, I wasn't sure if you had to be technical about what you had to use or not. Thank you for the advice and I think I shall use what I have for now and down the road maybe look into different tires.
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Completely agree with Marcus, yes you can buy faster tires but nothing wrong with the Gnarwhals. Have fun out there, I also bought a new fatbike this winter and also never got out due to the mild winter here in NJ.
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Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
Completely agree with Marcus, yes you can buy faster tires but nothing wrong with the Gnarwhals. Have fun out there, I also bought a new fatbike this winter and also never got out due to the mild winter here in NJ.
What kind of bike did you get?
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Old 03-31-20, 05:43 AM
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What kind of bike did you get?
Fatback Rhino
https://shop.fatbackbikes.com/fatbac...681&quantity=1

It replaced an OnOne Fatty which has been relegated as a back up.
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Old 03-31-20, 02:56 PM
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Fatback Rhino
https://shop.fatbackbikes.com/fatbac...681&quantity=1

It replaced an OnOne Fatty which has been relegated as a back up.
I like the bike, that red is slick!
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Old 04-01-20, 10:30 PM
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There is a good case for seasonal tire change. But changing tubeless tires is a *****. I did that once and over time they stretch and were a pain to mount and seal as opposed to when they were new. So for seasonal tires, you want multiple wheelsets.

And if that is worth, depends on on how much you are riding.

For my little riding I just get tires that work well in snow, and are just OK in summer. YMMV.
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I find running two tire sets ends up leading to running two wheelsets, and running two wheelsets leads to two bikes.

So, in the summertime I just swap bikes.
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
There is a good case for seasonal tire change. But changing tubeless tires is a *****. I did that once and over time they stretch and were a pain to mount and seal as opposed to when they were new. So for seasonal tires, you want multiple wheelsets.

And if that is worth, depends on on how much you are riding.

For my little riding I just get tires that work well in snow, and are just OK in summer. YMMV.
Yeah, that is what I was afraid I would have to do, if I got different tires. I would go the route of having different wheel sets. I'll see how this summer goes with the stock tires that are on it.

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I find running two tire sets ends up leading to running two wheelsets, and running two wheelsets leads to two bikes.

So, in the summertime I just swap bikes.
I do have another bike I can run, its just not a fat bike.
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Originally Posted by pwhite View Post

I do have another bike I can run, its just not a fat bike.
Same here.

I hardly ever ride the fat bike in the summer.
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Yeah, that is what I was afraid I would have to do, if I got different tires. I would go the route of having different wheel sets. I'll see how this summer goes with the stock tires that are on it.



I do have another bike I can run, its just not a fat bike.
The Gnarwhal is a good winter tire and probably good offroad. I assume it has higher resistance on pavement. But that is the compromise and better than the other way around.

It is a fatbike, if you bastardize it with tires good for pavement, you still have a worse pavement bike than a hybrid or so. But then it also sucks offroad and in winter. Then you wonder why you got a fatbike.

Good wheelsets and tires cost as much as frame and fork, so you really need to ride a lot to make a second set worthwile. Better to have a second bike for different type of riding.

Like a Jeep, don't put slick tires on. It will suck as an F1 car.

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Old 04-03-20, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
The Gnarwhal is a good winter tire and probably good offroad. I assume it has higher resistance on pavement. But that is the compromise and better than the other way around.

It is a fatbike, if you bastardize it with tires good for pavement, you still have a worse pavement bike than a hybrid or so. But then it also sucks offroad and in winter. Then you wonder why you got a fatbike.

Good wheelsets and tires cost as much as frame and fork, so you really need to ride a lot to make a second set worthwile. Better to have a second bike for different type of riding.

Like a Jeep, don't put slick tires on. It will suck as an F1 car.
Yeah, I hear you on all those points. If I didn't already have myself an mtb, I wouldn't have gotten the fat bike. I bought the fat bike to ride both summer/winter and my mtb is for spring/summer but we'll see how much I ride the fat bike in the summer to start off with first off and go from there.
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Yeah, I hear you on all those points. If I didn't already have myself an mtb, I wouldn't have gotten the fat bike. I bought the fat bike to ride both summer/winter and my mtb is for spring/summer but we'll see how much I ride the fat bike in the summer to start off with first off and go from there.
well, the MTB could be the thinner tire bike. If you put thinner tires on the fatbike, you take away what makes it a fatbike. Like some people use 29+ wheelsets.

It really depends on type of riding and environment. All a compromise. One ride could require 5 different types of tires....
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Old 04-03-20, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
well, the MTB could be the thinner tire bike. If you put thinner tires on the fatbike, you take away what makes it a fatbike. Like some people use 29+ wheelsets.

It really depends on type of riding and environment. All a compromise. One ride could require 5 different types of tires....
Yeah, sorry. Never really thought of it like that. I am still learning here.
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