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Old 12-09-03, 02:11 PM   #1
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Schwalbe Ice Spikers...any coments?

Has anyone tried the Schwalbe Ice Spiker 2.1" studded tire (304 studs!)? MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op....a CDN shop) has them for $96CDN/tire. Weight is ~1015g/tire (verified on a digital scale). Available only in wire bead. Here's a pic:



Schwalbe has them listed for $84 US (~$110CDN).

They look surprisingly similar to the Nokian Hakka WXC300 (which are ~$95US/tire).



Weight on the Nokians is a svelte 695g/tire. Unfortunately, I've spoken with several WXC300 users who've had problems with loosing the studs from their tires. One indicated loosing 50+ studs from one tire! Ouch! Considering there are 300 studs, that's 1 in 6...not good, especially considering the price.

I was going to make my own set using a set of IRC Mythos 2.1" (580g front; 536g rear). Any idea what ~300 #8 3/8" sheet metal screws weigh? Also, I would need to line the tires with another tube....160g/tube. Just curious how close the two sets would be?

Also, the Schwalbes come with puncture protection.

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Old 12-19-03, 08:24 AM   #2
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quite expensive...do your own 10$plus tire

I saw them,they look great(schwalbe)but cost too much for my budget.
But they inspired me to create my own custom winter tires with a pair of maxxis mobsters that came with my bike(but you can use canadian tire cheapies as well) .A co-rider and i just finihed a rather agressive tire made with 10-32 1/2 inch metal screws.We grinded every screw,punctured the crampons according to the desired pattern and added some bolts.The protection layer inside the tire is duct tape.It took about an hour 1/2 for each tire,cost 10$ or so per tire... and believe me,they make your bike stick to the ice.On top of that they look way sexy!
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Old 12-19-03, 08:30 AM   #3
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i forgot...

by the way, you dont need 300 spikes, 90 or so per tire is enough...i dont know about the weight,i use alumnium screws.
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