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  • #31
    Not quite a true fatty, but I put a Vee 3" tyre on my G29 for use over the winter, and I actually quite liked it. It obviously made things slow compared to the Marathon Supreme, and I had to run my long crank holes to get any control over it, but I loved how I could literally ride it anywhere comfortably. It handled road camber like crap, and made a racket on tarmac, but I'll definitely switch back to it once the season of (road) cycling events is over in my city!
    “It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.”

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    • #32
      Ya, I'm rolling real ones but I'm only riding plus sizes. 3"-3 1/4"

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      • #33
        Mee too

        I'm also riding a plus tire. G26 wih 3.5" fast rolling road tire. It makes my XC quite easy than before it

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        • #34
          tyre pressure

          Originally posted by Onewheelhenni View Post
          7 km (half XC and half road) feel like 12 km on a KH27.5.
          Hello Hendrik, play with the tyre pressure.
          Increase the pressure by 0.2 atm and 7 km on the hatchet will feel like 9 km on the KH 27.5.
          On my fatbike I use to ride 0.8 atm in soft conditions and 1.2 atm in hard conditions. But most of the time I ride 1.0 atm.
          I have too less experiences riding my hatchet for longer distances, so you have to play with the pressure by yourself.

          Georg
          Oldest kid in town - neighbour

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Vogelfrei80 View Post
            I'm also riding a plus tire. G26 wih 3.5" fast rolling road tire. It makes my XC quite easy than before it
            How do you find a 3.5" 'fast rolling road tyre' behaves? I always find the bigger the tyre, the worse it is for road camber. Also curious to know how quick it is compared to a skinny one
            “It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.”

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            • #36
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              • #37
                Originally posted by Piece Maker View Post
                How do you find a 3.5" 'fast rolling road tyre' behaves? I always find the bigger the tyre, the worse it is for road camber. Also curious to know how quick it is compared to a skinny one
                Cannot give you a speed comparison: I'm a beginner unicyclist (1 year and an half) so no high speed for me. I could say that little bumps on the road now doesn't exist anymore making my ride more easy. I can also wobble lot less than with a 2.1" tire. I feel the increased traction on little uphill but cannot decide about the drag... it's completely different from a low-mid pressure gravel XC setup than with a mid-high pressure road setup. I'm using a Veetire Speedster

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                • #38
                  I got a hatchet for Christmas. I started riding with the tire pumped up pretty high. That is >15 psi or so. It worked great on the packed snow trails I was riding on. I had no problems. The packed snow it like riding on concrete - nice and smooth.

                  The snow melted and I discovered that I should ride with lower pressure! When I hit my first root, I was bounced right off the uni! Now I am trying to ride with around 10 psi. Yet, I still feel quite a bounce, but I can stay on. Trails in Maine are known for being rooty.
                  Last edited by Jigywigy; 2018-04-16, 12:56 AM.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Jigywigy View Post
                    I got a hatchet for Christmas. I started riding with the tire pumped up pretty high. That is >15 psi or so. It worked great on the packed snow trails I was riding on. I had no problems. The packed snow it like riding on concrete - nice and smooth.

                    The snow melted and I discovered that I should ride with lower pressure! When I hit my first root, I was bounced right off the uni! Now I am trying to ride with around 10 psi. Yet, I still feel quite a bounce, but I can stay on. Trails in Maine are known for being rooty.
                    Or you could just learn how to handle bumps, then you wouldn't have to ride extremely low tire pressures, have a lot of rolling resistance, difficulties making sharp turns, and general weird floatiness...
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by finnspin View Post
                      Or you could just learn how to handle bumps, then you wouldn't have to ride extremely low tire pressures, have a lot of rolling resistance, difficulties making sharp turns, and general weird floatiness...
                      I agree with finnspin, and add that riding on an extremely forgiving tire may actually interfere with learning how to handle bumps. I don't own a fatty, so maybe I'm not qualified to comment on this thread. Nevertheless, over time I've moved from a wider, lower pressure tire to a narrower, higher pressure tire. When I experiment with lower pressure, certain conditions are improved, but the overall responsiveness goes to hell (problems alluded to by finnspin, above). Some newbies are attracted to fat tires, I think, because they allow them to succeed riding over obstacles. Beware of this kind of success. It's not really you succeeding, it's the tire.

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                      • #41
                        Like cars, if you want to drive a Hummer or want a Range Rover, it's no different than with a muni. These vehicles achieve the same thing with different gear.

                        I think if you can roll over whatever you choose to with the gear you have then you are successful.

                        I also adjust my psi depending on the ride. I want different characteristics for different conditions.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Canoeheadted View Post
                          Like cars, if you want to drive a Hummer or want a Range Rover, it's no different than with a muni. These vehicles achieve the same thing with different gear.

                          I think if you can roll over whatever you choose to with the gear you have then you are successful.

                          I also adjust my psi depending on the ride. I want different characteristics for different conditions.
                          A Hummer is going to use a lot more fuel. Same applies to your fat tire.

                          I agree there is an optimum pressure for particular riding conditions. However, my rides typically involve rapidly changing conditions, so I have to compromise with a particular pressure, which for me is on the higher side.

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                          • #43
                            I ride on the higher side of average too. I like the efficiency.
                            The only time I drop it down is for pure downhill or winter float.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by finnspin View Post
                              Or you could just learn how to handle bumps, then you wouldn't have to ride extremely low tire pressures, have a lot of rolling resistance, difficulties making sharp turns, and general weird floatiness...

                              That is true, but in comparison to my 26 inch non-fatty it still has quite a bounce, even at 10 psi. I tried 10 psi over the last week. I can easily roll over roots in total control and at good speeds on my 2.5 inch. However, hitting those same roots at the same speed, the hatchet is still very bouncy. I love riding it, as it is a great workout, but for summer riding there is quite a loss of control. It is wonderful on the beach or on a packed snow trail.

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