Nokian Extreme 294 Tire

DESCRIPTION

  • 294 sharp & durable carbide studs
  • PCR puncture resistance
  • Light 32 tpi skinwall casing
  • Winter specific open tread design

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 16, 2018]
LapDogW


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I am about to start my fourth season on these... Usually leave them on from first snow to last frost, so about 4 months, and commute with them as usual. Slush, semifrozen mud, moderately deep snow, and sheet ice frozen over trails or pavement are no longer obstacles with these. The relatively narrow profile cuts over snow and slush and the Tungsten carbide pins in the studs are gripping on anything without the slightest wear after three seasons. I wish they would sell only the tire, as the studs are forever reusable, and as long as you buy the tool, they are quite easy to replace or reseat. Will buy the same in 1-2 years when they finally wear out.

Weakness:

It is by far the heaviest tire I have ever used and on a 29" wheel the rotating mass will take some time to get used to. Rubber compound very cold specific, so riding these in 5+C will accelerate wear... In below freezing temperatures there is practically no wear. You will lose a few studs, even if you prefer them on even pavement without excessive braking, as recommended. A few missing studs are no performance issues, but I bought a pack of studs and the tool, and regularly check the tire for missing or dislocated studs. Lost less than 10 studs from both tires in 3 seasons, so this is not really an issue. As you store them for long times, make sure to dress the tires atvthe end of every season to prevent aging and cracking.

Price Paid:
100
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2014
[Jan 19, 2013]
Matt Hockin

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They work great!

Weakness:

A little heavy, but who cares... you're riding in the Winter when you normally would be stuck at HOME!

Here's why I bought these:

It's January here in Bend, Oregon and the snow is hard-packed and crusty and there's solid ice everywhere. Horrible conditions for cross-country skiing AND mountain-biking and I'm BORED and my dog is MAD because I haven't taken her out to SHRED THE GNAR in a week!. So, I buy these Nokian tires and try them out. These tires hook up and don't slip on the hard-packed snow and solid ice. They're amazing! Now I can ride my MTB in the Winter and I gotta tell ya, it's really fun!

[Apr 11, 2012]
ConfederateLawyer
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great traction on hardpack and ice.

Weakness:

Price.

These tires are awesome on hardpacked snow and ice. I'm in Alaska, and the fatbikes have pretty much taken over winter riding up here. In the deep powdery stuff, the 2.1" tire width here suffers horribly. You'll just sink right in. After deep snows, I couldn't get around on these until after the roads were plowed. But for a commuter tire, where you are mostly on roads, these things are amazing. I had a set of Klondike XT studded tires prior to this, and they were complete trash. These Nokians rock the snow.

Similar Products Used:

Klondike XTs--and they sucked

[Feb 13, 2011]
Sewered Rider
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

With 8 months of solid winter, I get my money's worth with these amazing tires. I commute daily and ride for fun on my day off.

They're not "cheap" in quality.

Weakness:

I had a friend who rode these aggressively off road with no break in period and complained of losing studs. BUT: I've lost a total of 5 in 2 years (thats less than 1%) of riding almost daily.

They're not "cheap" in price.

I'm a real cheapskate, and tried to make to use the innova's at first. They "work" but after a season of riding, the wear was obvious and wouldn't have made it through another. After 2 years of pavement, ice, snow, gravel i can't even see signs of damage to the studs. Still sharp still grippin. See my video of what we use them for. Innova's cannot do this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjGMgoftPU4

Similar Products Used:

Innova 26" and 700x45

[Nov 28, 2010]
Matthew Scheid
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Durable, the studs are still sharp to the touch after 4 winter seasons of riding on mixed roads and none of the studs have fallen out. Performance, these tires turn ice into asphalt.

Weakness:

Expensive but worth it.

Put one of these on your front and a big fat non-studded tire on your back and next time your cornering on packed snow or ice let your tail drift as your steering is 100% locked in.

Similar Products Used:

While living in Montana, I tried store bought chains on my front and back tires but the front still had lateral slip between chain links. In addition they were a bit rough on dry sections of the road. Best bet: studs on front and a chains on back for really harsh riding conditions.

