For serious cyclists, biking is a four-season sport. Just because it's snowing doesn't mean it's time to hang the bike up until Spring. Innovations in gear and apparel continue to improve and become more effective in keeping riders warm and safe when riding in the snow, and studded bike tires are a great example of this. Studded snow tires feature metal spikes that are effective for gripping snow and ice, and the best studded snow tires feature spikes that grip snow and ice, stay clear of debris and are durable.
Schwalbe Ice Spiker
Schwalbe's Ice Spiker studded snow tire features 304 spikes with a carbide/tungsten core to dig through snow and ice for snow and traction in winter conditions and a galvanized steel base keeps them in place. Bikeradar.com's Guy Kesteven reviewed the Ice Spikers, noting its effectiveness and durability, writing that "nothing else comes close for icy trail grip" and that "it will probably last you a lifetime."
Nokian Mount and Ground
Nokian's Mount and Ground snow tire is a versatile option for winter riders. A combination of the carbon-silica tread and 160 imbedded steel studs makes for solid traction on icy ground. Karl Rosengarth, gear reviewer for mountain bike magazine "Dirt Rag," tested the Mount and Ground in frozen mud and ice, saying that the Mount and Grounds cleared terrain that regular tires couldn't have handled. For an even more grueling traction test, he ran laps on a frozen pond without sliding out, "even after I accidentally locked both brakes and came skidding to a halt."
Nokian Freddie's Revenz
Built for riding in extreme winter conditions, Nokian's Freddie's Revenz features 336 steel buds with carbide pins in order to grip slick terrain and a wider profile to allow the tire to float on snow. Reviews on mtbr.com noted that the Freddie's Revenz tire delivers great traction, with one reviewer stating that they provide "simply the best traction available on ice, period," and another commenting that the tire retains studs well and that the studs themselves are long-lasting, saying that, "Nokian tires will last for many many hundreds of dry pavement miles with virtually no wear to the studs."
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.