FAT FRONT TIRES, GOOD OR BAD? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

WHO YOU CALLING FAT?
Dear Mr. Know-It-All,
I’ve been researching front tires and want to know why some guys run a larger front tire, such as the Goldentyre 216AA Fatty, rather than a normal-sized 80/100×21. I’m a desert rider, and everyone here is talking about them.

Richard Brown      Via [email protected]

Well, to make a short story long, we actually heard about this tire from Ty Davis several years ago. Ty lives and rides in the high desert and told us that the larger footprint and wider carcass not only handle rocky terrain with an enhanced feel, allowing him to run lower air pressures since it has taller sidewalls, but are a real advantage in the sand. The tire stays on top and doesn’t dig like the sharper 80/100×21, making for better manners at speed. Since then, we have become huge believers in the GT Fatty, especially when we run it with a bib mousse or Tubliss. It offers great grip, flexes nicely and works well where we ride.  Hi-Point makes a similar tire, available through Chaparral. On the flip side, some of the top extreme racers do not like the tire’s ability to float on top of the terrain, lamenting that they lose cornering feel. They will run the standard Goldentyre 216AA.

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