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pardon my ignorance, if it be such...but it seems to me that the largest 29er tires out there right now are in the 2.3" range. why is this? we have 26" tire options up to 2.7" and 3"...are most 29er frames not suited for bigger than 2.3"? is it just that no tire companies are making anything larger yet? i don't want to have to resort to a pugsley for riding fresh snow...it would be really great to see a 2.7" or larger 29er tire.

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ink1373 said:
...are most 29er frames not suited for bigger than 2.3"? is it just that no tire companies are making anything larger yet?...
Both, and each needs the other before it will happen.
 

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and you will find that we've all been screaming for bigger 29" tires for ... well, ever. Before the ExiWolf came along earlier this year, things were even worse. I don't think most tire companies view tires bigger than 2.3" as suitable for XC use, and they will only make something bigger for the DH/FR market. And the 29" DH/FR market barely exists -- yet.

What Shiggy said: no one is making 29" DH/FR bikes partly because the tires don't exist, and no one is making 29" DH/FR tires because the bikes (except for maybe the Behemoth?) don't exist.

I don't think the tire makers are completely stupid here -- most 2.5-ish or larger tires wouldn't clear the chainstays of most current bikes, so even if such a tire came out people would only buy ONE -- for the front -- rather than two. For the same tooling cost as a big tire, they could come out with a 2.0-2.3 and double their potential market. Personally I think such thinking is misguided -- since there aren't yet, the first one to market will have no competition and will sell way better than just another tire in the crowded 2.1 field.

And I hear ya, especially for snowriding. My KM's fork will easily clear a 3.0. In fact, I've been known to ride a 26x3.0 on my KM, although it drops the front end a bit too much. My ideal fattie would be something with a moderate weight casing like the Endomorph, in a true 3.0 size (but not 3.7), with a little more knob than the Endomorph but not too much more. Would be perfect for snow and deep sand. Um, I'm not holding my breath.
 

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...And I hear ya, especially for snowriding. My KM's fork will easily clear a 3.0. In fact, I've been known to ride a 26x3.0 on my KM, although it drops the front end a bit too much. My ideal fattie would be something with a moderate weight casing like the Endomorph, in a true 3.0 size (but not 3.7), with a little more knob than the Endomorph but not too much more. Would be perfect for snow and deep sand. Um, I'm not holding my breath.
I would like to see Surly spec a "Mesomorph" in a 29 x 2.5-2.75 and a mid-weight casing.
 
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