Originally Posted by Neil & Jill
Why a fat slick?
I know you are not asking me, but I can give my opinion and offer to share my bike with strangers:
I run at present a Bontrager Hank (fat slick, thinwall, thin tread) on the rear of my Trek Lime Lite cruiser bike.
It gives the most filtered, comfortable ride possible (because it is a slick and fat and supple).
I've used the Hank for years now. It is not puncture resistant. It is a tire for asphalt. It looks boss and feels like love.
It does not slip on wet pavement, ever, and it is as sure-footed on sandy patches as can be.
A fat slick is not as fast as a skinny, 700C slick, no way, but it's faster by far than a tread-patterned tire,
and ever so much more cushy than a tire skinnier than a chicken's nose.
(old video...I have the Hank on the rear, only, now, as that is where my bike is most-loaded.
The Hank on front was a bit to fat for the Lime's skimpy-narrow front fork; I had rubbing issues if I inflated over 25PSI)
Look at the visual difference between a "2.25" nominal, and a "1.95" nominal, 26" tire from the same maker?
The Hank, for instance, is much taller and contains much more air-cushion, and yet, can be inflated to over sixty PSI,
it cannot pinch-flat. It laughs at bumps that could ruin the wheel or tire of a smaller tired-wheel.
I once, stupidly, rode into a concrete curb, head on, at about five or eight-per. The bike stopped dead-fast.
No damage at all, the wheel was not even perturbed. I had the Hank on front that day.
This old video is defective on a number of counts: I misstate a number of points.
However, it is presented here to show, visually, the difference between a regular Bontrager "Hank"
supple street slick, and the stock Bontrager "cruizer" tires, size-wise and appearance-wise.
As stated, nowadays, I am running just one Hank on my Lime, just on the rear.
PS: am doing much better these days if not stressed. The shakes, I know now,
are due to "post traumatic stress syndrome".
It is a wonderful ride, big slick tires, even if inflated hard. They roll easily, and feel, as said, like love.
Edited by Reid2 - 6/19/11 at 5:35pm