- What 27.5 PLUS tyres for winter/mud?
I’m completely sold on my 27+ wheels but I’m aware that come the winter deluge, they’ll probably be pretty slidy compared to my 29er mud tyres. Given the choice, I’d rather stick with my 27+ wheels rather than the 29er ones so…
What tyres for…
Are there any mud specific 27+ tyres out there? Most seem to be more like my trailblazers which are decent all rounders but clearly not mud-specificPosted 4 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
Nobby nics available now too
Bachebrothers in lye ay itPosted 4 years ago
I did a race in a claggy mud at the week-end on my Pact 27.5+. I was on panaracer fat b nimbles 3.5″ (actual width 3.0″). They clogged up pretty quick but still provided plenty of grip up muddy slopes. They were pretty rubbish when turning or on off-camber sections though probably due to rounded sahpe of tyre and low knobbles. Thinking of checking out the specialized tyres mentioned above.
One extra 27.5+side effect i had was the tyre dumping mud onto the chain which clogged the derraileur faster than other racers. This would be mitigated by a narrower tyre, but i can’t bring myself to do it.Posted 4 years agoMbnutMember
The kind of mud is making a big difference.
I live in a chalk and clay area with plenty of flint… I know, aren’t i lucky!!
Had a few rides in the rain or diving out between downpours and the semi fats worked lovely, the Crown Gem on the front was very good and the TB on the back gave good traction on climbs but offered very little grip in the corners. I actually like the grippy front slidey back combo so all good.
No rain for a couple of days, mild temperatures and high winds have seen the loose mud turn to sticky clag.
The semi fats are now something of a training aid, heavily clogged with mud and super adhesive thus gathering up impressive amounts of leaves.
Narrow, widely spaced knobbed mud tyres definitely work better here, espescially 29ers.
So will I be swapping my wheels about… possibly maybe.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
For mud you’ll be relying on the large contact patch, rather the tyre cutting through the mud- or the drag would be crippling.
So, who’s been out in proper claggy mud now that the weather has definitely turned? Reports on what plus sized tyres are working well (or not)
Waiting for a sample tyre to arrive to try this but I suspect it’ll be bad to hopeless based on local conditions – ie plus size tyres in mud depends on what sort of mud. Locally we tend to get a layer of wet clay/chalk slop with firmer stuff underneath, or simply wet firm clay/chalk, so unless you cut through or well into it you have little grip to change direction. Just adding more surface contact area won’t help since the surface is often so soft. Also, anything that needs to push a large volume of slop or mud away slows you right down when hitting soft bits at speed, even 2.4s feel noticably bad there compared to 2.2s. Storm Control 29″ is my benchmark proper winter tyre.Posted 4 years ago
It’ll be interesting to see how a B+ copes since the combo of 2.0s and roots is never great, hard to see how the B+ will balance out better overall though. We’ll see. Part of the appeal of B+ to me is being able to pop 29er mud wheelset on for winter w/o messing with overall geometry too much (can be done with full fat also I know but it never had much appeal for local trails)
I’ve finally given the Purgatory a decent go in proper mud and I’m happy to report that it worked really well. In fact it tended to grip well beyond what I expected.
Interestingly I found the Trailblazer ok on the back today but for the front, the purgatory is miles better.Posted 4 years ago
So… resurrecting my own thread… anyone using a WTB b+ Trail Boss for mud yet?
My Purgatory was great last night but unfortunately a little frame flex plus very wide side knobs resulted in rubbing at the chainstay so I need something just a little narrower.
(I’ll be selling the Purgatory BTW – works great on the front too)Posted 3 years ago
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