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Originally Posted by singletracker
It's not either, or. If you want better snow traction, get dedicated snow tires. Bigger, as in wider, tires do not make for better snow traction. There are different requirements for snow tires than for dry pavement or mud tires. It may be counterintuitive, but mostly, snow tires tend to be a tad narrower. I think this allows for better penetration into the snow, where the traction is, and less flotation, where there is minimum traction.
That has always been my observation over many winters with many vehicles.
Too wide a tire for the vehicle weight means poor traction in snow.
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