EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5″ tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

Just when you think fat bike tires are starting to trend smaller, along comes another 5″ tire to challenge those assumptions. Until now, the Vee Tire Co. Snow Shoe 2XL was the only tire that was a true 5″ or larger, even though many slightly smaller tires were lumped into the category. The latest tire to qualify is the new Terrene Johnny 5.

EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

Shown on a Fatback Corvus from Greg Matyas who helped with the design, Terrene says the tire measures a true 5″ wide which means there are many fat bikes it won’t actually fit. However, for those who have the bike and the desire for the most flotation possible, the tire should be a popular choice.

EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

26 x 5.0 Johnny 5 next to 26 x 4.0 Cake Eater

With a studdable tread pattern designed for maximum grip in loose, soft, and sloppy conditions, the tubeless tires can take up to 320 studs per tire. Not surprisingly, it’s not the lightest tire at 1700g, but it is a lot of rubber. Built with Terrene’s winter rubber compound which keeps the rubber soft in cold weather, the 26 x 5″ tires will be offered for $140 without studs or $260 with studs. Look for these to arrive in October, just before fat bike season in the north kicks off.

EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

For more practical riding about town, Terrene is adding a winter commuter tire called the Griswold. Only available in one option, the 700c x 38mm tire will include 110 studs through the center of the tire though it will be capable of running 220 studs total. Built with Terrene’s Tough casing and winter rubber compound, the folding tubeless tires will sell for $95.

EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8 EB18: Terrene Tires Johnny 5 is a true 5" tire + Griswold studded commuter, Cake Eater 29 x 2.8

Finally, due to consumer demand the Cake Eater now will be available in a 29 x 2.8″ size. It’s the same Cake Eater we’ve come to know and love, but now with the new size and will sell for $80 without studs, and $160 with.

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jman
jman
4 years ago

I’ve put my Terrene Elwood 650b x 47 Tough casing tires through a lot of adventure abuse with absolutely zero issues. Definitely looking forward to replacing the winter non-tubeless Gravdals with the tubeless Griswolds. Well done.

ascarlarkinyar
ascarlarkinyar
4 years ago

What is wrong with manufacturers? !!!!!!??????

Thousands of post on fatbike forums from people every person who bought and use the 2XL vee tire snowshoe. Almost everyone said love this tire, but would love even better a wider, smaller knobby and lighter casing tire. Then Terrence makes a tire exactly like the 2XL?

Are they complete buffones? Why do this? They could have out sold vee tire by just making it with a thinner casing or smaller knobs or both…..

Rustilicus
Rustilicus
4 years ago
Reply to  ascarlarkinyar

Feel free to start your own tire company.

997
997
3 years ago
Reply to  Rustilicus

Nailed it!

Terrene Tires
Terrene Tires
4 years ago
Reply to  ascarlarkinyar

@ascarlarkinyar – The main problem with us is that we don’t design our tires to work well in the forums, we design our tires to work well in the real world. Im sure there are a lot of people dreaming about a low-treaded, large tire, but there is really very little purpose for that tire. In a condition where a large volume is needed, the surface is so soft that a large amount of tread is also needed. I think the tire you are asking for already exists as the Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 4.8, and to be quite honest, we wanted much better performance than that in soft conditions that warrant an extremely large volume.

The primary thing that sets us apart from most other tire manufacturers is that our design team rides fat bikes in Minnesota and Montana on a daily basis. So, while a low-treaded tire may have been easy to market by posting super low weights, it just isn’t ideal for this purpose in the real world.

Yeah Man!
Yeah Man!
4 years ago
Reply to  ascarlarkinyar

Who is this Terrence…..Terrence Trent D’Arby? Ehgads man, the tire should have been called the Wishing Well!

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

$260 per tire? I see Terrene has jumped on the 45nrth train. Sad, I thought we might see prices becoming reasonable with competition.

Side Show Bob
Side Show Bob
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Yeh $260 with studs. But at only $140 without studs, they are cheeper than other unstudied tires. You have to expect to pay something for all those studs. I guess you could always save some cash and stud them yourself.

jarrod
jarrod
4 years ago

The Schwalbe Jumbo Jim addix 4.8’s kick any Terrene fat tire to the curb! and at over a pound lighter per tire. Terrene copies other company designs and keeps farming out junk fat bike tires. Wazia was a major fail and company warns riders not to use it as a front. Cake Eater is not as good as the new JJ’s, and this Johhny 5 is 1.2 lbs heavier than a Schwalbe 4.8. I see no need for such a gigantic tire in the middle of winter, where a pair of these adds 2.5 lbs of rotational weight to the bike… for what? 0.2 inches more tire width? MooseTrak will eat it alive this winter.

Ben
Ben
3 years ago
Reply to  jarrod

No one who rides fat thinks the Jumbo Jim is any good. Yeah it’s light, but that don’t mean nothing when you’re pushing the bike.

Maybe spread the Schwalbe love elsewhere, this here thread is about Terrene tires.

Side Show Bob
Side Show Bob
3 years ago

Thank you Terrene! Living in the Canadian snowbelt, we get hammered with snow. When things warm up, it can also get icy. Where I live we don’t have a lot of groomed trails so I have been dreaming about a tubeless ready, studable Bud and Lou for years! Who cares about the weight … its a FAT BIKE. And if 2 lbs of big tires make the difference between riding or walking, Im gonna choose riding, every day of the week!!! I guess there will always be haters, but Papa bear is gonna get me a pair of these!! Thanks for not producing yet another variation of everything that is already out there.

907fattie
907fattie
3 years ago
Reply to  Side Show Bob

Nailed it, well said!

907fattie
907fattie
3 years ago

Thanks Terrene….Jarrod has obviously no clue as to what he is talking about. The JJ is truly the WORST tire in deep snow; period. The JJ may work well on your packed trails, but in loose snow its sucks….always had. Only reason why people ride it is because its light (deleted).
This J5 will work for it’s designed purpose….loose. deep snow. And we have alot of that here in the 907.

Christoko
Christoko
3 years ago

Amen, the JJ 4.8 is DEATH on ice or deep, loose snow- the lugs just don’t have enough grip and it’s not studdable off-the-shelf. Great on machine-packed if that’s your thing, but that’s not always an option in places like Alaska. I’m currently very happy with Cake Eater 4.6 and am looking forward to trying the J5 on the front of my bike for some deep snow floatation.

Utah Fat Rider
Utah Fat Rider
3 years ago

I’ve notice a lot of fat bikers prefer groomed track and never push the limits of the tire or their fitness. For them the JJ maybe a great tire? It’s awesome to have another choice for the really challenging and slopping days!