Frostbike – Hands on with the 45NRTH Dillinger 5
First released on the Friday before the show, we wanted to stop by to check out the new 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded fatbike tire for obvious reasons. While the tire is labeled the 5, David Gabrys says it will really measure more like a 4.5 or 4.7 but since the tread is more beefy and square, the tread will actually measure wider than the casing. Part of the reason for the sizing is that to produce the Dillinger 5, 45NRTH went to a segmented jig instead of a clamshell jig. Segmented jigs vent the rubber through the mold and result in a more consistent tread weight compared to a clamshell jig. According to David, the Dillinger 5 is a big as the jig would actually allow them to make a tire. The result is an aggressively treaded tire that is also studdable for traction in the worst situations.
Check out the actual weight after the break.
For a nearly 5″ tire with big knobs and a 120 tpi casing without the studs, the Dillinger 5 clocks in at 1493g. The Dillinger 5 will be available in September and will be sold as a 120tpi tire with studs, and a 120tpi tire that is studdable but won’t include studs.