TIRE PRESSURES FOR FAT BIKES
“I think the most important thing about fat bikes is tire pressure.
People should not be afraid to experiment. A low-pressure gauge
(1– 15 psi) is a good investment. If a fat tire is over-inflated, say
15 psi, it will bounce like a basketball on a dry dirt trail, or it will
drift in the turns on snowpack. The fat bike tire-pressure range is
about 5–12 psi—more for heavier riders and less for light riders.
When the pressure is low, there is extra rolling resistance and a
heavy steering feel through the handlebars. On dry, rocky trails it’s
important to run enough air so that the tire does not bottom out
and pinch the tube or damage the rim. I like to start a ride with my
pressure on the high end, say 9–10 psi, and then I will let air out
to suit the trail conditions.” —Ned
At It Again
This interesting photo emerged from John “Johnny T” Tomac,
one of the most influential riders in the history of the sport. His
Tomac brand of bikes has been unavailable for the past few
seasons, but may be showing signs of a resurgence with this
new fat bike. Details are scarce so far, but should be coming
shortly. Keep an eye peeled for the full release soon.
We have been getting
quite a few requests to
do an affordable trailbike
shootout, and the time has
finally come. In our March
issue we will be comparing
six different trailbikes with
varying travel and wheel
sizes, and we even have a
couple hardtails in the mix.
With an average price of
$2600, we have acquired a
competitive group of bikes
that’s sure to make this one
of the best shootouts yet.
Keep an eye out for our next
issue to see which bike is
the best overall. o
The Shootout Is Coming
Photo by Pam Overend