The Nokian Hakkapelitta 700c x 37mm HybridTire features 106 steel studs for incredibleTraction on ice. 106 steel studs forTraction on ice Item Specifications Tire Bead Steel ISO Diameter 622 ISO Width 35 mm ColorTread/Side Black/Black TireType Clincher Tire Diameter 700c
a Cross Country Rider
from La Crosse, WI
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2010
Strengths: Extra grip on packed snow and ice. First studded bike tires I've used after many winters on conventional tires. Why did I wait? I got the W106 x 35cc model for my 1.5 mile commute. They give a huge boost in confidence over knobby non-studded cyclocross tires. When you reach their limit, they don't snap out from under you. They slide controllably giving you time to recover. Rolling resistance is less than I expected for studded tires. The skinny profile and the large blocks and gaps in the treads cut through fresh snow and seem to grip well.
Weaknesses: Price. But I understand that if I only use them for the winter months I should get many years of use out of them.
If your rides regularly take you over ice and snow and you want to go 70 percent as fast and as confidently as on dry conditions, buy these tires.
Bike Setup: Electra Amsterdam (foot brake only, 3-speed cruiser)
from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2010
Strengths: Great winter commuting tire. Works very well on paved and packed snow streets. Gives you extra confidence on icy roads.
Works well on snowy roads, if you are the first one out on the road. Wear very well!
Weaknesses: Does not work well on ice rutted roads and on chopped up snowy roads. If you ride on side streets or on main streets before the plows get to them and after cars have driven on the roads, these tires can be a bit of an adventure. With all the studs down the center you will find these tires getting stuck in ice and snow ruts and not being able to get out of them. Be very cautious using these tires on side roads that get a lot of car traffic but do not see snow plows until well after the main streets are plowed!
I have used these tires for the last five winters and they have been great tires. There is just a handful of commutes a year that can be quite hectic and a little scary at times on these tires. When the roads are ideal for these tires they are great! Have not lost any studs and they have worn very well for five solid winters of commuting.
Similar Products Used: These were my first studded winter tires. Just ordered up a pair of Nokian Mount & Ground W160.
Bike Setup: Cannondale F900 setup for commuting.
a Cross Country Rider
from Olympia, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2010
Strengths: I have a pair of the Hakka 700x40 W240, the version with tons and tons of studs.
They REALLY grip well on ice and in all the typical conditions one would encounter on an icy, snowy commute. I was prepared to have to take it pretty slow on slick, compressed road ice even with these, and you do have to to an extent, but to me it's actually kind of shockingly close to riding along on a normal road, albeit with a knobby, and I still wouldn't corner aggressively although the tires do continue to do their job in corners for me just fine.
Great for riding on harder off-road surfaces with mixed ice, snow, and patches of loose stuff underneath, such as my gravel driveway.
The studs have retained their bite very well, even riding them a fair amount on clean roads.
Very well built. Exactly the kind of construction you want for worst-case-scenario type riding.
Weaknesses: As great as they are on serious ice, the 240s are very draggy and noisy on clean pavement. Ridable but pretty blah.
Icy ruts and dots of compressed ice will push these tires around and require steering corrections, such as on a bike trail with scattered tire and foot tracks, which form little clumps of ice you'll run into. So you have to ride cautiously on those kinds of surfaces. However, this is a problem you basically need a fatter, lower-pressure tire to solve, and doesn't really come into play on the road for me.
I question whether anything would really be lost or compromised by making them folding, and I'd certainly be willing to pay for it. Would be convenient for touring cyclists, and that's a group who is gonna tend to be looking at a tire like this. (You can tri-fold these like most wire tires to get them small without hurting them, but the problem is that it requires a little finesse to avoid accidentally kinking a bead, and folks don't always have finesse to spare in cold, demanding touring conditions).
I got the 240s thinking that as long as I was going to the expense and trouble of getting snow tires at all, and given that where I live we tend to get only a fairly small handful of days a year where they're needed, I might as well get the ones that are really great for the worst conditions but overkill the rest of the time. This strategy has had its ups and downs; I'm happy with the 240s but doing it again I would probably get the 106s. It's a pretty common situation during the snowy times that it's fairly clear on your way out, earlier in the day, but you want to plan for the roads getting icy at night for your ride home. Something less aggressively studded would probably have the edge overall on a day like that. But at the same time, you'll be giving up the super-confident ride that the 240s give when it's time to come home, or when you have to do a lot of riding on a day when everything is just ice. On a day like that, the 240 is perfect, and that's also the case often enough that I don't regret buying them by any means.
