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Tyre pressure for snow?

The Northern MonkeyThe Northern Monkey Posts: 19,174
edited November 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
Starting to snow here... Should I run higher or lower pressures for a bit of snow?
Determined to get out and ride tomorrow, might be the last ride if the weather keeps getting worse :(

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    makes no difference.

    tyre choice is more important.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • peter413peter413 Posts: 5,120
    I always run lower pressures because it gives your tyre a bigger surface area in contact with the ground which should in theory give you more grip
  • Good question - depends how deep it is I guess!

    Do you want to cut through it with high pressures or increase your footprint with lower pressures!

    I would go for the latter

    EDIT - Peter beat me to it ;)
    Specialized Rockhopper Comp 2009.
  • robertpbrobertpb Posts: 1,866
    I've been in situations where my Land Rover or Range Rover have come to a halt in the snow, you drop pressures by 10-15psi and off you go again, works with tractors too.

    So I've always dropped the pressure, even 5psi makes a difference.

    But it's always best to go out shod in the correct wellies in the first place.
    Now where's that "Get Out of Crash Free Card"
  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    nicklouse wrote:
    makes no difference.

    tyre choice is more important.

    :?
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