[Feb 15, 2010]
(Tom)
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

As of today no other option for a off road 29er studded tire.

Weakness:

Not enough studs, widely spaced knobs lead to stud loss.

The review applies to the Nokian extreme 294 studded tire in the 29" size:

These tires don't work nearly as well as the 26" versions. Actually, I would describe the performance on iced over single track as just barley adequate. The problem is that there are not enough studs per inch of tire so they have a tendency to brake free and slip on climbs and corners. In addition, even after breaking them in with ~100 miles commuting on pavement I have lost more of the studs on these tires than my two sets of 26" nokian studded tires combined. I suspect that the widely spaced knobs have a greater tendency to flex which allows the studs to easily tear out. If you still have a bike with 26" wheels save your money and use the 26" nokians, they work much better. And if someone decides to manufacture a real 29er mountain bike tire made for riding iced over trails I'll be the first in line to buy them.

Similar Products Used:

26" version of extreme 294/296

[Dec 21, 2009]
KrateKraig
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Grip like you're riding on dirt. Amazing traction on all types of ice and hard packed snow.
Replacement studs and Tool to install them, also available from Nokian (Ben's Cycle)
They may last longer than you will.
Studded side knobs really help, if you get into an ice rut.
Easy to mount.
High quality.

Weakness:

Expensive. But worth every penny.
(So, I guess that's not a weakness eh?)

Wow! These tires grip ice like Spiderman crawling up a skyscraper.
294 carbide tipped steel studs = TRACTION on ice. Every knob has a stud.
Remember, the more studs you have, the more traction you'll have on ice.
You'll need to do something stupid on ice, to end up on the ground with these tires.
You're more likely to fall getting off your bike on ice, unless you also have studded shoes.
You Deserve Them.

Similar Products Used:

IRC Blizzard. (With only 56 studs, they do not compare.)

[Mar 17, 2009]
Hdunlap
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They just won't slip on bare ice.

Weakness:

You can't stay in a good rut. They will ride right up the side and hop out.

Switching to these tires kind of reminds me of switching from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive. They grab bare ice like you are on pavement. You can get the front tire off the ground (if so inclined) with no problem and lock up the brakes (front and rear) and grind them to a very fast stop. I had no problem with fast turns; maybe being 215# pushes the studs in further? Once you move from bare ice to snow the situation changes if the studs aren't reaching the ice or pavement. They do pull through the snow really well and feel like you are on sand in quick turns, washing out but not wiping out. I was really surprised by how well they rolled on dry pavement. I thought the rolling resistance would have been much higher given the knob spacing. They are very noisy on pavement; you won't be sneaking up behind anyone. If you like to (or have to) ride in winter weather these tires are worth every cent. I had alot of fun this winter and only ended up on my head once. I blame the tires because they made me feel confident enough to do something REALLY stupid.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing

[Feb 22, 2009]
chris91
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Awesome tires! I am really happy with them. Major improvement when riding on ice and hard packed snow.

Weakness:

Broke them in for 15 miles on the road (directions called for 30) lost one stud so far and can't order more online. also $140 is a lot to spend on tires you use a few times a year.

If you ride on ice at all buy these. confidence through the roof

[Feb 18, 2009]
RobertCShay
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

See below

Weakness:

See below

This is a long term use update.

I ride these tires from November through Mid-March on a combination of icy roads and trails as well as clear roads. The mix is about 50 percent ice and 50 percent non-ice.

The rear tire begins to wear out first at approximately 1,800 miles. The sign of wear is that the carbide stud wears down and no longer sticks out of the aluminum base on several studs. I'm still using the rear tire on glare ice and it works great. I'll probably run it to about 2,500 miles before I replace it by switching the front tire to the back and putting a new tire on the front. The rotated front tire looks like it will last an additional 1,000 miles on the rear before needing replacement.

To summarize, for me the back tire will last about 2,500 miles and the front tire, when rotated to the rear at 2,500 miles, should last a total of 3,500 miles. This is with a mix of 50 percent riding on ice and 50 percent riding on concrete.

I swear by these tires and ride all winter in all conditions 3x/week with no fear of falling on ice!

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