is there any thing helping hold the rivets in the tire? i thought about doing that but decided not to thinking they would come out after a couple rides.
i havnt put anything to hold them in place. they seem pretty stuck in there as i tried pulling one out and it took alot of effort to achieve this. i think this could be because i made a very small hole and had to push quite hard to get them in. i have then just wrapped it in an old innertube and put some tape around the edges. the studs seem good so far but i have not properly tested them
Thats an ice tire, not a snow tire. In deep snow, studs do not help at all. When things get soft and smooshy, you want the largest possible tire you can put into your frame. Adding studs to that tire will help you when you hit a patch of polished ice.
Honestly, I rode last winter off road on 26x2.1(closer to 2.0) Nokian 296s (296 carbide tipped studs) and this winter I ride on 29x2.3 (more like 2.25) Exiwolfs. The wider (and longer) Exiwolfs rode much better overall in a snow/ice environment. I only have problems in one spot where the ice was naturally polished. Everywhere the ice has a rough surface that rides just fine.