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Old 01-07-14, 10:06 AM   #1
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Studded CX Tire Comparison

I'm at a point where I need recommendations between two studded CX tires: Kenda Klondike and Suomi Ice Speed. My intention is to use these on winter gravel rides when snow and ice are still present. I've not used these tires before, but have used other models on road and mountain bikes. Has anyone any advice?
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Are both made with tungsten carbide studs?
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Yep...both have steel carbide studs.

Kenda is steel-tipped. It's got to be carbide all the way...that eliminates Kenda, right?

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I havent used either of those, but have used almost identical ones on my mtb, hated them. Imo good for commuting where black ice is an issue. For rutted ice, cornering, icy bumps, useless.

For what you are describing I would want a tire with side studs as well. Check out the schwalbe winter marathon, the 45north gravidal or maybe the xerxes.
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It really depends on how much ice and snow you expect to cover. If it's going to be mostly ice without much deep snow, get a tire with a high stud count like the Marathon Winter. If it's mostly snow, get a tire with bigger knobs like the 700c Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106. If the road will be rutted, you will need a tire with studs on the shoulder like the Marathon Winter or the Nokian Hakkapeliitta W240.

What is the max tire size that will fit on your CX bike? Some will fit a knobby 700x40 like the Hakkapeliitta W240, others are a tight fit with the 700x35 Marathon Winter.
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Yep...both have steel carbide studs.

Kenda is steel-tipped. It's got to be carbide all the way...that eliminates Kenda, right?
Kenda Klondike is carbide-tipped. They may have been plain steel in the past.

http://www.kendatire.com/en/bicycle/studded-tires/
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Looks like a 35 will be the max I can get on.
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Looks like a 35 will be the max I can get on.
The 700x35 Marathon Winter should perform well for you. The Marathon Winter has studs on the shoulder and should work well on icy ruts.
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I use 700 x 35 Winter Marathons on my Trek Portland with fenders and they work great in my city of Toronto. I have never tried them in really deep snow as we haven't gotten any in two year but they work great on ice. Sometimes there is a little slip but the studs on the shoulders catch and you are fine. Most of my mile are on straight pavement without ice so I prefer this tire over one with more studs. I guess it all depends on the weather you get.
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