Studded and Winter Tires

Studded tires are the biggest upgrade you can make to a winter bike. There are a variety of factors involved in choosing the right studded tire. Tire size, the number of studs and stud material are the the most important.Here are some FAQs to help you choose the right tire:

What’s size tire should I buy?
The ideal size tire depends on what fits your bike and whether you want your Cargo Bike to be better equipped for snow, or dry pavement. A wider tire will provide better traction, but at the expense of more rolling resistance.

How many studs?
If you mostly ride city streets, consider a tire with fewer studs. Tires with fewer studs perform better on pavement, but won’t handle as well on ice. If you ride extensively on trails, or infrequently plowed side streets you might want to consider a tire with more studs to provide better traction.

Carbide or steel?
The choice of stud material doesn’t affect how the tire handles, but it has a huge impact on durability. Carbide tipped studs will last much longer, especially if you find yourself riding on long sections of dry pavement. However, steel studs are less expensive, and a good option if you don’t plan on riding every day.

One tire or two?
Studded tires are a pretty large investment, especially if you don’t ride your bike every day. One option that we’ve found is to install a single studded tire on the front wheel. Most of your control and braking is provided by the front tire, so a single studded tire will often suffice for moderately icy situations. Additionally a single tire will be a little faster and easier to manage in dry pavement. That having been said, a full set of studded tires are very beneficial as the winter presses on and the side streets become a harrowing system of icy ruts.

What do you have available?
We’ve tried to make this page reflect what we have as closely as possible,but feel free to give us a call or send us an email to make sure.

Tires

45NRTH ArcwelderClick for details

$59.99

45NRTH is a new company based in Minneapolis. Their tires are designed to be tough and affordable.

Size

26" x 2.1"

Number Of Studs

268

Stud Material

Steel

45NRTH PolaraClick for details

$49.99

45NRTH tires are developed to take on Minneapolis’ worst winter conditions. The Polara is a great tire for the budget conscious.

Size

700" x 35"

Number Of Studs

110

Stud Material

Steel

Continental Spike Claw 26″Click for details

$99.99

This tire will excel on unplowed trails or if your route includes icy, rutted out side streets.

Size

26×2.1"

Number Of Studs

240

Stud Material

Steel

Continental Nordic SpikeClick for details

$94.99

A wide, aggressive treaded tire with lots of studs. The Spike Claw is built for taking on the worst streets.

Size

700×42

Number Of Studs

240

Stud Material

Steel

Continental Top Contact Winter 26″Click for details

$59.99

Continental used their experience in producing winter tires for cars to create a new approach to winter bike tires. The top contact isn’t studded. Instead it features an extremely grippy rubber compound and a specially designed siped tread.

Size

26×1.9″

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Continental Top Contact Winter 700CClick for details

$59.99

Continental’s outside the box approach to winter bike tires. A great option if you find yourself riding mostly on wet sloppy snow, rather than ice.

Size

700x37

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Innova Studded Tire 26″Click for details

$59.99

A great tire at a reasonable price. The Innova is narrow 26″ tire with fewer studs. This is a good choice if you want a little faster riding tire.

Size

26×1.9″

Number Of Studs

104

Stud Material

Steel

Innova Studded Tire 26″Click for details

$69.99

A wider tire with plenty of studs. A hard-core tire for the iciest commutes.

Size

26x2.1"

Number Of Studs

268

Stud Material

Steel

Innova Studded Tire 700CClick for details

$59.99

An affordable all around option.

Size

700x35

Number Of Studs

110

Stud Material

Steel

Kenda Klondike K946Click for details

$79.99

The Kenda is a great value for a tire with carbide tipped studs. The K946 is on the narrower side, but still sports a healthy number of studs.

Size

26×1.95"

Number Of Studs

168

Stud Material

Polymer Body W/ Carbide Tips

Kenda Klondike K1013Click for details

$79.99

A lot of studs and wide width make the K1013 ideal for the worst roads and trails.

Size

26×2.1″

Number Of Studs

252

Stud Material

Polymer Body W/Carbide tips

Kenda Klondike K1014Click for details

$79.99

A versatile and affordable tire. A perfect every day rider.

Size

700x35

Number Of Studs

110

Stud Material

Polymer Body W/Carbide tips

Kenda Klondike K1014Click for details

$79.99

A wider profile means this tire will be able to roll through most anything. Great for hybrids, or ‘cross bikes with enough clearance to run a bigger tire.

