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    Trail damage

    It would seem to me that fat bikes should be much easier on trails due to the larger contact area, the same way snow shoes will not pierce the snow like, say, high heels. Any data to back that up?

    I'm especially wondering if riding a fatty would be more responsible when the trails are wet. With the daily thunderstorms we've had here for a month, it seems like the trails will never dry out.

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    There was a lively thread on this topic some months ago. I'd say the general consensus is that fatbikes are lower impact than skinny tired bikes, but not enough to give us a free pass on muddy days.

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    Trail damage

    If its the kind of mud that sticks then you will be taking more of it with you when you leave.

    Fat tires are worse on dry dusty trails. They kick up huge clouds of dust.
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    As SmooveP said there was a thread about it... it depends, short answer no. Depending on the soil it may or may not be true, and the social dynamic of marking a trail temporarily "fat tires only" is a slippery slope.

    When I want to get all muddy in the summer I go to places where no one will complain, as in, where there is no trail crew, and not much trail to speak of to start with.
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    My contention is that we are lower impact than booted walkers - provided the bike is being ridden as a means of getting somewhere rather than for hero stuff.

    Here in the UK we regularly ride in mud. If we didn't we'd never ride.

    I suspect the real problem lies with places where there is no open access to the countryside so that the limited trails available get heavily used.
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    I apologize for starting a new thread, couldn't find it be search, but it's suggested below now that the thread it's here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by formicaman View Post
    I apologize for starting a new thread, couldn't find it be search, but it's suggested below now that the thread it's here!
    To be fair the search quality of vBulletin forums (this one for example) is kinda crappy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    To be fair the search quality of vBulletin forums (this one for example) is kinda crappy.
    Yeah, and that's what led me to find the site: command for google.

    Search this:
    site:mtbr.com trail damage fat

    Trail damage analysis for Fat Tires?
    Trail damage thread - why fatbikes are better than walkers
    Fat Bike Equals Less Trail Damage?
    This thread is 4th: Trail damage
    Nates - potential for trail damage?

    By the end of the second page, the topic had gone to using snowmobile trails, and then wandered far afield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester View Post
    ...and then wandered far afield.
    That's what fatbikes do for you.
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