Vanhelga in the rear for climbing snowy trails?-
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    Vanhelga in the rear for climbing snowy trails?

    Hey guys,

    Currently riding on Chaoyang 4" which came stock on my Bigfoot 6.3.
    I can't compare to anything, I've only used this bike and nothing else, but I like them so far.

    My local trails have quite a lot of climbs and I ride my fat bike exclusively in snow/winter. Most of the trails are "snowshoed groomed" singletracks, usually well packed, although with temps rising lately (>= 0C), trails will get softer and softer every day now.

    I can manage to climb maybe 60-70% of everything I come by with the cheap chinese tires but wouldn't mind adding some traction in the rear.

    My LBS has Vanhelgas 60tpi available for a fair price (considering Canadian $ is pretty low lately) and I was wondering if this tire, in the rear, would make a noticeable difference on my bike?

    Also, I have to stay @ 4", I'm on a 1x10 28T x 11-36 setup and chain rub will be an issue with anything bigger than 4".

    There's also a Nate for half the price of the VH but, it looks so small!!!

    Any thoughts?

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    I run a VH on the back of my Salsa Mukluk and it works great. If you mount it with the tread blocks and ramps running forward, the tire will roll great and have traction. But if you mount the tire with the tread block squares going forward, you will have great traction but a little more rolling resistance. At least this is what I have found when running my VH. The VH works better than the Nate in my opinion because of the wider tire. I used to run Nates but now have made the switch to the VH on the rear.
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