Size

700x40

Number Of Studs

100

Stud Material

Polymer Body W/Carbide tips

Kenda KwickClick for details

$19.99

Not a studded tire, but a good choice if you ride a bike that lacks the clearance for a higher profile studded tire. The tread pattern will help in snow, though not as much as a studded tire.

Size

700x30

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Nokian Gazza ExtremeClick for details

$119.99

A brand new studded 29er tire from Finland’s finest. A beast of a tire perfect for conquering trails, or the gnarliest streets.

Size

29X2.1″#sthash.JcyAv7jA.dpuf

Number Of Studs

294

Stud Material

Steel W/Carbide Tips

Nokian Mount & Ground W160Click for details

$69.99

Nokian is a Finnish company that specializes in winter tires for all vehicles. Their experience shows in this well designed, durable tire.

Size

26×1.9″

Number Of Studs

160

Stud Material

Steel W/Carbide Tips

Nokian Hakkapelitta A10Click for details

$59.99

This is, hands down, our best selling studded tire. It’s a great tire, but perhaps more crucially, it size allows it to fit on a wide range of bikes. It’s also a fantastic tire if you want the smoothest ride possible on clear pavement.

Size

700x32

Number Of Studs

72

Stud Material

Steel W/Carbide Tips

Nokian Ice SpeedClick for details

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A nice balance between the A10 and Nokian’s more aggressive offerings.

Size

700x37

Number Of Studs

100

Stud Material

Steel W/Carbide Tips

Nokian HakkapelittaClick for details

$99.99

A wide, highly studded tire in a 700C size. This tire would be perfectly suited to a 29er set up for commuting.

Size

700x40

Number Of Studs

240

Stud Material

Steel W/Carbide Tips

Panaracer Cross BlasterClick for details

$39.99

Not a studded tire, but still a great winter option if you can’t fit a studded tire. We’re big fans of the design and durability of Panaracer tires.

Size

700x31

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Schwalbe Marathon Studded TireClick for details

$84.99

A winter version of Schwalbe’s fantastic Marathon city tire. This is a new favorite amongst those of us at the shop who can run a wider tire.

Size

700x40

Number Of Studs

240

Stud Material

Tungsten Carbide

Sunlite K161 27″ Hybrid TireClick for details

$14.99

Unfortunately there aren’t any studded tire options available for 27″ wheels. If you plan on riding an older bike equipped with 27″ wheels through the winter these will be the next best thing.

Size

27×1&3/8″

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Innova Stud Replacement KitClick for details

$23.99

A kit for replacing the studs on your Innova studded tire. Includes a specially designed tool and 20 studs.

Size

N/A

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Nokian Stud Replacement KitClick for details

$19.99

20 carbide tipped studs for your Nokian tires.

Size

N/A

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

Nokian Stud Replacement ToolClick for details

$14.99

A tool designed for replacing the studs in your Nokian tires.

Size

N/A

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A

45NRTH Dillinger 4 StuddedClick for details

$174.99

45NRTH is a new company based in Minneapolis. Their tires are designed to be tough and affordable. The Dillinger is designed to tackle icy singletrack with grip to spare. The Dillinger will still allow you to commute smoothly thanks to it’s closely spaced center knobs.

Size

26×4.0″

Number Of Studs

240

Stud Material

27tpi(threads per inch):Steel120tpi: Carbide

45NRTH Dillinger 5Click for details

$249.99

45NRTH is a new company based in Minneapolis. Their tires are designed to be tough and affordable. The Dillinger 5 is a wider version of the Dillinger four, with even more traction and float!

Size

26×4.8″

Number Of Studs

258

Stud Material

Carbide

Vee SnowshoeClick for details

$119.99

A less expensive, but still high quality studded fat tire option.

Size

26×4.7″

Number Of Studs

Stud Material

Vee XL Snowshoe StuddedClick for details

$189.99

A super wide and super grippy option for your fatbike. Whether you’re exploring off-road or commuting on a foot of fresh snow this tire will knock your merino socks off.

Size

26×4.8″

Number Of Studs

Stud Material

Steel

Michelin Star GripClick for details

$59.99

A non-studded, but winter specific option from the venerable French brand. Designed to offer traction without the drag of studs, this tire is best on slush or paired with a front studded tire on an everyday commuter.

Size

700x35700x40

Number Of Studs

N/A

Stud Material

N/A