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midgehullukmidgehulluk Posts: 194
edited July 2019 in MTB general
Hello everyone, I’m looking at biking through the winter months doing XC/bridel ways etc, so my question is what type of bike would be best suited to all the mud I’ll be getting covered in? 650b+/29+/fat bike or a gravel adventure kinda bike?

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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,656
    Do you need or want a new bike?
    What bike have you currently ride and why can’t you ride it through the winter?
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

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  • midgehullukmidgehulluk Posts: 194
    I want a new bike, thinking fully rigid. Just not sure what wheel size and tyre size would be best?
  • LagrangeLagrange Posts: 652
    Go to Halfords and look at what they have - it will give you a good idea. Generally 26 inch wheels are on their way out - slowly. You might not notice the difference between the remaining wheel sizes - so it becomes preference. I'd look at the Bizango and the Boardman MTB. Maybe think about a hybrid too.
  • midgehullukmidgehulluk Posts: 194
    Maybe I’ve not been clear on the question I’m trying to put across. I’ll try again, which is the best tyre width to deal with winter muddy conditions. Which end of the scale is better? Narrow 1.5”/2.0” or 4.0” ?
  • tom_howardtom_howard Posts: 792
    Depends on the type of mud you have really. Loose, wet slurry type mud, I’d go skinny. Thick clay I’d go fat. (My fat bike has two wheel sets for exactly this reason...)

    And not go into a Halfords.
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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,656
    Maybe I’ve not been clear on the question I’m trying to put across. I’ll try again, which is the best tyre width to deal with winter muddy conditions. Which end of the scale is better? Narrow 1.5”/2.0” or 4.0” ?

    Your original question was
    ... what type of bike would be best suited to all the mud I’ll be getting covered in? 650b+/29+/fat bike or a gravel adventure kinda bike?

    I have recently bought a gravel bike and it is a hoot. Riding it is like mountain biking was in the 1980’s but with drop bars.
    It came with 700c wheels and 40mm tyres but will take 650b wheels with tyres up to 2”.
    It’s fine on the road with the tyre pressure at around 60psi and great on bridle ways and non-technical single track with about 40psi. I reckon it will be even more fun in the winter mud with grippier tyres.
    An added bonus is that it has a full compliment of mudguard and rack mounts so will be ideal for bike packing and touring.

    I’d say give a gravel or adventure bike a go.
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

    Giant Trance 2 27.5 2016 ¦ Bird Zero Mk1 ¦ Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2019 ¦ Giant Anthem 3 2015 ¦ Specialized Myka Comp FSR 2009
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