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Old 12-28-10, 10:14 AM   #1
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Nokian A10 studded tires

I understand these are a little hard to get, it took an LBS a month to get me a pair, so I thought I'd review them on my blog and share it here. I ride all winter and normally stick to the busy streets which are usually just wet. This year I decided to go with studded tires and Nokian A10 seemed to have the most practical stud pattern because they have 72 studs spaced along the outer edge of the tread. Most of the time the studs don't interfere much with the roll on pavement but provide extra grip in packed and rutted snow and ice. They are especially noticeable when turning on icy patches, then you can actually feel them grab and prevent the wheel from slipping out from under you. I've had numerous occasions already when I have stayed on my wheels rather than putting a foot down for stability. I still don't feel really aggressive on these, and I'm not racing across any frozen lakes with them, but it is a big improvement on the city streets. The studs are placed well enough that they help when you need them and are out of the way when you don't
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Old 12-28-10, 10:28 AM   #2
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Thanks for the review, I may have to order some.
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Old 12-28-10, 11:31 AM   #3
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They're a sturdy tire. I had a unstudded set on my touring bike 622-40,
used thorn resistant tubes.

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Old 12-28-10, 03:58 PM   #4
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in a related vein I just installed 26"x 1.9 Nokian 106 Hakkapelitta on my LHT. They ARE slow and noisy but once you get used to the lower speed it's just pedaling as usual. Except for the part where riding on the sidewalk through 2" of snow/slush didn't matter. Or riding through the shade over icy patches, and it doesn't matter. It's like having 4wd compared to 2wd in the snow. Gladly trading slower speed for greater confidence/comfort over slick surfaces.
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I had them for a while but didn't really get the chance to ride in ice. They get mixed reviews, many posters say there aren't enough studs for serious ice, especially if you're going up a hill or something. I imagine for an occasional ice patch they might work fine. I found them incredibly slower on clear streets than regular tires, but I'm sure they are worlds better than the more aggressive studded tires in that regard.
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I understand these are a little hard to get
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I replaced mine w/ marathon winters. I found the nokians less grippy in plain old rain than my regular tires, so I'd be slipping on wet street markings etc... that my regular unstudded schwalbes held onto pretty well. The marathon winters clamp onto everything I encounter (which is pretty much only rain and black ice).
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I'm only semi-pleased with my A10 (though I can't complain, I bought it for $20 from a guy moving to CA). it does give a bit more grip but not as much as I'd like. definitely tempted to go w/ marathon winter...
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I had them for a while but didn't really get the chance to ride in ice. They get mixed reviews, many posters say there aren't enough studs for serious ice, especially if you're going up a hill or something. I imagine for an occasional ice patch they might work fine. I found them incredibly slower on clear streets than regular tires, but I'm sure they are worlds better than the more aggressive studded tires in that regard.
No, these are definitely not for solid ice or even heavy snow, just for plowed streets with the unexpected ice patches and ruts.

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I am happy with Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires. They are excellent on ice or hard packed snow, but not so good in loose or deep snow (any condition when the studs can't grip).
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I bought these because they were pretty much the only studded tires I could find in a 700c32 size. All the others seem to be 35 or 38, which won't work with fenders on my Miyata 1000. I find them to be fine for the conditions we normally get in Calgary: not too much snow, lots of ice.

They don't have enough studs to allow aggressive cornering, but I'm commuting not racing.
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My commuter bike (Jamis Aurora) has limited clearance so I have a 700x32 A10 in the back and a 700x35 W106 up front. The combo works great for light snow and the occasional icy patches, but things get squirrelly with rutted snow. The front feels pretty solid but the A10 slides around a lot more. The number of studs doesn't affect performance in snow so it's probably the tread design or the narrower width, hard to say which.
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I'm confused about the term "grippiness". Can't I just let 5 pounds air out of the tubes to achieve this?
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I'm confused about the term "grippiness". Can't I just let 5 pounds air out of the tubes to achieve this?
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Do you have to worry about rolling studded tires on carpet? I seem to remember reading somewhere that studded tires will snag carpet. I bring my bike into my office at work and don't want to mess up the carpet.
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Do you have to worry about rolling studded tires on carpet? I seem to remember reading somewhere that studded tires will snag carpet. I bring my bike into my office at work and don't want to mess up the carpet.
I was surprised when I first bought a studded tire how small the studs are. They aren't very pronounced. I suppose it's possible for them to snag a loop of carpet but I wouldn't think it's likely. Probably depends on the carpet.

If you're riding on snow or slush at all your bike and tires will be at least wet and very possibly packed with snow, sand and other road grime. For that reason rolling them over the office carpet probably isn't the best idea.
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