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Old 03-06-2014, 05:33 AM
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Default Re: Fat Bike/ Friction set up / Ideas?

It doesn't really make sense to say the tire is "too wide" for a factory-made friction drive. Staton (and others) typically have a "channel", a 3-sided box where the drive roller is supported with bearings at both ends. So a wider tire would just need a wider channel and a wider (longer) drive roller. Of course, if you don't plan on doing mods yourself, you are stuck with what the manufacturers supply.

It's a shame, though. A fat bike would be ideal for a friction drive. And don't believe that friction drives eat up tires. Well, they do if you use a very rough roller and especially if the roller pressure is not right. But if you intend to do mostly fair-weather riding on the streets, one of those fat tires would probably do a thousand miles with a FD.

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