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    dilinger studded tires for snow covered icy roads?

    One of the reasons I got a fat bike is to ride on quiet dirt roads in winter. There was a big thaw and the roads got muddy in the middle with ice on the edge , where I will be riding. It has gotten colder now , with a few inches of fresh powder on top of the icy edges. Do the Dillinger tires work well in these situations, that is ,with a few inches of fresh snow over top of the ice, or would I be better with my low psi Nates? Thanks David

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    Studded Dillinger's are great tires but they won't help when there's a couple of inches of fresh snow over the ice.

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    My first ride with Dillingers were in conditions very similar to what you describe...and I ended up literally on my head...f-ed my neck up pretty good for a few days...I really should have let some pressure out before I hit the road because of those conditions, but hey, it was a road, right?...at too high of a pressure, the knobs and studs on the outside row tried to ride-up the rut and then bounced around a bit, eventually deflecting in a different direction and ejecting me...On frozen, rutty conditions I would recommend a softer pressure which allows the carcass to mold itself around deformities and get more studs on the ground with less bouncing, deflection etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    ...at too high of a pressure, the knobs and studs on the outside row tried to ride-up the rut and then bounced around a bit, eventually deflecting in a different direction and ejecting me...On frozen, rutty conditions I would recommend a softer pressure which allows the carcass to mold itself around deformities and get more studs on the ground with less bouncing, deflection etc...
    I reckon there's nothing worse than the rut crash. You usually get a few seconds of loss of control to savour it too...

    Ruts are one of the hidden dangers of fatbiking on snow. A bit of traffic on soft snow leaves grooves, then follow it by a dump of soft snow, the ruts look insignificant and invite the unwary. The worst crash I've had in the last 5 years was from a frozen rut on a downhill yipee this is great ride - dislocated my shoulder in a remote location, and then discovered the weakness in my additional clothing - you can't put on a pullover outer layer if one arm isn't working.

    This is one of the reasons I support steeper head angles for fatbikes - with appropriate trail they are better for control in ruts.
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    This is when a nice 2.25 Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro will make you realize that a fat bike is not the be all, end all for winter riding.

    sometimes skinny and slice-y is better than fat and floaty

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    ^ This. It won't be pretty, and probably won't work if you have 100 mm rims, but a studded 26" DH tire would be much better for those conditions. The BB height will drop a bunch, but if you are only riding on dirt roads, pedal strikes may not be as much of an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alias View Post
    This is when a nice 2.25 Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro will make you realize that a fat bike is not the be all, end all for winter riding.

    sometimes skinny and slice-y is better than fat and floaty
    I agree but when the snow gets deep having the ability to float over it is nice. I took my fatty for its first ride this weekend, what a blast! On the bare pavement with the tires low was to say the least interesting, bike kinda just did it's own thing and I was just there for the ride. Once you hit the snow it was all different smooth and controlled, I am not liking the brakes that came with it, will change them next year.
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    My intent is to get a pair of 29'er Snowcats or RabbitHoles for s#itty, icy seasons like this year...waitin on the benjamins...double duty as summer rims though, so maybe an easier sell to the lady...
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