Wolverine wrote:I'm surprised that the issue of spring thaw riding hasn't come up. I know nothing about skiing so I don't have anything to say about ski trails, but I have been wondering about the impact of fat bikes during the spring thaw. My assumption, right or wrong still to be determined, is that fat bikes will make an appearance on the trails before skinny ones, particularly this spring when there's been so little snow over the winter for them to play on. It'll be interesting to see what trace is left behind by fat bikes during that time. Are they a viable option when skinny tires are leaving pizza cutters or if skinny tires should stay off the trails should fat bikes too?
From personal experience I can say that they definitely have less of an impact than normal-tired MTBs, but they still can have an impact if the trail is particularly soft. So, I think that riders will have to take due care still, but fat bikers might be able to get out a little earlier.