So how well do they work? Holy shit is how, I can't express enough the confidence these tires inspire on the snow and ice! How about coming down Lookout Mountain in this at 25 mph kind of traction!! As a comparison it's probably equivalent to riding on a loose gravel road when on hard packed snow and ice. On sheer ice, put it this way, I would rather be on my bike with these tires than walking in boots with vibram soles.
|Temp, 15.1 deg. You get some funny looks on days like these...|
After a couple of rides, just like they had warned, I lost 5 carbide studs, all in the rear tire. I had read this in the reviews so when I ordered the tires I also ordered an extra bag of carbide studs. I couldn’t stand the idea of missing studs and I didn’t even own them yet. I passed on the install tool and thought I would just figure something out when the time comes. Well the time came and without the tool you're not getting replacement studs back in those tires, so either get the tool or make one like I did and make short work of it. I just copied the 'look' of the 'original' tool as best I could and it worked great. I used a piece of solid 1/4" steel from my shop, drilled a 9/64" hole in the end of it, ground a tapper down to the new center hole, hammered it into the proper shape and presto, cheap tool that works wonders for replacing studs.