Sexy isn’t a word attached to Fatbikes yet…
That Specialized is making a tire for fatbikes is likely bigger than the Fatboy itself. The tires will probably revolutionize the Fatbike niche in the industry. Guitar Ted and I have been chatting about this and he agrees. See his take on a post from Twenty Nine Inches. Also interesting that the Fatboy has clearances for 5.8” tires with a 190mm spaced rear and a racing bike geometry. That’s the do anything fun part I experienced riding it, and again, what I called for in my Fatbike ride for Wired.
To the tires, I asked Spesh for more details and they replied with this slide from the launch presentation and bullets
- Size: 26×4.8”
- Tread: Based on our Ground Control tread for a good intermediate tread pattern. This is the only tire/tread we’re offering in this initial intro into the market, so we wanted a solid all-around tire that would work well in a variety of terrain/conditions.
- TPI: 120tpi
- Bead: Kevlar folding bead
- Weight: TBD
- Price: TBD
- Aftermarket availability: Yes, but delivery date to shops is TBD as well
- Tube: Our own Presta valve tube design, also available aftermarket
Ya think that’s stiff, perhaps?