Purchasing tires can be a difficult task since there are so many options, sizes and tread patterns out there! We have taken some time to break down our 2 most popular tires; the 45NRTH Dillinger & the Terrene Cake Eater. These are the 2 of the best tires you can purchase in a variety of sizes for different applications. You can get them in smaller widths for hard pack trails and racing or in larger widths for breaking through fresh powder and going bike packing. Hope this helps!
Both of these tires are made in the same factory featuring the same high quality compound of winter rubber. They have identical TPI casing and are both extremely competitive in comparison. There are however some simple yet significant differences depending on what you are looking to get out of your tires and their application.
We carry these tires in 2 different sizes and 2 volumes. 26 inch (4.0 & 4.6) and 27.5 (4.0 & 4.5) for a variety of uses and scenarios. The Cake Eaters also come in other sizes which we do not stock. They are also both available in studded and studdable versions. Both are also tubeless ready for all that weight saving goodness! You can even run any of these tire combinations forward or backwards depending on the grip you want to achieve.
I’ll say this to start and I’ll say this at the end as well; you can not go wrong with either one of these standout tires!
Both Tires Are Available Here: https://fatbikes.ca/product-category/fat-tires/
Rolling Resistance & Speed
These 2 tires feature the lowest rolling resistance out of all studded and studdable tires available. This obviously makes them the fastest tires on the market, especially in the 27.5” x 4.0” width. When comparing the rolling resistance head to head the Terrene cake eater comes out on top slightly performance wise. It has a larger contact patch for traction, least floatation of any model, lower volume sidewall, and is the lightest. It is faster and has more straight line traction thanks to its siped lugs. If you want speed and race performance then go with the Cake Eaters!
A 26” verison of these tires will be quickest in terms of acceleration but the 27.5” will have a higher top speed thanks to the momentum it carries forward.
Cornering & Traction
What really happens when cornering? The cornering force counters the centrifugal force, giving the tires the power to grip the ground through the turn. You will notice that tyres change shape when cornering. The execution of taking a corner depends on how the tire takes shape when going around. In another head to head comparison of cornering and traction the winner is the 45NRTH Dillinger! It has more aggressive braced side lugs to give more bite into the terrain. As previously mentioned this affects the rolling resistance slightly but not to any degree that would make this tire be considered slow. If you want better traction and cornering then go with the Dillinger’s!
These tires can be acquired in studded and on studded versions. For this portion we are going to talk about the stud quality of the studded versions.
45NRTH Dillinger Studs
26″ – 258 Large Concave Carbide (120tpi or 60tpi Tan)
27.5″ – 252 Large Concave Carbide (120tpi or 60tpi Tan), 252 Steel Carbide (60tpi Black)
Terrene Cake Eater Studs
26” & 27.5” – 180 Concave, Aluminum Base, Tungsten Carbide Tip (60 tpi)
26” & 27.5” – 180 Triple Traction, Aluminum Base, Tungsten Carbide Tip (120 tpi)
As you can see from the stud breakdowns above, the Dillinger tire has a lot more studs for better traction and grip. This is why it is clearly the better tire for traction and cornering but also slower than the cake eater. The Cake Eater’s studs do not last as long from our testing. They do give good initial grip but they will not last as long as the Dilinger with the higher quality stud. We have come to this conclusion after many hours on the saddle using both tires over multiple seasons.
The ultimate combination for these tire options in our opinion would be to get a studdable version and outfit it with Fat Bikes Canada’s custom hex super traction stud packs. The HEXED studs are 1.5x the size of a normal stud with a deeper concave and 6 sided to create more points to bite harder into icy trails. Going half the way to an XL size also saves weight and reduces the potential for studs to pull out from wood and roots. Our studs have the same 2 piece aluminum (lighter) casing and unique tungsten carbide offered by other leading market studs and use the same installation tools. Our studs are simply the best on the market
This combination will actually give better traction with 360 custom FBC studs on Cake Eaters than 504 stock studs on studded Dillingers, believe it or not!
IMPORTANT: Please note that after installing these studs into your tires, it is advised that they should be finally seated by going on a gentle 5-10KM ride. Aggressive trail riding after freshly installing HEX studs (or any larger stud type) may result in a higher than normal stud-loss.
These are 2 of the only tires that are approved from a warranty standpoint to be run down to 4.0 psi. Most companies will not warranty tires if you run below 8 psi which is just unrealistic for most people. Fat bike riders need to often run anywhere between 4 and 8 psi. I personally run my psi at about 5 or 6. I’ve never actually ran 8 psi except for riding on flat hard pack terrain a couple times. Maybe if I commuted on the road more with my fat bike I would run higher psi. This warranty bonus helps a lot considering fat bike tires are extremely expensive.
Once again you can not go wrong with either one of these tires. Now you know what we know and have even heard about our ultimate combination! Good luck and keep spinning all year round!