Check out this one of a kind handbuilt mountain trike built by our customer Jerry Brandon. Jerry designed the trike from the ground up around the Maxxis Minion FBF and Minion FBR tires. Look at this crazy design and unique way of using the 27.5" fat tires from Maxxis.
When I first got the idea of building a Mountain trike, the choice of tire was one of the most important considerations. I literally designed and built it around the tires.
Arizona has some great desert jeep trails and dirt roads. Even though I’m a bit older, I wanted to keep enjoying the desert after giving up riding dirt bikes. Fat tires seemed like a good idea, but fitting bloated 26” fat-tires seemed a little too sedate for this ex-racer. I wanted maneuverability—yet ample tire cushion, since the tires would be the trike’s only suspension. After looking at everything out there, I decided on 650B fatties, and the Maxxis offerings seemed custom made for my project. They have a specific front tread (Maxxis Minion FBF 27.5 x 3.80”) and a specific rear tread (Maxxis Minion FBR 27.5 x 3.80”). The width is actually 3.55” on 45mm internal rims. Perfect!
The guys at Worldwide Cyclery had the best price, and as it turned out, the best service. The four tires showed up on my doorstep almost immediately. I chose the 60tpi version for their thicker rubber. The tires air-down nicely and are a joy on our decomposed granite trails, drifting gently through fast turns. They cushion well over protruding rocks and washout ditches, yet they roll decent, even faster when aired up a touch. The dual-compound may be the reason. Dunno. I just know they work.
I had them mounted by a local shop. They cut the estimated installation cost by half, because they said the tires popped right on and aired up easily (tubeless) on my Sun Ringle Mulefut 50 rims. I couldn’t be more pleased with these tires or the transaction with Worldwide Cyclery.
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