Bike Setup: 1993 Trek 520 with PB Freddy Fender Hardcore hybrid/touring fenders (clears well), 2010 Raleigh One Way with stock fenders (clears the frame and fork okay with chain length set to put the axle about mid-dropout, would be good rather than just okay if I bothered to half link the chain, and fenders required some modding to make clear well). Lightweight 700x35-42 QBP/Kenda tubes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Faribault, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2010
Strengths: As others have said, these really work. Ice and smooth hard packed snow ride like asphalt. I am easily traveling up a couple of gears from non-studded tires, and feeling safer as I do it. I have the 106 stud 700 X 35c tires, and they are a great tire for commuting. I have them on my winter beater, and the rolling resistance is a bit more than the slightly wider (700C X 38) hybrid style tires that were on it. Now, don't expect them to grip on loose slippery snow, eliminate slipping on the sides of parallel ruts, or magically allow you to plow through a fresh unploughed 10" snowfall. Do expect them to bring you to a stop on the slick ice extending from that frozen up storm grate that the plow can't touch. This narrow size also has the advantage of slicing through piles of snow rather than bumping over them. The tread throws off the snow well and digs through plow slop at the intersections well.
Weaknesses: Noticeably heavier than a street tire or even a comfort hybrid tire, and noticeable rolling resistance comparatively. I am working harder on good roads.
A great tire that is finally coming down in price. I give it a 4 overall just because I haven't compared it to other studded tires, and while I cant see any other tires in this category being substantially better, you never know.
Similar Products Used: None, first set of studs. These are reportedly the gold standard in winter commuter tire here in MN, but I can't personally comment.
Bike Setup: '01 Cannondale Silk Path. Deore level components and 25mm Headshok suspension fork.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bondville Vermont U.S
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009
Strengths: Rolling resistance good, great on flat ice and snow.
Weaknesses: Work a little to well and you tend to push the tire to it's limit.
One heck of a tire it works very well in mixed conditions that include snow and ice. It does what it is meant to do with little problems, very good snow traction to about 2 inches and on glare ice it does a nice job. I have a lot of time on different studded tires as I travel almost exclusively by bike in what you would call a fairly bad environment. I come from the city of N.Y. but live in southern Vermont, very challenging conditions in winter. Normal commuting is usually not an issue as the performance is enhanced by the bike setup. The Bionx electric package adds weight to a very light frame and allows the tires to perform excellent, even on grades as steep as 12%. (With caution) Riding in urban conditions, less the hills they only get better. The studs being placed towards the center of the tire allows you to be less concerned about tire pressure compared to the Snow Stud. Ride smart and you will be very, very pleased.If you ask more than you should from these tires you will be very, very unhappy, like high speed turns in 5 inches of snow that covers a sheet of ice, while mixing with traffic. That requires a different tire and probably a really good insurance policy.. As with most products it cannot undo a bad idea.
Bike Setup: Bionx Electric Specialized Cross Trail
a Cross Country Rider
from Alexandria, Va, USA
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2009
Strengths: THEY WORK!!!!!!!
Weaknesses: Like all studded tires they to have traction problems on dry non iced pavement but it is just barely more then negligable. Just not a problem realy but something to keep in mind when riding.
These are the best money I have spent on any biking accesory! They do exacly as the advertize and can make a hellish commute on sheets of ice a doable and plesant experience. Of corse you have to be carefull and watch out for ruts; for those you need to look at the other Nokian tires that are either thicker or have studs reaching toward the sides of the tires. For someone that commutes on thier bike every day and wants something for realy bad weather but also tollerable for good weather these are it! Sereously, anybody who does not give these things a great rating is either lying or just doesn't know what they are talking about.
Bike Setup: Specialized Tricross Sport, 700cX32c tires
from Pullman, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2007
Strengths: Tough, narrow, smooth, grip
This review is for the 700c 106 stud-count Hakka. I mounted it on my X bike. I've been riding winters with slicks or old Specialized TriX. An amazing difference. These roll smooth and fast (relatively speaking). Glare ice is no problem…of course I'm used to slicks. But well worth the big bucks for the safety they afford. I could ride black ice on asphalt with them and no scares. Also good feel in ruts.
