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    Im heading to the snow and want to take my bike

    I have got a snow holiday planned with the mrs and im thinking that I might want to take my bike with me.

    So my question becomes....
    Do I try get a cheap set of 27.5+ wheels and run fat 27.5s
    or do I buy some 29" studded winter tyres?

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    What's the widest tire that will fit in your frame? If it's not more than 3" then there is no point going plus. Just ride the 29s. Get studded tires for ice. If there will be mostly snow, not ice, then don't bother with the studded tires either. My 29x2.2 Forte Pisgah tire went in up to 8" of light snow or maybe 5" of wet snow without too much trouble.

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    so many types of snow and trails that no one tire works on everything. Assuming it's packed snow, you can ride any 29er tire and have fun. It just won't be as fast as a 5" wide fat tire with giant knobs running at 2 psi. But you'll still have fun riding. If you have a wheelset with wide rims, I'd recommend that though. Wider rims, lower pressure.
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    I can just fit 27.5+ 2.8s on the rear

    Im guessing it will be a mixture of packed snow with occasional ice

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    Quote Originally Posted by d36_ View Post
    I can just fit 27.5+ 2.8s on the rear
    There are far too many unknowns to give a flat yes or no answer. Assuming this is a 29er frame, you should be able to get in a 27.5 x 2.6" no problem. After that, the width will have to be trial by error. You need to talk to other people who have your bike that have done a plus conversion to see what fits. And usually, any 27.5 wheelset that's cheap will be narrow and won't work for plus size tires.

    Since there will be ice, definitely want studs though. No matter how wide your tire is, ice is slippery and you don't want to wreck on your vacation. Plus, it's never a bad idea to have a set of studded tires, just in case. Easy to swap tires (assuming you use tubes)
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