Are mountain bikes good for snow?

Hello everyone,
To train the kidneys, I want to buy myself a mountain bike. However, it usually snows where I live. If I buy a mountain bike, can it be used when there is snow or not? Hope everyone can give me the answer.
Thanks everyone.

Comments

  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    If there’s six inches of snow then no. You need a fat tyred bike.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 16,016
    Hard packed ice, and a bit of snow, okay - if you get studded tyres - loads of fun in fact.

    Anything more than 2-3 cm of loose snow and the tyres won't track well and won't get through to anything hard enough to bit into. At least for me the experience is constantly catching the front wheel before it goes out from under me, and spinning the back wheel.

    I did a fair bit of this over the winter.
  • thistle_
    thistle_ Posts: 7,217

    Hard packed ice, and a bit of snow, okay - if you get studded tyres - loads of fun in fact.

    Anything more than 2-3 cm of loose snow and the tyres won't track well and won't get through to anything hard enough to bit into.

    2-3 cm overlying something rough (i.e. if it hasn't turned to ice yet) is good fun.
    Hard work but good fun.

  • steve_sordy
    steve_sordy Posts: 2,446
    Mountain bikes are fine, its all about the tyres and the rider.

    I discovered that mud tyres work well in snow. But for ice you need studded tyres.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 16,016

    Mountain bikes are fine, its all about the tyres and the rider.

    I discovered that mud tyres work well in snow. But for ice you need studded tyres.

    What if it's mixed (I know this sounds stupid but my snow/ice tyres are hopeless in deepish snow).
  • webboo said:

    If there’s six inches of snow then no. You need a fat tyred bike.

    Thanks you
  • Hard packed ice, and a bit of snow, okay - if you get studded tyres - loads of fun in fact.

    Anything more than 2-3 cm of loose snow and the tyres won't track well and won't get through to anything hard enough to bit into. At least for me the experience is constantly catching the front wheel before it goes out from under me, and spinning the back wheel.

    I did a fair bit of this over the winter.

    Thanks you so much
  • Mountain bikes are fine, its all about the tyres and the rider.

    I discovered that mud tyres work well in snow. But for ice you need studded tyres.

    Thanks a lot