|Stock Photo, this isn't even the 9er and there isn't this much snow yet.|
Same trail, about the same temp, about the same snow conditions which are about 3-4" of unconsolidated snow over bare ground.
Yesterday: GT Senser 9er w/Nokian extreme tires. I'm not going to say it was an easy ride in but I only had to put my foot down once (OK, maybe twice if you count getting thrown off the trail by a frozen rut). Even through the going was hard the skinny tires cut through the snow and the aggressive rear tread gave enough traction to get up the hills. The biggest downside was that the tire would cut through the snow to the invisible ruts and knock you off course.
|Not an easy ride but I managed 6.1MPH.|
Today: Surly Pugsley with a Larry/Endo combo inflated so there was slight sidewall bulging when riding on pavement. How many PSI? I'm not sure. My pump said about 2 but it's old and the scale goes to 200. I'd guess around 8psi. If felt like the front tire was plowing more snow than the 2.1" Nokian. For the uphill sections the Endo would loose traction and spin out far sooner than the aggressive tread on the studded tires. On the spots that had been packed at all this bike floated over the snow better where the skinny tires had a tendency to dig in and wash out.
|Seemingly a better tool for the job, 5.3MPH|
Fat-bikers, please comment. I really want to get the most out of my fat-bike.