27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

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27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby santaclausersolo » May 17th, 2018, 9:44 am

Had a specialized Fatboy with Ground Controls, they seemed to work fairly well for my intended useage in snow. Studs would be nice for ice.

Looking to get another fatbike, found a few with 27.5 tires and want to insure I can get a decent fat tire that will work well in snow.

No intentions of riding this bike on dirt or in the summer time, so that's not a factor in tire decisions.

Suggestions?
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby deuxdiesel » May 17th, 2018, 11:11 am

Bontrager has several models, plus Vittoria and some other tire mfgs. Are you looking at 3.8's or 4.5's?
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby santaclausersolo » May 17th, 2018, 11:15 am

I assume for snow I'd prefer the wider the better.
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby Happy2BRiding » May 17th, 2018, 11:28 am

Without sitting down and doing an internet search myself the only 27.5 tire I know of that comes wider than 4.0 is the Bontrager Berbegazi. I have a set of both the 27.5x4.5 Berbegazis and 27.5x3.8 Hodags for my fat bike and find the 4.5's make a huge difference in the snow.

Maxxis makes a couple models that come in 27.5x4.0"
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby c0nsumer » May 17th, 2018, 11:48 am

santaclausersolo wrote:I assume for snow I'd prefer the wider the better.


...and knobbier. Wider tires tend to float, but if they don't hook up it's meh.
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby santaclausersolo » May 17th, 2018, 12:15 pm

Happy2BRiding wrote:Without sitting down and doing an internet search myself the only 27.5 tire I know of that comes wider than 4.0 is the Bontrager Berbegazi. I have a set of both the 27.5x4.5 Berbegazis and 27.5x3.8 Hodags for my fat bike and find the 4.5's make a huge difference in the snow.

Maxxis makes a couple models that come in 27.5x4.0"

gnarwhals

27x4.5

It appears I am leaning in this direction. Bike has the barbaghazi's on it now, they don't look beefy enough for snow, but i'll see, they are 4.7's
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby c0nsumer » May 17th, 2018, 12:37 pm

I'd try the Barbegazis. I had them on 26" fatbike and when I tried them in the snow was surprised. They were pretty decent.
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby Happy2BRiding » May 17th, 2018, 1:03 pm

santaclausersolo wrote:
Happy2BRiding wrote:Without sitting down and doing an internet search myself the only 27.5 tire I know of that comes wider than 4.0 is the Bontrager Berbegazi. I have a set of both the 27.5x4.5 Berbegazis and 27.5x3.8 Hodags for my fat bike and find the 4.5's make a huge difference in the snow.

Maxxis makes a couple models that come in 27.5x4.0"

gnarwhals

27x4.5

It appears I am leaning in this direction. Bike has the barbaghazi's on it now, they don't look beefy enough for snow, but i'll see, they are 4.7's


Oh yeah forgot about the Gnarwhals....

The 27.5 version of the Berbegazi is a 4.5". Which btw on my 65mm external width rims measure more like 4.25". The 3.8 Hodags on my 65mm external width rims are just over 3.5".
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby Josh McCreedy » May 17th, 2018, 1:55 pm

I liked the Barbegazis on my Farley. On groomed trails, they're a bit more to get rolling, but they gave me a lot more confidence than the Hodags.

They don't have a lot of meat, but I like them as all-arounders and for occasional races.
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby amadkins » May 17th, 2018, 2:01 pm

I have a fair bit of snow time on 26x4.7 Barbegazis and 27.5x4.5 Gnarwhals.

Any deeper than 2-3” inches, the Barbegazis get over matched quickly. The Gnarwals fared much better and performed pretty well up to about 7-8” of fresh stuff.

The Gnarwhals weren’t quite as good in deep fresh powder as Bud and Lou, but they were better than Bud and Lou on footprints. I encounter footprints much more than I do brand new powder.
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Re: 27.5 fat bike snow tire options?

Postby santaclausersolo » May 17th, 2018, 2:36 pm

amadkins wrote:I have a fair bit of snow time on 26x4.7 Barbegazis and 27.5x4.5 Gnarwhals.

Any deeper than 2-3” inches, the Barbegazis get over matched quickly. The Gnarwals fared much better and performed pretty well up to about 7-8” of fresh stuff.

The Gnarwhals weren’t quite as good in deep fresh powder as Bud and Lou, but they were better than Bud and Lou on footprints. I encounter footprints much more than I do brand new powder.


Good info. My riding area will primarily be private property with snowshoe grooming as an option. The other option is a fairly well snow shoe'd, skied county park, and then lastly of course local trails. Gnarwhals sound like they'd be a better option than the barbegazi's.
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