And it’s not a Fireball!
A new cruiser and custom bike company called 3G Bikes is making a 24x3 slick tire called the Hoggy-G. The tire is similar to the Ritchey Moby tire, but it’s fatter and is 24". The sidewall on the tire says it’s 3.45" wide, but the sidewalls on tires always lie. If you measure the width it’s actually around 2.6" wide which makes it about as wide as the 3" downhill tires. I didn’t measure the tire carefully so don’t quote me on the 2.6" width for it. This tire has a round profile. The Dyno Fireball has a much flatter and square profile. The rounder profile on the Hoggy-G should make it a better tire than the Fireball for general riding around. Don’t know if the rounder profile would make it better for trials or not. It would be interesting to see that tire side by side with a Dyno Fireball to compare them.
I have no idea how they came up with the 3.45" number on the sidewall. 3.45" would be HUGE and the tire is not that big. It does have a lot of air volume though. It’s definitely bigger than the Maxxis Hookworm. It may or may not be bigger than the Fireball.
3G Bikes web site is at <http://www.3gbikes.com/>
Navigate through the Flash, select The Bikes Etc, Components, and then Tires.
I saw the tire at the Seattle Bike Swap (an annual bike flea market type thing in Seattle). Distribution for the bikes and stuff is just getting setup here in the USA. Parts and stuff aren’t generally available yet, but the tire should be available in a few months.
He’s going to be at the Seattle Bike Expo in two weeks (February 28-March 2) showing off the bikes. I’ll remind myself to bring a tape measure to get a more accurate width measurement for the tire. Jeff Lenosky is going to be doing trials demos at the Expo too. What a deal!
A guesstimate for the price of the tire is $30 or maybe a little more. In any event, it’s gonna be cheaper than what the Fireball is going for now.