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 x 2.25. The Evo­lu­tion line of Ice Spiker Pro fea­tures Lite­skin side­walls for more weight sav­ings. The Per­for­mance line has Race­guard pro­tec­tion: the tire should dig into things without hav­ing ob­jects dig­ging into it. ( $115–$180 schwal­be­tires.com)

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 just to the right and left of the cen­tre. The knobs are de­signed to move snow and gunk to the side. The 30 t.p.i. cas­ing makes for a durable tire. Kenda also has wider Klondike tires that can out­fit your 26", 27.5" and 29" wheel bikes. ( $90 bi­cy­cle.kendatire.com)

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 setup, the spikes only run along the edges to help you cor­ner bet­ter on the slip­pery stuff. The fully stud­ded tires have tung­sten car­bide/steel studs run­ning in the cen­tre of the tread as well. This pat­tern will help to keep your rear wheel from slip­ping dur­ing your starts. As for your front wheel, you’ll go in the di­rec­tion you point it, which can be a pretty novel fea­ture on ice. ( $140 spe­cial­ized.com)

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 bite, add Bon­trager tire studs (25 studs for $14 or 225 for $70) to your Gnar­whal with the com­pany’s tire stud tool ($16). Those alu­minum car­bide spikes will grab hold on the snow. w. ( $295 bon­trager.com)

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