Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Bikes: recumbent & upright
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+1 to the Nokians,
their W106 model is a good balance between traction, performance and wear.
The set on my bike has over a 1000 km, studs still look good and work well.
There are other tires with more studs, but if your ride is a mix of pavement
with icy/hard pack spots the W106 is a more pragmatic choice. If your ride
is on mostly icy surfaces with lots of ruts etc, the other tires may be more
effective, not only as they have more studs but the studs are nearer the tire's
edge. What ever tire you use, riding on icy surfaces does take a little
practice and caution, it is easy to forget you are on ice and have the studs
and go too fast or corner too sharply.