- Ice tyres – anyone used them?
i found the conti 120s too wide for snow
so have used my 120s once and put 1.8 muds on in their place last year – much better ! including racing the puffer solo and riding to work nearly every day last year – most of the time in the snow on 700 x 32 panaracer crosstowns – do second staying the **** off the roads – saw some mental interpretations of “driving” last year ….Posted 7 years agoscotbikeMember
yep – used Schwalbe’s tyres last winter – no issues on hard, or melting ice, but would second wwaswas’s comment – other road users become even more of a liability.One other thing to watch out for is when you stop and put a foot down you can slide out as you do tend to forget how slippy it is underfoot.Posted 7 years agoDigbySubscriber
rode to work this morning with my Schwalbe ‘ice tyres’ on the roadrat as they apparently require 20+ miles of ‘bedding-in’ on tarmac before you take them off-road.
quite noisy … like riding over Rice Crispies. Quite frosty this morning but no serious ice to speak of so I can’t comment yet on how effective they are on ice.
Looking forward to the first snowy off-road ride!Posted 7 years agomtbmattMember
Schwalbe Snow Studs are good for unpredictable/mixed conditions. The studs are just on the outside, so they catch you if you slip but are not too noisy for tarmac. They were ace last year on snow covered back roads and saved me multiple times when slipping on ice.
For pure ice, full spike are the way to go.Posted 7 years agoIanMunroMember
Yep they geniuinely work.Posted 7 years ago
I’ve had a set of schalbe ice spikers for several years. And around this time stick em on a spare bike for the icy mornings. There also pretty good off road tyres.
Tempted to buy a pair of the lighter ones this year though.
But your bike will sound a bit like a tank and people will look round to see what’s approaching 🙂Mental MickeyMember
I have some Schwalbe Ice Spiker’s, the wire bead version which are cheaper but heavier than the Pro’s. I think the Pro’s may also use carbide for the studs instead of the tungsten steel on mine?
I’ve not actually used them for off road as yet as I found my Trailrakers to be quite good at dealing with ice last year, probably due to the soft compound on the knobs.
I used them for commuting only, they are draggy in comparison to normal slicks as you would expect but I look at it as a positive as it’s extra exercise from my point of view.
They make one hell of a clatter on tarmac, I often left them on when the ice had thawed and more ice and snow was on the way, it’s like riding on 2 bowls of highly noisy rice krispies!
I’ve no idea how the tread would fare in off road mud as I haven’t tried it but the cheaper tyre knobs are a little ‘plasticy’ whereas the Pro version – folding bead look like a softer compound, but I’m not 100% on that, would have to check them out in a shop.
As for riding on ice, you could be forgiven at times for thinking it’s actually middle of summer, even breaking stopper power didn’t seem reduced that much. No exaggeration, they really do work on the blackest of ice, I’d even advise you to think about getting some of those stud devices that can be attached to you shoes as you may actually forget you are on ice when dismounting, the spikes work that well!
They are bloomin expensive though, I would suggest people wanting to dip their toes into the frozen water perhaps think about buying one for the front only, perhaps combined with a soft compound MTB tyre with well spread knobs on the rear, that might actually work well, then later you may decide to buy another for the full set, or not as they case may be.
Review of the pro’s here here..
Posted 7 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Ran Ice Spikers on a hardtail last winter. They’re no better than normal knobblies on softer snow, but they’re ace for ice, refrozen slush and nevé. I used them a lot for road riding in conditions where the trails round here were utterly snow-drifted. They basically turn hard-packed snow and ice into a rideable surface, though you can’t take liberties on proper water ice or you’re goin’ darn…
If you’re going to get them, I’d go front and rear personally – what’s the point of a planted front if the rear isn’t going to give you any grip? And no, they’re not very fast rolling.
And if you’re a keen runner, I can totally recommend running shoes from a Swedish brand called Icebug – they use tungsten worrever it is studs in the sole unit and work pretty much like ice tyres.Posted 7 years agocycleworldukMember
the only issue is there isnt any schwalbe ice spikers or snow studs available in the uk until the first week in december…..ive got loads coming in though if anyone wants any! 😀 (i think ive got one pair of the dearer ice spiker left in at the moment)
theyre great,i used icespikers last year in glentress and they were super grippy! very odd when everyone else is skidding about…Posted 7 years ago
I went the DIY route like the wookie above. I trimmed the excess down though to just proud of the knobs. I used bonty mud x’s and the one ride I had on them was great. Of course then all the ice melted… This year I intend on setting them up tubeless to save a bit of weight and prevent potential problems with the screw heads eating through tubes.Posted 7 years agotangentMember
I used a variety of treads during the Norweigan winter season last year. Something I learnt on my first outing, if your riding on just pure icey / hardpacked snowy roads — your tyres grip very well but of course (doh!) your feet don’t when it is time to ‘dab’ or put a foot down to halt! I’d suggest some spikes on your shoes too!
Schwable tyres are nice IMO as some of them have a reflective sidewall — which is great for on-road winter time rides.
Nokia make some hefty treads too — more studs / spikes = more pricePosted 7 years agoDickBartonMember
I don’t get on with ice tyres – feckers are too slippery when finally on the bike/disappear at the slightest bit of heat (and there is a lot given how little traction they provide) and getting them on is a total nightmare…they don’t have much give in them so they tend to snap if forced…
Try rubber-based tyres…much easier and reassuringly grippy.Posted 7 years ago
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