For some time now, Terrene Tire’s Tim Krueger has been talking about a true five inch wide, aggressive new tire that he’s been developing to give ‘the Surly’ Bud & Lou a run for their money as far as holding the title as the biggest and most aggressive fat-bike tires available (in the WORLD!) This new tire would be nothing short of World Fat-Bike Tire Domination according to Tim. I think the first time that I heard about this plan for world tire domination was way back at the CABDA show last February. Sea Otter echoed the building legend of the big fat snow killing tire that would eventually become the new Johnny 5 when it was officially launched last month at Eurobike. This week, we received a pair of production 26 x 5.0 Terrene Johnny 5’s to ride, review and share with our readers.
The Terrene Johnny 5 (26 x 5.0) by the numbers:
Weight – 1820g, 1802g
Flat Bead to Bead – 266mm
Flat Tread to Tread – 147mm
Mounted to HED 100mm rims at 10psi
Casing – 123.43mm
Tread – 122.41mm
Overall Height – 30.1996 inches
Overall Front Wheel Weight – 2930g
Outer Shoulder Knobs – 6.6mm
Middle Knobs – 6.25mm
Center Knobs – 5mm
The photo to the (right) is a side by side comparison of a 26×5.0 Johnny 5 and a 26×4.8 Surly Lou with both tires mounted to HED 100mm wide rims and inflated to 10 psi. The Johnny 5’s are 1.4mm wider and .1429 of an inch shorter than the Lou. That’s what I would call very similar in size.
I had to see how these bad boys look on Ten Beers before I send them off to KBS for field testing (photo below). The shoulder lugs on this tread pattern are the biggest that I’ve seen and the center chevrons have a cut out that make them look like they’d gouge into the ground with righteous fury and maximum levels of traction! A big fat tire like Johnny 5 deserves to get tested somewhere that get’s twelve metric gnome-tons of snow and just for good measure, has miles of sandy beaches to roam. So we’re sending these to the great Manistee Lake Effect Snow Belt over in the mitten of Michigan.
Ken Blakey-Shell will get to wade into the debate on whether Johnny 5 is good enough to dethrone the Bud and Lou as the most aggressive (almost) five-inch wide fat-bike tire in the world. The fact that the Johnny 5’s are tubeless ready and can be studded helps differentiate the two a bit, but we won’t really know how things will truly stack up until Ken gets these bad boys out in the deep soft sand or fluffy fun powder. You can look forward to a full review once the snow flies amigos!
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