I already have a bike for regular commuting duty with Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires on it (note - may or may not even have enough clearance for bigger than 35c tires).
I also own a mountain bike, and would like to do some winter mountain biking. Figured I could put studded tires on the mountain bike, then also use it for commuting during those "OMG, it's a huge friekin snowstorm" days where my Schwalbe's are completely outclassed. :-) (I am also fortunate enough to be able to take dedicated bike paths like 85% of the way to work right now).
I was trying to figure out the best tire to get (mountain bike has 26" tires).
The Nokian Extremes are common, and I think they're on sale, but I've read some people say (when I searched the forums here) that they aren't particularly puncture resistant. Which kind of sucks - changing a flat in the bitter cold sounds like even less fun than changing a flat in regular temps. :-(
The Schwalbe Ice Spikers look tempting - Schwalbe rates gives them 5/5 for puncture resistance. They're not light tires, but apparently are the same weight as the Nokian Extreme's?
The Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro's don't have aren't rated as well for puncture resistance, but they're like 30% lighter, which might be nice.
Any thoughts and/or experience? Here's a breakdown of what I know about them - cost is not a big deal for me at the moment, I'd be more than happy to pay more for a better tire -
Ice Spiker Pro HS 379
695g (Schwalbe Site)
Ice Spiker HS 333
980 g (Schwalbe Site)
895 grams (Peter White) / 950 grams (Freewheel Bike)