Bike Setup: Surly Crosscheck, custom snow plow thanks to BOB trailers
a Cross Country Rider
from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2003
Strengths: traction,predictable handling
i have the hakka 240, great tire for commuting in ice and snow. havent put very many miles on them yet but so far im very impressed. highly recomend them for anybody who rides in ice. less rolling resistance than i expected, but by no means a fast road tire.
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, OR USA
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2003
Strengths: Grips great on frost and ice. Also grips great on wet or dry pavement. Rolls well on pavement.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy, but it's a studded tire. Not great in deep snow, but Nokian makes others for that.
To those who are complaining about poor performance in deeper snow: YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG TIRE! You should have bought the Mount & Ground or maybe even the Extreme 296. The Hakkapeliitta is intended to be a fast commute tire where you encounter ice and packed or otherwise light snow. I'm in Portland, OR, where it rarely snows but we do get frequent frost and occasional ice storms. This is where the Hakka shines - it rolls great on the wet or dry pavement I see most of the time, but on those mornings where there's a heavy frost, I don't have to worry about falling down onto the pavement in a turn anymore. Sure it weighs something north of 1000g but it's worth it for those times. Be aware that it runs EXTREMELY narrow for its stated size - my "700x38" is narrower than several 700x32 tires that I own. I have also ridden this tire off-road a bit, and it grips decently on rocks and moderate mud too. 5 chilis overall, 4 for value because 50 bucks is 50 bucks.
BTW, I've also used the Hakkapeliitta 1 studded car tires in the past and they perform similarly: great grip on ice, and the best, most predictable cornering of any snow tire I've ever used, but mediocre climbing traction in deep snow compared with other similar tires. Too bad they don't make a Mount & Ground for cars!
Similar Products Used: IRC Blizzard - good in ice, utterly useless in snow
Bike Setup: '01 Bianchi Volpe 'crosser
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2003
Strengths: Pretty good on ice.
Weaknesses: Could be cheaper. Still choke on mushy snow.
I am a year-round cycle commuter and mt. bike rider, with 4 winters in Minnesota and 12 in New England. The studs on these tires are pretty good on slick ice. On the front wheel they help you steer with confidence. As a Nokian, the construction looks solid.
However, they are not perfect for winter riding. Unlike the Specialized Ground control (my favorite tire for winter snow, but with sucky sidewalls), the profile of these tires are a bit too rounded. A more square profile knobbed tire is needed to get maximum traction in snow. The tread is also a bit thin too. You will still slip in mushy snow, where studs will not save your @ss.
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2002
Strengths: Great on ice and hardpack. Relatively fast. Well made.
Weaknesses: Performs very poorly in snow, deep slush and on the rough - you get beaten up when fighting slush, snow and general road crud. Basically, this product only performs well on ice or compacted snow. I would rate it as very poor (bordering on dangerous) in deep snow - the tire is too narrow for that purpose.
Great tire if you intend on riding on an ice rink or equivalent. Effectively useless in deep snow and slush. I have crashed because of this tire in deep snow.
a Cross Country Rider
from Winnipeg, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2001
Strengths: Durability,stability on hardpack.Ideal for winter commuters intent on riding city streets through all temps and road conditions. After 3 months of commuting daily 14 miles no impact on stud wear. High quality product.
After riding one winter on knobbies, buying these Nokian Hak 106 make riding on hardpack, ruts in -10F to -20F temps fun. A must for winter riders where city streets stay clogged by snow and ice. Riding stability is greatly enhanced and results in a more confident ride. They are not cheap (got a deal) but well worth the investment imho.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Anchorage, Alaska
Date Reviewed: August 24, 1999
Strengths: Good city tire, less rolling resistance than the 296, relatively affordable.
Weaknesses: 65 psi. ride harsh, I'm afraid to try them in deep snow.not really good cornering
These are cummuter tires, not trail tires. I haven't had the chance to try these on more than 2 inches of fresh snow, so I can't realy talk about that. I did find them to be the ticket for hardpack, ice and the odd bit of pavement. Less rolling resistance then the other's I've tried but the trade off is in the corners. In case you missed my reveiw of the 296's I am a working bike messenger and speed is important so these are good everyday winter tires for my needs but when thing get really nasty i'll switch to the 296's or my second bike with the double wide rims.
Spent the long weekend in Central Oregon, got in a fair amount of riding on the 700x45 Hakka. I also got a few miles in on it in the Central WA snows over the New Years weekend (and encountered some snow on a local night ride last week), so I'm now starting to form some impressions about it. Been ... Read More »