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lightbulb 11-19-08 09:24 AM

Innova stud replacement tool
 
Does anyone know where I can purchase an Innova stud replacement tool and some extra studs? I wore down the studs on my rear tire last year to the point that they really weren't working too well, so I'd like to replace some of them. Unfortunately I can't find the tool anywhere online!

flipped4bikes 11-19-08 11:29 AM

Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires. :p

jwa 11-19-08 12:06 PM

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062763 ;)

I got mine when I ordered my tires from BicycleTires.com - perhaps if you emailed them they might have one even though it's not listed on-line?

lightbulb 11-19-08 01:00 PM

Well, I just emailed achievatires.com and asked them if they can get the tool, and what the price would be. I found their name from doing a search on here, and they seem to be a main distributor for Innova tires, so hopefully they will get back to me with a price. If it's cost effective, I'll buy the tool and replace the studs...if not, I'll be purchasing a new Schwalbe Ice Spiker for the rear wheel :)

lightbulb 11-19-08 01:21 PM

Okay, I got a reply back from achievatires.com, and they ran out of the tool, but they sell bags of 100 studs for $12.50. Anyone have an idea of how hard it will be to replace these studs without a tool? Should I just buy a new tire?

I'm also going to email BicycleTires.com to see if they can get them.

KrisA 11-19-08 05:25 PM

I just threw one in the garbage, you should do the same with your tires. Truly they are garbage, once you go Nokian you can never go back.

lightbulb 11-20-08 08:33 AM

Actually I just ordered a set of Nokians through the shop that I race for, they gave me an awesome deal on a pair. I'd still like to salvage these Innovas and give them to a friend who also rides in the winter.

I contacted BicycleTires.com, and they replied that they didn't have any, and had no idea when the next shipment would be coming in. Anyone have any other suggestions? Is it possible to use a car tire stud replacement tool?

Also for anyone interested, Nokian is now offering replacement carbide studs for their tires: http://www.bikeman.com/content/view/1832/1/

The replacement tool isn't available yet though!

tsl 11-20-08 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lightbulb (Post 7885597)
Actually I just ordered a set of Nokians through the shop that I race for,

Who do you ride for?

Earlier this week I called around to find a replacement Nokian W106 and the only place that had them was Towpath Bike Shop in Pittsford.

andrelam 11-20-08 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lightbulb (Post 7885597)
Actually I just ordered a set of Nokians through the shop that I race for, they gave me an awesome deal on a pair. I'd still like to salvage these Innovas and give them to a friend who also rides in the winter.
<SNIP>

Please don't HELP your friend by giving him/jer the Innovas. I bought them last year and they were total garbage. I have the bead blow out on one within 5 weeks of use... I nearly wet my pants when it "went off" next to me in my office. My ears were rining for a while. I replaced that tire with a W106 from Peter White as he had them instock and available immediately. I tried getting a warrentee replacement, but the Innovas were not available for weeks... that wasn't going to help me in December with lake effect snow coming down a few times a week.

I put the Nokia on the front and rode through the rest of the Winter. Late in the Winter we got an ice storm. The Nokia's were grabbing just fine, but while going around a corner very slowly, the rear end still slipped out from under me. I let the bike go as it was clear that is was going down. I put my foot down, but the road was to slick and I went down hard. Lesson learned. The Nokia Studds are fantastic. The Innova studs are useless after a few months of use. What's the point of studded tires if you can't count on them to work for at least 3 months of riding?

This year I needed to buy an additional tire and was closely comparing the Nokia W106 and the Schwalbe studded tire. The Schwalbe is supposed to have slightly lower resistance, but has slightly less tread depth so it would not be as effective in deeper snow. I aganized over the decision. I REALY liked the idea of the reflective sides of the Schwalbe tires. The additional studs would not hurt grip in icy conditions, but eventually the 50% greater cost of the Schwalbe caused me to pick the W106 again as it is an excellent commuter tire.

Happy riding,
André

andrelam 11-20-08 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsl (Post 7886145)
Who do you ride for?

Earlier this week I called around to find a replacement Nokian W106 and the only place that had them was Towpath Bike Shop in Pittsford.

If no one has them locally (some none of the LBS's I have come accross in Buffalo carry Winter tires), you can always get them from Peter White. I've found that they charge a reasonable rate for shipping and it gets to WNY in as little as 1 day (UPS ground).

As a side note we got our first real nasty stuff on Monday night. I had to drive on Tuesday as I had an off-site customer meeting and it was not practival to take the bike. Good thing too as the roads were an icy mess and everyone was experiencing that 1st realy snow driving. Wednesday morning there was a nice layer of fresh snow on the ground and it was plenty cold (20F). This morning it was snowing lightly, but it was not sticking around. Winter is definitely here!

Happy riding,
André

lightbulb 11-20-08 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsl (Post 7886145)
Who do you ride for?

Earlier this week I called around to find a replacement Nokian W106 and the only place that had them was Towpath Bike Shop in Pittsford.

I ride for Mac 5 Bikes in Webster. They didn't have any studs in the store (that weren't already sold), but I had them order 2 pairs of Nokian 294s, one for me, one for another guy I ride with. I don't think they'll have any problem getting more, as long as they can get them from their distributor.

Quote:

Originally Posted by andrelam (Post 7887831)
Please don't HELP your friend by giving him/jer the Innovas. I bought them last year and they were total garbage.

Actually, the Innovas will be an upgrade to the regular knobbies that he's riding on right now. I rode the Innovas all last winter, and the only time I started having trouble with them was when the rear studs wore down to the point that they weren't even sticking out above the rubber. After that point, I fell a couple of times, but I was riding on glare ice, and I knew I was asking for trouble. I think that after he rides on the Innovas, he'll be convinced that it's worth it to buy some studs, and put the money into a nicer set that won't wear down.


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