Klondike wide (2.1) vs. Nokian extreme 294 (2.1) ???
I have been using the Kenda klondike “wide” tires this winter (252 studs). They work well, but since this is my first set of winter tires I really do not know how good they are compared to others. I use the bike mainly to keep fit (I ride the trails on the weekends and ride to work on weekdays).
Everyone seems to like the Nokian extreme 294 in the snow and ice, so I am wondering if I made the wrong choice.
Since I also commute on my bike I need some tires that have good manners on the road when the roads are clear (or almost clear) of ice and snow (maybe ½ the time?)
The Nokian tires look more “aggressive” than the Klondike, with bigger knobs and more studs. Do they (the 294’s) have more rolling resistance when the roads are clear/almost clear? How do they perform when the roads are clear?
Has someone had experience with both?
Nokian 2.1" are more like a 1.9". They run narrow. Perhaps they were measuring on a particularly wide rim ???
The Klondikes look like a good tire. They say they have carbide studs. As long as the studs are carbide I would'nt worry which is better. They look similiar to the '294's. IMO any studded tire is going to have alot of rolling resistance, you just have to bare with it. I have a Nokian M&G 160 on the front and a Schwalbe Snow Stud on the back(which I think are junk). That's why I switched to the M&G up front. And when I ride on dry roads it feels like I'm dragging a load. But that's the way it is. It only extends my commute by about 10min. Not bad. I'm looking at the Klondikes to put on the rear. Either one, the Klondike or the 294 I would go with. Whichever I can find cheaper.
Scoatw – I can confirm that the Klondike’s have carbide studs.
Do you actually have any problems with your current tires?
No, I do not have any problems with the tires, they work great.
But since these tires are the only one’s I have tried, I can’t say how good they are really.
Clearly they are good enough for your needs.
Originally Posted by G520