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Old 12-06-05, 11:08 AM
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snow tires

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had a set of tires that they have found work really well in the snow. I was checking out some cross tires and found a studded set, has anyone ever tried these?
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Old 12-06-05, 11:17 AM
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I have the cheapest set of Nokian 700's the 106 stud tire on an old racer. They are not good for all out racing but a good compromise between friction and control. I am very satisfied with them.
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Old 12-06-05, 11:54 AM
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Innova makes some pretty cheap ones (50$ a poece) or you could spring for the Nokian Hakepellitas....but theyre pretty pricy somewheres around 125 a piece
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i have nokian hakkapellita 106's on my winter bike. they're heavy and slow as hell compared to the little old slicks.... i slide around in deep icy car tracks and in deep slush or snow but they definetely grab the road better than slicks would. it is a bit frustrating to ride really slow tires.

some things to consider...
if you ride in the city the roads will usually be dry even in winter except for ice/slush patches, during a snow storm, or right after a snow storm when the plow all the sh1t into the bike lane.
studded tires are nice for that patch of black ice that would land you on yr ass with slicks
if you get studded tires get good ones (nokians) because from what i know the cheaper ones will just make yr life worse for a number of reasons.

i haven't tried riding on the frozen lake yet. mostly because it's not yet frozen.
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Old 12-06-05, 12:16 PM
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sweet. thanx. do you find the studs are hard to ride (slippery) on dry pavement? I don't want thave to change tires everytime it snows. I am only using them to commute so frozen lakes are not really a concern. However, that would be awesome.
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Old 12-06-05, 01:06 PM
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If you don't go for the studded tires- a 28mm conti 4-season tire at ~90 psi on the front gives the best bad-weather grip out of any i've tried.

nothing but studs helps on sheet ice, though.
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Old 12-06-05, 01:09 PM
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on sheet ice, half the time the studs do nothing but gore the **** out of you when you eat it.
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Originally Posted by shants
on sheet ice, half the time the studs do nothing but gore the **** out of you when you eat it.
I've found that the studded tires at ~35 psi give great traction even on flat sheets of ice. I'm running with the nokian MTB tires, so ymmv with the narrower 700c and other manufacturers.
in fact, the only time i've fallen on ice with the studded tires was when i was riding across a iced up parking lot, tried to put my foot down, and it slipped out from under me.
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nokian hakkapellitta 700c w106 = $45 each not 125

when the road's dry they are loud and really slow but its not slippery... you can hear the studs connecting with concrete which isnt always nice.
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I've ridden both the Innova's and the Nokians.
The Nokians last longer and don't make as much noise.
Think Rolling Resistance.
Still, I ride in horrific weather with success, up until the ruts freeze.
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