This morning I removed the Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26×4.80 fat tires from the ICE Full Fat trike, along with the Mr. Tuffy tire liners and Schwalbe inner tubes. Inspection of the Mr. Tuffy tire liners revealed goathead thorns (from the Tribulus terrestris plant) had breached the Mr. Tuffy liners, penetrating through into the inner tube.
Goathead thorns, from the Tribulus terrestris plant
The carnage from a few miles of Mojave Desert riding – a valuable lesson learned
The ICE Full Fat up on blocks, prior to deciding on next path to follow regarding tires. The trike is a highly sophisticated backcountry vehicle. All it needs to realize its full potential is a road contact system (tires) that actually is reliable! Perhaps ICE might contemplate the introduction of an ultra rugged backcountry tire that rises to the same high standards as the company’s trike! It seems unfortunate to believe that a superior and dependable off-road vehicle like the Full Fat is severely compromised, indeed, rendered useless, by inferior tire offerings such as the Schwalbe Jumbo Jim. If a rugged, dependable, and reliable tire already exists, please share your knowledge here so that we may all benefit. No one wants to see what happened to me occur to them. I just want to ride, not be bothered with figuring out what tire actually works, and it can become pretty costly trying various tire brands to find a rugged offering. Car tires don’t go flat from thorns, neither should ours! Added tire weight is an acceptable compromise for “get home” dependability.