you need a very good tyre that sheds the mud instantly and im not willing to use one with that sparse a tread as it would wear out in a week on the road
a normal knobblie would just end up slick anyway and a heavy slick at that
so a semi slick is perfect as there isnt any tread to pack out with mud so a lot less rolling resistance but enough on the side to dig in on a corner
a high gear is less likely to spin the wheel as its all about the low speed torque . a short stem and set back post keeps the weight over the rear so more grip keeping the front light and less wear where i do have a bit more tread than the rear
this is after being too lazy to change from a slick to a tyre with tread one day after grabbing the bike from the turbo trainer and realizing the rear was just as good in the mud . i was a lot quicker that day through not churning up the ground
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