It's a rainy Friday afternoon with not much going on in the VO office, though shipping is busy. It was on a day like this a few weeks ago that I wondered out loud if 3-inch tires would fit on our new adventure touring frame. Our staff wasn't hopeful, but I had faith.
They do fit, sort of. If you run them at too low a pressure they rub in turns, but keep them inflated to 25psi or so and they work. Does that make this the very first VO fat bike? I always thought 3-inches is where fat bikes start. The clearances really are very tight as you can see from the photos, so you might want to stick to the recommended 2.4-inch tires, especially if you ride in mud.
The production run is almost finished. Though we still need to wait for paint and for the decals to be printed. I'm hoping that the first batch of frames might arrive in a couple of months. I think we'll call it the Piolet, which is French for ice axe. I can't wait for it to dry up outside so I can take this thing for a ride in the dirt with the big new tires. 3-inch tires may be too heavy and slow for touring, but they'll make for a fun afternoon.