After struggling through the mud and snow, the long wait for my new tires was finally over today!
Charlie the bike monger had my bud and Lou 4.8" tires in stock!
Next day delivery is a godsend....
Old BFL 4.7" measure out at around 4.3" to edge of tread...
After 1,700 miles they look ok but the grip just isn't there anymore, the knobblier bits are rounded off, making wet ground dangerously naughty.
Old BFLs come in at 1480grams and 1460grams, so wasn't fussed when the Lou was 1580grams and bud came in at 1540grams
Worst of the side walls, not bad actually, seen worse on bikes with 500 miles.
Bit of a difference.....
Even before they settle they are big!
Rear tire has plenty of clearance, even when wheel is forward in stays.
Loads of room in fork....
Moony rear stays are wide!
All the gears clear, still a good few mm space
2.3" versus 4.8"
2014 surly straggler
2012 surly moonlander
14 badboy 14 carbon beargrease 13 jones spaceframe 14 straggler, 05 pugsley, 13 pugsley, 12 moonlander, 13 krampus x2, 13 fargo 2, 11 surly pugsley, 01 Volvo Cannondale, 01 dekerf limited, 98 cannondale caad2, 94 san andreas, 96 san andreas, 93 pace rc200 f3, 08 Ti moots rigormootis, 93 Ti merlin xlm, 09 Ti jeff jones spaceframe, 93 fat chance yo eddy (ex dave hemming), 11 salsa mukluk, 00 scott octane, 03 stumpjumper comp, 07 s-works fsr carbon, 08 revolution triad 2, 94 claud butler kylami, 96 cannondale m500, 93 townsend, 07 scott scale 30 carbon, 92 CR dogs bolx, 09 hooligan 1, 99 trek 6500, 10 badboy