We got a couple of mountain bike rides this weekend despite adverse conditions. Snow melt and heavy rain made for some soft trails. I jokingly called the Punji trail knowing it’s a mosnter to ride even in good conditions, I guess everyone didn’t realize it was a joke.
Tires were on my mind alot this weekend, specifically tire size. Riding in the very soft terrain seemed to hamper me much more then everyone else. There is a generally excepted theory that mud requires narrow tires that will dig down and bite into the harder ground under the mud. I was running the narrowest tire this weekend, 1.95 while Eli was at the other end of the spectrum with an actual FAT BIKE TIRE on the front and a pretty big 2.4 on the rear. He was doing better in the mud than me. Here’s something I found while searching for information.
Let’s also think about your weight/size. Anyone under 10stone should be running a 2.35” or narrower tyre. Those over that weight as a general guide should be running a 2.5” and be going on a diet unless of course you are “Big Boned”.
My current weight is around 230, and my GT Peace is like 33 pounds, factor in camelbak and gear and I’m guessing I was pushing 280 pounds or 20 stone. I had to be the heaviest rider on the ride on the narrowest tires. I was digging deep and could really feel it, but it may have been just as hard on a fat bike?
That’s enough analysis, lets check out the pictures.