My MUni buddy Carl says I have a fat tire fettish, and maybe he’s right. But for
the trials/MUni/snow stuff I like to do, fat is much better than skinny. There’s
something good about a fat knobby that can quickly kick the dirt/mud/snow right
out of your tire. Yet I’ve not seen a complete fat tire page for the uni
community, so I’ve created one. Check it out at
Fat tires are the domain of the 24" and 26" wheel. If you’re using a standard
20" rim you’re limited to a width of about 2.25". It seems like bmx’ers don’t do
fat tires. At least you’ll have little problem with tire clearance of your
frame. The other option is the combo Monty 20" tire and Monty 16" rim, which
will run your $110CAD. You’ll then have to get a uni hub and spoke it.
Both 24" and 26" wheels can go up a width of 3". All these tires have a knobby
tread. 24" knobby tires have become more popular as more downhill mtb riders
convert from 26" wheels for a variety of reasons. They can go to 24", get a
wider 3" tire and still be able to fit it into their frame. As a result there
are more 24" knobbies on the market for us.
Pay attention to the tread pattern of the tire. Widely spaced knobs will kick
out guck more efficiently, giving you better traction in mud/snow. Small spaced
knobs will grip dirt better in dry conditions, but will quickly clog with mud,
making your tire lose grip in mud. I’ve read that small spaced knobs in neat
little rows are better for trials. It depends on what conditions you ride.
Then there is the weight problem. The wider the rim and fatter the tire, the
heavier the sucker, which means that if you need to hop, and you will, it’ll be
heavier than a thinner tire. Kris uses tires that are 1.5kg/3.3lbs each. Luckily
he only needs one. I’ve listed all the tire weights I could find.
If you’ve heard of a fat tire and it’s not on my tire page, e-mail
TorontoUnicyclists@Canada.com and I’ll research it and update the page. Try to
include the manufacturer’s web site. You’d be amazed at the lack of information
that some manufacturers publish on the web. Kinda makes you wonder if you should
purchase their products.
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