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Traction in Loose Dirt
Howdy everyone -
I'm new to MTB so I have a lot to learn
XC biking is about the coolest thing I've been introduced to in a very long time - really enjoying the experience.
My question is about traction in loose dirt (not dust, more like cornsnow but made of dirt) and large grain sand (not quite gravel)
on last night's ride, both my tires were swishing around on the track quite a bit at higher speeds during the downhill phase.
Curious if this is a function of the trail i was riding, the tires on my new bike, or my technique?
My bike is a 29" hardtail that came with Maxxis Aspen tires on it. I'm happy with everything about the bike so far, but had a couple close calls in the loose stuff so I figured I'd ask.
I wasn't bombing, but i was clipping along pretty good when this happened - slowing down typically let me feel more in control on the downward phase of the ride.
Is this common and I should just "be advised" or it is something a different tread pattern/tire would mitigate, or is there a posture or weight distribution technique I should try to do to give me more control in the loose stuff?
thanks in advance.