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Any recommendations for winter MTB tires?

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Does anyone have experience with studded winter tires on their mountain bike? I'm thinking they'd be a good purchase so I can keep riding over the winter, but I know nothing about them, or which ones are good.
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Thanks. Good article.
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Here are a few more winter cycling resources;

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=53

http://www.icebike.org/

Michael
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I've made my own super studs by inserting auto studs into a mtb tire. Absolutely super solid on ice, heavy and unneccesary on packed snow. Where I lived the Colorado sun would melt the snowbanks every day and form a road glacier at night, so they made a world of difference. When there was fresh snow, I'd go back to regular tires.
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I've made my own super studs by inserting auto studs into a mtb tire.
Interesting. How did you do that?
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Interesting. How did you do that?
I got a box of studs from a tire store, took an old tire with big knobs, drilled through the knobs and punched the studs in from the back. I lined the tire with an old sew-up road tire casing, but a mr tuffy or even a heavy tube would work. The studs had a nice broad base and never backed out at all.
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
I got a box of studs from a tire store, took an old tire with big knobs, drilled through the knobs and punched the studs in from the back. I lined the tire with an old sew-up road tire casing, but a mr tuffy or even a heavy tube would work. The studs had a nice broad base and never backed out at all.
I did the same thing, but just used sheet metal screws and then a few layers of duct tape. Also, clip off the ends of the screws so they don't stick out so far.
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Well, I finally did it. Last week I picked up a pair of Schwalbe Ice Spiker tires. Deep knobs, soft rubber, and 304 tungsten-carbide tip spikes. Pricy but, as I discovered, worth every penny and more.

I've been ripping in up on slippery compacted snow and ice, including some steep single track climbs and descents, and I can't wipe the grin off my face. I have better traction and less wheel spin on climbs now than I have during the summer... and the stopping power is unbelievable. I'm a true believer now... and glad I can get off the damned trainer in the basement. Riding that was worse than Chinese water torture.

It's such a complete blast to be able to ride during ski season, when in the past that meant stowing the bike for five or six months.
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