Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-24-00, 06:46 AM   #1
mike
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Snowy midwest
Bikes:
Posts: 5,392
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am thinking about getting a full-suspension bike for my commute to work.

The main reason is that now, in winter, I have to go over many snow piles and ice mounds. Sometimes these snow piles are 2 to 3 feet high and are a mix of ice and snow.

With my present Trek "Mountain Trek" with no shock-suspension front or rear, I often get stuck.

I am wondering if a full suspension bike might do better in these conditions.

Can anybody provides some feedback, comments, and suggestions?

Mike
mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-00, 10:55 PM   #2
Hunter
NOT a weight weenie
 
Hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 1,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Softail for snow and ice

Mike,
Welll first off let me say this, a softail is not the same as a fs bike. A softail is defined simply as a hardtail with a little bit of rear end travel if that makes any sense. See KHS for a good example of a "softail". As far as getting stuck in two or three feet of snow and ice, I would say anyone would in stuff that deep. A fs bike may not be the answer. With the movement potential of a fs rig you might find that it will get worse. I am still in belief that fs bikes are more gravity specific, meaning downhill. My suggestion the faster you go into that deep stuff the more of a chance you ahve of plowing through it.
Hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-01, 06:55 AM   #3
Rich
It's the fight in the man
 
Rich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Churton Park, Wellington, NZ
Bikes: Pace RC200 F2 (British Built!)
Posts: 1,209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Deep Snow nightmare

Hi there,

I'd tend to agree with Hunter on this one, Softail bigs are a great idea for comfort etc, but I wouldn't necessarily suggest forking out all that money for a new bike, unless you were going to upgrade anyway.

Have you tried running wider tires..? They'd give you more traction in the deep stuff.

Good luck

Rich
Rich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-01, 08:14 PM   #4
KleinMp99
New to bikeforýms.net
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 2,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
go ahead and get a fs bike,i find that my rear end will get sore after riding a hardtail. so get the fs and your rear end wont be sore when you get to the office
KleinMp99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-01, 05:53 PM   #5
Ben
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Gainesville Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ever since I got my f/s for racing (cc)( 4 years ago), I havent been able to ride a hard tail. Even if its a juant to the local store or to work, the f/s is much more comfortable. As for snow and ice, unless you spike your tires, the bikes are going to slide all over the place anyways, so wether its a f/s or hard tail really doesnt make that much difference. In deciding if you want to buy a f/s, you need to think about the upgrade and if its worth it for you, since to upgrade to a good f/s is not a cheap proposition.
Ben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-01, 06:14 PM   #6
Mystic_104
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Cochrane Alberta Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I dont know the size of your tires but the average running tire is 26X2.215 .... I recommend going a size larger... I also race Pro Bmx and I find that when I am winter training *I live in CANADA* It gets very slick.... You might want to choose a softer rubber compound along with a good set of treds... Specialized makes a Great Mountain bike tire for riding, so you might want to look at a set of specialized tires....
Mystic_104 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 09:20 AM   #7
thomas29
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A pugsly woud be a good winter ride with surlys own 3.7 tire it would be slow but woud make life in the snow a little fun 2-3ft of snow will stop all of use in our tracks and think of the all cleaning that would have to be done on fs bike salt freez thaw cycles woud be a pain
thomas29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 11:15 AM   #8
lofnsjoke
SPOON!!!!!
 
lofnsjoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: 35.43 119.05
Bikes:
Posts: 254
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thomas29 View Post
A pugsly woud be a good winter ride with surlys own 3.7 tire it would be slow but woud make life in the snow a little fun 2-3ft of snow will stop all of use in our tracks and think of the all cleaning that would have to be done on fs bike salt freez thaw cycles woud be a pain
beat me to it. yep if your riding through that much snow and ice the pugsley would be the way to go.

surly website
sheldon brown's website review
lofnsjoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:05 PM.