Spike the Snow and Ice

Stud­ded tires will have you rolling with con­fi­dence this win­ter

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Matthew Pioro

If you brave the snow or ice on non­stud­ded tires, then I both ad­mire you and envy you. I ad­mire you be­cause you must spend so much of your ride slip­ping and slid­ing that you’re a win­ter dare­devil. I also envy you be­cause you’ll be giddy with de­light when you fi­nally run stud­ded tires. The trac­tion and con­trol they of­fer in the snow and ice will be a rev­e­la­tion. You’ll have way more fun on your rides without all the slip­ping and slid­ing.

Sch­walbe Ice Spiker Pro Sch­walbe keeps the weight of its studs down by cladding their durable tung­sten car­bide cores with alu­minum. The com­pany’s Ice Spiker Pro is a top tire that comes in sizes that in­clude 26 x 2.10 , 27.5 x 2.25, 27.5 x 2.60 and 29...

Kenda Klondike Skinny The Klondike Skinny, in 35c or 40c, will keep you up­right in snowy cy­clocross races. (Make sure you are al­lowed to run tires wider than 33c be­fore you show up at the start line.) One hun­dred tung­sten car­bide studs dot each tire...

Spe­cial­ized Ice­breaker Re­flect The Spe­cial­ized Ice­breaker Re­flect has a lot of sip­ing for grip and an open tread pat­tern to shed snow. The 26 x 1.75 and 700 x 38 mod­els of Ice­breaker Re­flect come fully stud­ded or par­tially stud­ded. With the par­tial...

Bon­trager Gnar­whal Fat Bike You can get the Gnar­whal with studs in a 26 x 3.8 con­fig­u­ra­tion. You can also o get the same tire without studs, as well as a 27 x 4.5 without. The ag­gres­sive tread with sipes can give you a lot of trac­tion. But, for ex­tra...

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