Originally Posted by sherpa93
Whats the story on the 240's? They look like a great tire.
I started out on Innova's version of the Nokian 106's, but it threw too many studs.
I switched to the Nokian 106's and they worked much better than the Innova's by every measurement, not just retaining studs.
However, I noticed in refrozen rutted snow, the 106's wouldn't climb ruts at any kind of angle other than almost perpendicular to the rut, and so I switched to the Nokian 240's for the side studs.
The 240's represented a huge improvement over the 106's because they would climb not only the sides of steep ruts, but they would ride on the side of rounded ice ridges safely; a huge safety improvement when encountering ice or raised surfaces at an angle.
On the downside, I commute in the winter mostly on bare pavement, with only portions on significant ice or snow, and I found the increase in rolling resistance on pavement depressing.
I mean, it really bummed me out.
This summer I decided to apply everything I had learned over the past three years of winter commuting to a dedicated winter fixed gear bike.
My lbs told me about the 294's (not released at the time we started putting the bike together), and he said all the fat tire manufacturers had learned a lot about fat tires and rolling resistance in the past few years.
I took the gamble.
For some reason, the 294's have less rolling resistance than the 240's, and feel more like the 106's in that regard.
The 294's do weigh more and have more inertia (less acceleration) than the 240's, and they cost significantly more.
I think if a person spent the whole winter, or the majority of the winter on ice and snow, with less time on bare pavement, he might prefer the 240's for cost-effectiveness.
As far as breaking trail in fresh, deep snow, I don't do that kind of riding so I can't compare the two in that capacity.
I just came back from my normal training ride that takes me about an hour, with about half on pavement and half on crusty, broken, rutted snow and ice, and I felt completely secure on my 294's the whole time, including a long, steep downhill on a bike lane into which the cars and snow plows had ejected their icy crud.