Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Camas, WA
Bikes: Black Cat SS, Salsa Spearfish, Trek 520
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Mine have 106 studs per tire. To clarify, the tires I'm looking at are NOT studded, they are just wider. I was thinking the opposite, that floatation is more important than studs on snowmobile trails. They are packed, but still soft and not icy like hard pack on roads. They generally have some texture and you're not riding at high speeds, so low pressure fat tires should provide enough grip. I'm basing these thoughts on Surly's Endomorph 3.7" tires, no studs and designed for float in snow.
Granted, 2.3" is a lot less tire than 3.7", but I'm wondering if the principle still applies.