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Thread: Nate vs Bud/Lou

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    Nate vs Bud/Lou

    Time for new tires! Here in eastern PA we don’t have maintained, groomed trails to ride on, so fat biking usually involves riding through a couple inches of fresh snow which can range from powder to slush. I am not sure how much flotation actually helps versus just having big nasty treads that move the bike forward and keep it moving in a straight line through variable crap. I don’t really care much about rolling resistance on hard surfaces if I can blaze my own trails through a few inches of snow/slush/mud.

    I was planning on putting these on 80mm rims, but also have a set of 65mms.

    What say you? Would the Nate’s work fine given that the snow isn’t deep? Or does the Bud/Lou offer more traction AND float?

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    Nate offers great traction, kind of like a mini-Lou. Obviously Bud and Lou offer more float. I would say that Bud offers better lateral traction than Nate in the front (never ridden Lou in the front). Not that Nate really lacks for traction, but Bud is pretty exceptional in loose corners. (Note: I haven't tried Edna)

    Assuming you can fit a 4.8 in the back I prefer Bud/Lou to Nate in most snowy or loose conditions. But I weigh 240 plus all my gear so I tend to sink.

    I know a few riders running Bud front and Nate rear on their 170/177 rear axle bikes.

    Good luck choosing!

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    Edna 4.3 gets nate traction, but more float. Might be perfect for you?

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    Thanks! Did not know about the Edna.

    The B/L combo is heavily discounted right now.

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    I have not tried Edna but I consistently mount up Bud and Lou when the snow flies. They do no wrong.
    I like turtles

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    I've tried several tires and I haven't been able to beat the Bud/Lou in snow. Awesome winter tires.

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    IME Lou is a bigger/heavier Nate.

    Similar traction.

    Depends on what you prefer : flotation vs lighter weight ( Lou vs Nate )

    I run Bud & Lou in winter and JJ 4,8 / 4,4 in summer
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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