And you know what else sucks? Heavy 29er tires. I've run 29″ DH casing Maxxis,
and it's like swapping the air in your tires with water. Makes the bike feel
horrible, even at high speed. If you're comparing 29″ tires to 650+, then I
can already tell you that heavier sidewalls on 650+ will suck. Couldn't agree
more with Jerry.
I think it comes down to rider skill and speed. If you're fast, you crush
tires when you hit stuff hard. The current 2.3-2.5″ volume, high pressure
setup is tailor made for you. You ride fast enough to deform the high pressure
tire, and deformation creates traction.
If you're slow, you don't go fast enough to significantly deform 2.3″ tires,
and by contrast plus sized tires at low pressure feel amazing: they deform
around stuff, don't deflect you off line, and don't sap speed via trail
chatter. You also don't go fast enough to discover when they suck.
Thanks for the great review go out to Dave and Seb, and the guys at NSMB for
dreaming up this dual-review. Great article.
Fun fact: that "pressing charges" thing you mentioned about the US, the one
where victims can choose whether or not to press charges, is a TV myth
invented to create drama. There is no such law on the books in America.
Charges are pressed or not pressed at the sole discretion of the prosecuting
I don't see why you would choose a fat bike to go ride the trails. At all.
Call me conservative and old fashioned, but I think the burden of evidence
lies with the people pushing the new fangled product, not with me sitting
comfortably on my laurels enjoying things the way they are.
To date, every fat bike I've ever seen out on the trails had a flat tire later
in the day. That's a bad first impression.
Also Luis, the "minimizing expenses maximizing revenue" thing is a total
copout. We're talking about Redbull here, which spends more on events in a
given year than the combined GDP of all the South Pacific island nations. Red
Bull's expenses for events go something like this "buy everything you need to
make it perfect. No, change that, buy two of everything." Great post Cam, and
I guarantee you this gets read by the suits at big blue.