Jonah at Icycle came though as per usual and scored me the frame. I was in New Zealnd at the time (November) so I went with the status quo of REALLY fat tires, Big Fat Larrys. Those shod on Clownshoe rims are the defacto gold standard of fat.
I had not met Bud and Lou.
I was in NZ. I was out of the loop.
I went to pick up the Moonlander when we got back, and there they were. In all their sumo-esque glory.
They are fat. As in really fat.
|Senor` Lou on the left sporting a Clownshoe rim, Nate on the right with a rolling Daryl|
Quien es mas macho?
Well, certainly most of the time one does not. However, at 6'7" and 240 with all my winter gear on, I figure this set up puts me on par with average size riders running something more conventional. The nice thing about running this kind of set up, for me anyhow, is that I don't have to run low pressure to get surface area, and thats a huge advantage. For anyone really. Low pressure is the speed killer. Its what really creates drag. I was expecting lots of it (drag that is) but at 20 PSI, I didn't experience any more perceived drag than I did off of my Big Fat Larrys with 20 PSI in them (mounted on 80mm rims). What I did experience was unparalleled traction. Traction reminiscent of riding dirt in the summer with a set of 2.4s. I had been pretty happy with BFLs, and how they performed on climbs, but you can really hammer up the hills with these babies. The big test was coming out from Cantlie lake. Two sleds passed me, and I rode the chewed up trail behind them. The float was superb, but the climbing was sublime. I was able to ride up the long climb to the Grey Mountain road in the freshly churned up snow, and I know that even the BFLs would have given up the ghost in those conditions. That was the sell.
If I was going to ride the Old Dawson Trail right after the Quest went through, I would probably ride an Endo on the back and a Larry up front, pumped right up. Just because. But at any other time, with less than primo hardpack, these are going to be the tires that get mounted up.