Studs in the tread bars provide grip on ice and snow. Thanks to its open tread, it has good self-cleaning properties and gets where it is going in mud and snow. The Spike Claw barely sinks into the surface by virtue of its large volume. For extreme MTB winter use only.
Metal studded tyre for use in snow or icy conditions
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous After thinking I wasn't going to be able to use them this year, now I have! On ice and packed snow, they're pretty good. You get a bit of slip, but they do seem to bite and even when the front wheel goes, it's controllable. On loose snow I guess they behave much the same as any other knobbly tyre, although the treads didn't get clogged with snow at all.
Tarmac - they're heavy going as expected, but the plus side is that people don't step in front of you because they can hear you coming a mile away! (imagine the sound of cycling theough a bowl of Rice Crispies...) You'll go slower because of the rolling resistance, and don't expect to corner like you used to - in fact, cornering reminds me why I don't usually buy Continental tyres.
I bought these for my daily commute after last year's experiences, and for that I think they'll do fine. I'd rather put up with the heaviness and noise in return for not sliding off my bike in front of a too-close car!
06 February 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous These tyres made me go everywhere in the forest in this icy/snowy winter 2009/2010. When others stopped riding, I bought these, what a ripper they are. Even climbing on black ice is pice of cake, cornering no problem.
The thread also allows to really get through the snow with great traction.
If you want to go riding in snow and ice- these tyres will be your best mate out there.
21 March 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous These tyres are fantastic.I was originally looking for Nokains but these did the trick.I have cycled in snow, on ice, black ice and cleared roads with no problems.Obviously the studs will slow you down in clear conditions but if there is snow/ice you can trust these tyres will keep you upright.A high number of studs is essential for ice, especially for turning on ice.I've done icy road and icy MTB trails on these with no falls so far!
23 January 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous They are very heavy, and they have a wire bead, and those are the bad points, making pushing them harder and their storage is not going to be as easy as foldables. The grip, traction and control are fantastic, ice is so easy, snow a little more effort and only slush gives me sliding problems. Tarmac and concrete are not good and you need to go very slowly. The price is high, but as I don't have so much of the falling fear, and the falling, then I am not injured and the bike is not damaged(last Feb)so 90 quid seems cheap. Very happy with them, I might only use them a couple of days a year, but for the big freeze, perfect
12 January 2010
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