Fat bike tires inspire almost religious adherence to a particular credence. Denominations include Dillinger Disciples, Bud and Lou Congregationalists, and myriad other belief systems based on different tires, rim widths, tubed or tubeless set-ups and tire pressure.
We are sharing a few of our tire practices here for your consideration. No matter your subscription, we encourage open-mindedness and an accepting place to share your own method of snow salvation.
Jason Whittaker. 2013 Salsa Beargrease.
Tires: Dillinger 5 Front, 45North Van Helga Rear.
Rims: Fatback Uma 70mm.
PSI Range: 5psi on groomed, 2.5 for loose conditions
"I run the Dillinger 5 up front and Van Helga in the back. The extra width is awesome for control in the front. The tread of the Van Helga is great and can stand on climbs where I couldn't before."
Dan Curnayn. 2015 Salsa Blackborrow Dinglespeed.
Tires: Surly Lou Front, Surly Lou Rear (Church of the Double Lou)
Rims: 100mm Surly Clown Shoes
PSI Range: 2-4psi, never more
Dan spends more time bush-whackin' than anyone, and his tire choice is a direct reflection of that occupation. Maximum floatation, maximum traction and very low tire pressure.
Cody Sovis. 2013 Salsa Frankengrease. Dillinger Disciple.
Tires: 45North Dillinger 4 Front and Rear
Rims: 80mm Surly Holy Rolling Darylls
PSI Range: 3-5 psi
"The best all-round, year-round tire, in my opinion. I ride 4psi most of the time so I am comfortable with how the tire is going to grip and maybe slide a little. Ride something and get used to it!"