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    29x2.6 vs 27.5x3.0 vs SNOW

    So the question to all that have ride time on 27.5x3.0 AND 29x2.6.
    How much better is a 27.5x3.0 in the mud and snow of winter compared to a 29x2.6.
    Snow meaning= western Pennsylvania winter where people already have been on the trail with fat bikes. I understand Iím not pushing through a fresh 6Ē of snow.
    Iím riding a 19 stumpjumper with 29x2.6 and love it BUT have a itch to build a 27.5x3.0 for winter and donít want to wast the money if the gains are not significant with 27.5 x3.0

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    You're talking fairly subtle differences, honestly.

    With those small differences, tread pattern and rubber compound are going to make a bigger difference.

    If you say hypothetically that the tread patterns and rubber compounds are the same for both tires, the 3.0 will offer marginally more flotation. But since you're talking about riding on packed snow and frozen ground, it's going to be something you won't necessarily see benefits from. You MIGHT see slightly smoother ride from the 3.0 when you're riding over frozen ruts, but I'm not sure it's going to be THAT big of an advantage, since the 29x2.6 has a larger diameter/better rollover in its column.

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    I wouldnít bother.
    Save a little more coin and pick up a used pugs.

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    Build a bike that will take 27.5X3" and 26X4+ and two wheelsets-best of both worlds!

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    Which 3.0 and which 2.6? That can make a big difference.

    Maxxis HRII 27.5x3.0 is a lot different than a Maxxis Rekon 2.6x29 for instance.

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    Your BB will be very low with 27+, so fair weather riding on anything rocky or roots will suck with the shorter wheels, so itíll be a single purpose wheelset that is only marginally better in the snow.

    Have you tried running really tire pressure with the 29Ē wheels, like <10psi?

    If you limited yourself to riding packed snow and ride before things thawed, youíd probably be fine on the 29Ē set up.

    Youíd be better off getting a used fat bike.
    Lrg GG Pedalhead 29/27+
    XMed GG Smash 29/27+
    Lrg Devinci Hendrix 27+ (Loaner)
    Pivot Shuttle 27+ (wife)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tri-tele View Post
    I wouldnít bother.
    Save a little more coin and pick up a used pugs.
    What is a pug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Your BB will be very low with 27+, so fair weather riding on anything rocky or roots will suck with the shorter wheels, so itíll be a single purpose wheelset that is only marginally better in the snow.

    Have you tried running really tire pressure with the 29Ē wheels, like <10psi?

    If you limited yourself to riding packed snow and ride before things thawed, youíd probably be fine on the 29Ē set up.

    Youíd be better off getting a used fat bike.
    Bb will be fine with the flip chip with 27.5x3.00. We havenít had snow yet and I wanted to take advantage of the Xmas deals but didnít want to wast the money if if not going to be a big improvement

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    I agree but itís more a question aimed at is there a big snow mud different going from 29x2.6 to 27.5 x 3.0

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    Thanks for all the input so far guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbaumturk View Post
    What is a pug?
    It's a fat bike:

    https://surlybikes.com/bikes/pugsley

    Though I would lean more towards the Wednesday or Ice Cream Truck for Trail riding:
    https://surlybikes.com/bikes/wednesday
    https://surlybikes.com/bikes/ice_cream_truck

    Other budget used models to keep an eye out for:
    Trek Farley 5
    Kona Wo or Wozo
    Framed makes some fine fat bikes
    Sana Cruz 5010v2---Rigid Surly 1x1 650b---CrossCheck

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    I don't know anything about your bike and it's tire clearance, but if you could fit a 27.5x3.25 tire in there it might be a big enough improvement. Or even one of the 27.5x3.8 tires, which actually measure more like 3.4-3.5 on a Plus rim. Whether it's worth the money, only you can answer that!

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    I may get a fat bike some day...

    but so far it sounds like a 29x2.6 is going to perform about the same as a 27.5x3.0 in the mud and snow
    Thanks guys

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    It really depends on the snow, trail conditions, etc...

    I'm a reformed snow biker, been down this road in all interations.

    I ride a bike now that'll run 27+ and 29 x 2.6, all summer and Fall I rode it as a 29er, now I ride 27+ on lightly snow covered trails. It works, BUT if I picked up a foot of snow I'd be walking with snowshoes until it was rideable.

    I like the idea of having two wheelsets, it makes a bike more versatile, so if you're flip chip will keep the BB height sufficient for multi season 27+ use, then yeah, get a second wheelset.

    When it comes to tire choices, you might want to look at 2.8" which are more usable, not quite as "wonky" feeling. I'm riding Schwalbe Hans Damph.

    Quote Originally Posted by newbaumturk View Post
    I agree but itís more a question aimed at is there a big snow mud different going from 29x2.6 to 27.5 x 3.0
    Lrg GG Pedalhead 29/27+
    XMed GG Smash 29/27+
    Lrg Devinci Hendrix 27+ (Loaner)
    Pivot Shuttle 27+ (wife)

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