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Yesterday I got hold of a pair of Nokian Freddie's Revenz.

The tires have been upgraded and are now lighter but primarely cheaper. Recommended price in Sweden is $98 US (used to be aprox. $150).

I have tried them on packed snow for as little as 10 km, mostly Jedi in the dark since the charge in my lights was bad. Riding Jedi is fun but wrong format to test tires in. :) So I will return with a more in depth review on the tires. I had no problems with traction what so ever during my first ride, but my WTB TimberWolf would probably work as well in the snow I rode yesterday.

Other tires I have ridden for long periods
Continental Twister 1.9"
Michelin Wildgripper something
Nokian Extreme 296 (no longer in production, replaced with Nokian 294)
Nokian Mount & Ground 160 (works well for commuting but no forest tire)
Continental Gravity 2.3"
Schwalbe Big Betty 2.4"
WTB TimberWolf 2.3" FR

This note says to drive carefully on road for the first 50 km to allow the spikes to settle. I did not heed to the note regarding the road part, but the trail was packed snow so not much in there to tear at the spikes anyway.
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The spikes are now of the same type as in WXC300 (guess) and does not protrude as much as in the previous version. To my disapointment. The rubber stud sticks out some 5 mm and the pattern is sparse. I judge that these tires will work well on snowy and icy trails. My first little test points to that conclusion too; I was able to pedal up smaller slopes that would have my old Nokian Extreme 296 digging in too deep, spinning and loosing traction.
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Revenz!
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The sidewalls are pretty smooth and rather thin, but it's only WTB TimberWolf in the list above that have thicker sidewalls.
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"Inflate to 2.0-4.5 Bar (29-65 PSI)
Safety warning: For race use on designated DH courses only.
Always wear protective gear. Please prevent ass munch and
do not run over other riders."

I inflated 'em to 2 bar but that seems like too much. I'll keep the preassure at 2 until I've ridden 'em in and then decrease it a notch or two.
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Albeight the tires have been on a diet they still weigh in on 1020 gram. I regret I only put one of them on the scales. I'll remedy that next time I have them off the wheels.
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The chamber is almost 51 mm wide.
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On the widest spot the tire is almost 56 mm. That equals 2.2" so the claimed 2.3" is like always an exaggeration. But the claim is unusually close to the truth! :)
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The distance between the rim and the highest part of the tire is 52 mm. All three measurments were done at 2.0 bar on a Sun-Ringle Single Track rim.
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There's lot's of room left in my Turner 5-Spot.
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Fox Vanilla also sports a lot of air around the tire. No risk the studs eating away at my bike then! :)
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Initially I'm disappointed that the spikes are wussier, but 336 spikes is 336 spikes. I'm looking forward to putting the tires through their paces. I'll report back in the beginning of January if the weather and body is willing.
 

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theTnT said:
Please prevent ass munch and do not run over other riders."
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It's about time manufacturers started putting this on their tires. Now all those ass-munches riding over other riders can no longer claim ingorance.
 

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miles e said:
It's about time manufacturers started putting this on their tires. Now all those ass-munches riding over other riders can no longer claim ingorance.
Ass munching is when your utt get cought in the rear wheel and frame while going forward. It pulls your ass in. I would imagne having studs would make this event much more unpleasant. :D
 

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Great detail, kewl.

Nokian said:
Inflate to 2.0-4.5 Bar (29-65 PSI)
Safety warning: For race use on designated DH courses only.
Always wear protective gear. Please prevent ass munch and
do not run over other riders.
I can't believe they actually put that on the tire. LOL!
True ass munchers wear lycra...or so I'm told.
 

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Ass Munch, that's hillarioius. These tires are rated R! ;)

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I've been on a set for a month now. I posted a quick review already. They are very nice indeed. Mine weighed 935g and 945g, so ave of 940g. Not bad. The studs are indeed pretty deeply recessed. Perhaps a bit more so than the other Nokians I have. They seem to nestle deep into their wells during break in. I have not been treating them gently and have only lost one single stud out of the back. Very cool. The new price is excellent too. MSRP is $125 here in the US, basically the same as the Hakka WXC300.
 

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I've been on a set for a month now. I posted a quick review already. They are very nice indeed. Mine weighed 935g and 945g, so ave of 940g. Not bad. The studs are indeed pretty deeply recessed. Perhaps a bit more so than the other Nokians I have. They seem to nestle deep into their wells during break in. I have not been treating them gently and have only lost one single stud out of the back. Very cool. The new price is excellent too. MSRP is $125 here in the US, basically the same as the Hakka WXC300.
has your ass been munched lately? ;)

ohhh wait, they got the english translation from Swedish all wrong.

In American english, it's called "tossing the salad". Well from the looks of that tire, it loooks to be more of a salad shredder than a tosser! :D
 

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has your ass been munched lately? ;)

ohhh wait, they got the english translation from Swedish all wrong.

In American english, it's called "tossing the salad". Well from the looks of that tire, it loooks to be more of a salad shredder than a tosser! :D
Hm. With the REAL Freddies Revenz, you can ride more aggressively. This pic shows what I mean pretty well:


(Photo Courtesy: www.terrengsykkel.no)
 

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I have been told that the original freddies tired are as expensive as they are due to the studs being hand glued. For some reason can't get it done by robots like they do it with the rest of the tires. No idea if this is true, but I was also told that it was the same finnish woman who glued them all.
 

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Yeah, well, I've spent my whole life trying to prevent ass munch. Seems like good advice to follow in many venues. Now the part about trying not to run over others seems a little overstated.
 
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