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Winter off-road MTBing - hints and tips

Old 01-20-13, 04:47 PM
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Winter off-road MTBing - hints and tips

I went to the winter cycling thread and most of the posts seem to be about road cycling in the winter. Not much on off-road riding.

I started XC this year and just love the sport. Its the first time I have been off-road in about 20 years and I could not put my Kona Dawg away when the snow hit. I have went on two rides in the snow and found flotation the biggest problem. Second would be my front tire washing out and third is traction.

I'm hitting the snowmobile tracks and crusted over snow. Going to try the ponds and lakes when they get enough ice. This bike does not see any road . . . they use a lot of salt here and I don't want anything to get rusty.

I'm running Innova (2.1) studded tires , but I'm going to swap them back to my Nevegals (2.3). I'm going to drop the pressure to maybe 20 (I run 27lbs in the summer). That should help out with the flotation and traction a bit.

Anything else I should consider?
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I have gone twice with some success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th7a3...RRruN&index=18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjftX...RRruN&index=20

Hoping to go again this weekend. I swapped out the Innovas for the Nevegals with the rear one put on in reverse.
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Yeah, ditch the studded tires unless actually on lots of ice. In regular snow, they just end up being really heavy and skinny mediocre tires.

Fat and low pressure is your best bet with the tires. If on/in lots of snow, especially if it isn't hard packed, I like the fattest tires I can cram into my frame and fork without having things rubbing.

Careful leaning the front wheel at high speeds into corners, especially if you don't have the front end weighted much to help drive the knobs in. You'll wash it out pretty quickly.

Easier spinning in lower gears works better than mashing in a higher gear.

Go have fun!
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