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Old 10-20-11, 04:12 AM   #1
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Best tyre for glazed ice and 25mile rides

After crashing a lot last two winters, this year I'm going to get some studded tyres.

The most common tyre available here is the Schwalbe Marathon Winter.

The conditions in winter are snow packed to glazed ice by cars, with black ice when it rains during the day (and freezes overnight). It is very very rare we get loose snow on the roads.

From what I've read, I need a tyre with low nubs and studs. The Marathon Winter looks suitable; what about the Nokian alternatives? Oh, and it needs to fit a 26"/559 wheel (so I can't use the Nokian A10).

What are people's opinions of the best tyres for the conditions? I ride a 50mile round-trip commute, so diy knobblies with steel screws probably wouldn't last.
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Old 10-20-11, 06:45 AM   #2
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I found this thread
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...apellitta-W240

Which seems to answer most of my questions.
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Old 10-21-11, 11:31 AM   #3
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Mount and Ground W tires I got in the 90's, are still fine.. though I'm close in.

And not in the great white north..
25 mile each way , do you go on the job-clock from your front door?
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I have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter. They sound perfect for what you describe. They don't do well in deep snow.
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I have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter. They sound perfect for what you describe. They don't do well in deep snow.
Agreed. I use those here in Louisville where we get more ice than snow. I also took them on a grueling ride in a rural area with lots of loose snow and regretted it.
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I ride a 50mile round-trip commute, so diy knobblies with steel screws probably wouldn't last.
that sounds like a long ride in nasty conditions. My hat's off to you, sir.
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As others have stated the Marathon Winters will work well for you. They also roll pretty well for a studded tire.
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I have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter. They sound perfect for what you describe. They don't do well in deep snow.
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I used the Nokian Mount & Ground as well and things get VERY icy here. The studs bite into the ice beautifully, and it feels as though I have more traction on ice than on pavement. They can also handle powder snow up to around 6" deep, but can only manage about 2-3" inches of wet snow or slush, and you'll be standing up the whole time. I've had my pair for 3 years of commuting now, and they are still working great and look like new.
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I couldn't agree more with the above posters' recommendation of the Schwalbe Marathon Winters. I ride in the conditions you describe, including a lot of heavily rutted icy areas. The Marathon Winters roll well on dry pavement at full inflation, and on ice and light snow at lower inflation.

Last winter, I almost slipped and fell down when I stopped to take a leak. Riding along, I didn't even notice there was a glaze of ice on the MUP from freezing drizzle.

Keep in mind that your average speed will drop by 2-3 mph or more, depending on the conditions, so factor in extra time.
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I used the Nokian Mount & Ground as well and things get VERY icy here. The studs bite into the ice beautifully, and it feels as though I have more traction on ice than on pavement. They can also handle powder snow up to around 6" deep, but can only manage about 2-3" inches of wet snow or slush, and you'll be standing up the whole time. I've had my pair for 3 years of commuting now, and they are still working great and look like new.

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I've have come upon golf ball sized knobs of solid ice that were melting and rolled right over them.
When I hit them I thought I was going down, but I went over them like nothing. I did slow down to about 5-8 mph before I hit them.
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I've got some Marathon Winters now and fitted them to do a bit of bedding in. The weight is very noticeable when setting off, less so once rolling. I reckon my speed drops from 28kph to 25kph for the same effort. The drag when turning is *very* high; it feels like I've suddenly run into porridge.
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