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Old 12-22-08, 09:20 AM   #1
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Whats a good snow tire for fixed?

Just as the title says, What tires are you guys riding in the white stuff? Is there any width better than nother? My Pake will accept no bigger than a 25c but im riding Conti Gatorskins in the 23c variety right now. I also have a Surly Steamroller that I am building up right now and have yet to choose a tire for that. So, what are you guys running?
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Old 12-22-08, 11:22 AM   #2
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surly: fatties fit fine

put some 28 or 30 or 32c cross tires on the steamroller.
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Well.. you're hozed... No-one, to my knowledge, makes a studded tire, or a lugged tire at anything less than 30(ish). You can get a good cross tire that starts at 32mm and goes up. But not anything less.

edit: on preview. What lollerskatez said. You won't be able to fit anything with decent tread in the pake.

edit edit: to answer your last question, I'm running Nokian 45s studded on my FG cross bike, they work pretty well.
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Thanks for the suggestions. One more question. I know its been asked before but how big a tire will fit on the Surly? Some studded tires sound quite nice.
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Thanks. Ill start lookin around now.
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Put Nokians on the Steamroller.
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Thanks for the suggestions. One more question. I know its been asked before but how big a tire will fit on the Surly? Some studded tires sound quite nice.
I put some 700x32 conti twisters on my steamroller for winter riding and they work really well and it seems if I wanted to go a little larger I could but I may run some full fenders soon so I wanted the extra clearance.
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I put some 700x32 conti twisters on my steamroller for winter riding and they work really well and it seems if I wanted to go a little larger I could but I may run some full fenders soon so I wanted the extra clearance.
Do you have a pic of that setup?
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I do, I will need to post it later tonight.
It looks pretty tough with knobby tires.
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I do, I will need to post it later tonight.
It looks pretty tough with knobby tires.
Cool. Thanks alot for your help, all of you.
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ritchey speedmax cross
I have 32s on my Mark V
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Nokian 106's will fit on a Steamroller.

http://www.suomityres.fi/w106.html

I rode two winters on 106's and they work well in everything except frozen ruts.

For frozen ruts you need side studs, like on the Nokian 240.

http://www.suomityres.fi/w240.html

I've ridden one winter on 240's, and I don't know if they'll fit on a Steamroller.

They might without fenders.
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ritchey speedmax cross
I have 32s on my Mark V
do you have any issues with tires wider than 28? i think thats what IRO says the max clearance is.
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do you have any issues with tires wider than 28? i think thats what IRO says the max clearance is.
I rode cross with Ritchey cross tires marked as 35, and they fit in my Mark V. No issues except that it was a bit tricky to get the chain length right so that the tires didn't rub the chainstays and the brake still reached the rim.
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Thanks for all the help guys. I have a set of Kenda Kross Supreme 35c's here in the shop im looking at but I like the idea of studs. The roads here are so icy right now, I dont Think I would get anywhere without studs.
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Here are the conti twisters on the steamroller...700x32c

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i want a steamroller now for this reason^, i want the schwalbe studded marathons for ice/snow. looks good.
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I use Kenda Klondikes and Im really happy with them. They're 700x35mm with carbide studs. I have yet to go down this year, and I'm in Milwaukee. We're getting dumped on almost daily and the kendas cut right the snow or slush, and do okay on ice, too.
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put zip ties around them 23s.. its working in seattle..
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put zip ties around them 23s.. its working in seattle..

I had this exact idea today, but didn't think it would work in the real world.

Still curious . . . Any pictures? Zip-tie spacing?
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put zip ties around them 23s.. its working in seattle..
What do you do if you get a flat?
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mind you, zip-ties would only work in a brake-less or disk-brake application.
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mind you, zip-ties would only work in a brake-less or disk-brake application.
Perfect setup for the Darwin candidate
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are stock kilo tt kenda 23s and gatorskin ultra 23s going to be equally stupid for snow use?
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