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Old 01-09-17, 12:23 PM
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Testing studded tires on the most extreme conditions

I've debated fatbike studded tires for a while - They are very pricey, but living in MN you can miss a lot of riding in the winter without studded tires. I had a 26er winter bike had studs and it was my go-to bike on icy days. But I broke the frame a year ago. Now, we've had super icy conditions in Minnesota over the last few weeks, so I've been a little challenged to get out and ride. I was in REI on Saturday and bought their last pair of Dillinger4 120tpi tires ($225/each). Sunday I took them out for a test ride, I rode 7 miles across Lake Minnetonka. Funny enough I found another rider near the start of my ride, he was headed the same way so we rode together.

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I can't image riding conditions that are more demanding for studded tires and I was very happy. There was no funny business, no major steering adjustments - set a steady pace (8mph) and make small adjustments to stay on course. And these tires were great on the ride home on iced over limestone and some blacktop. I think I had about 8 psi in the tires. I'll have to double check the actual pressure I had in the tires, I set the tires up in the basement and had the pressure high - knowing that the cold air would reduce the pressure once I got outside.

I'm waiting for fresh snow to test how these tires handle deeper snow. However, based on yesterday's ride, I'm totally impressed... 45NRTH really knows their stuff! The Dillingers are worth the price for riders that will ride icy conditions. But they would be overkill for most riders (kinda like fatbikes in general are overkill for most riders).

Edit - afterthought: I wish the GoPro could pick up the noises of the lake ice... it's really something else to hear!

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Then there is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal.. 395 miles long 45 miles wide
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Then there is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal.. 395 miles long 45 miles wide
HA! OK, I could ride further. Jim (the guy I met on the lake), he did 22 miles, all on the lake ice . I stopped at a tap room in Excelsior for a growler and didn't want to take chances on the ice with my beer, so I took a rail-trail home.
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Then there was that time Lake Superior froze enough to allow people access to ice caves:



https://wisconsinbikefed.org/2014/03/...the-ice-caves/
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I've purchased tires for my car that are less expensive than Dillingers.
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I was looking to see another @Hypno Toad slip and fall and didn't see one. Awesome, I can't wait to get my set of tires on my bike to hit Lake Waconia. The rail to trail towards Mayer is mostly compact snow and ice, so we have a need for them suckers now. Wife's bike is all kitted out already with Vee Tires Snowshoe XL studded tires.
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LOL! I'm sure I'll still supply more fallen angel videos. But not this time, stayed studded-side down the whole way!
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Overflow ice, which can be bumpy and irregular is about the only thing more demanding I can think of.

And yes, Dillingers are a good all-around tire. Some non-fat studded tires will do better on glare ice (like the Ice Spiker Pro) but Dillingers will keep you upright.
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