Written by Wally Wallace Tuesday, 27 October 2015 18:21
Bikeman has been a fan of the fat bike since the beginning. When the fine folks at Surly decided to make the first purpose built fat bike tire, the Endomorph, about a decade ago, they opened a whole new category of bikes. Their vision to see the benefits of larger volume tires kicked off the +size tire revolution we are currently enjoying.
We live here in the Maine, a state known for it’s long hard winters. With tons of icy trails, frozen ponds, and miles of groomed snowmobile track around here fat Bikes fit right in. One thing about early fat bike tires that was lacking was the grip on ice. Enter the 45NRTH Dillinger Studded tires. We first saw prototypes in 2013 and since then it has become the go-to do-all fat-bike tire for riding anywhere you could encounter ice.
It’s been so popular that we have had a hard time keeping them in stock. To help with that, we went long on 120tpi Studded Dillinger 4’s and Dillinger 5’s for the 2015/2016 season. With 258 concave carbide tipped studs housed in aluminum carriers per tire you have super grippy while still not being super heavy. The 120tpi (threads per inch) casing with folding bead is the nicest you’ll find. Durable and supple as all get out. The Dillinger 4 is also available in a 33tpi studded and 120tpi unstudded... but still fully studdable with their studding kit, should you want to a cheaper or custom set up. It seems 45NRTH is phasing out their Dillinger 5 unstudded in favor of their new Flowbeist and Dunderbeist 4.6 tires but we have some in stock at the time of this writing.