Here is what I have found here in western Pa. In snow w/out ice, I run 2.4 MotoRaptors on my El Chamuco w/the air pressure dropped down to around 20 Lbs or so. In snow w/ice most of the folks here run studded tires. I found that w/a light touch and not using the brakes too much you can get by w/out studs in all but the iciest conditions. Your riding style will change to cope w/the slippery conditions, light grip, light pedal stroke not leaning into turns etc. It just takes some practice which is why I landed on my head yesterday!testtech said:I hit the trails in 5" of snow. My X5 had a hard time going straight and my Kenda Nevegals didn't grip too well. Any of you have better luck with other tires?
I was thinking along the same lines as I passed the now open ski area on the way to the bike ride. I think Saturday will be a ski day rather than a pedal day.kosmo said:Nothing beats the studs.
Short of that, I have pretty good luck with an old pair of Panaracer Fire DHs.
My absolute favorite winter tires are the Nokians on the car -- to get me up to the ski hill!
Oh dear. I would actually recommend the 30 mile thing for all Nokians OTHER than the Hakka 300. Those need more like 300 miles to really get seated. I have a set with hundreds of miles on them and they no longer lose studs unless the knob gets ripped in half (which is not unheard of). I have replaced most of the lost studs other than on the torn knobs. My GF rides them mostly.testtech said:The tire comes with a warning to ride 30 miles on pavement to properly seat the studs. I rode less than one mile on pavement. So far, I have lost 12 studs on the rear tire, 3 studs on the front.