Look what just came into the Colonel Steve Austin, Fat-Bike test labs nestled here in America’s Dairyland. The great and powerful Surly Knard, super-sized to a full 4.8 inches wide. This is a tire that spent considerable time in development, which makes their arrival to us all the more special! The photo above shows one of our test tires mounted to a Surly Clown Shoe. The BFK’s measured 117 mm wide tread to tread with the casing coming in at 118 mm, while freshly mounted to the 100 mm wide Clown Shoes.
Surly also offers their Knards as a 26+ 29+ and a 3.8 x 26 fat-bike tyre. The 4.8’s mimic the tread pattern of it’s smaller cousins, shown above and below with a full face of fresh tire whiskers. Before we mounted up our pair of test tires, we tossed them onto our Park Tools digital scale and they came in at 1385, 1382 g each. When we laid the tire out flat, the tread measures 150 mm wide and the bead to bead measurement was 270 mm. This is a rather large and a rather light (for it’s size) tire.
Our set of BFK’s are going to get tested by one of our most decorated members of the Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot Program, Major Chris Zito. Zito will be testing the new meat on his Surly Moonlander. Stay tuned to fat dash bike dot come for Major Zito’s thoughts about his brand new set of big fat knards! That report should be available in about a month or so…..plus or minus seven to ten days, or thereabouts.
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