I had the first ride today with my new tyre, Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro which have 402 spikes in it. I rode 33 km on mainly hard packed snow and ice, but also asphalt and a frozen lake. I had amazing grip, much better than my old Nokian Extreme (294 spikes). I noticed the difference especially in sharp turns and climbs. It was also good on bare asphalt, no self steering.
The real test is how it performs over time. I lost one of the spikes, hopefully won’t loose to many. I will know in a few months how good it really is.
I run a set of 26" Ice Spiker pros on my bike and they are phenomenal on ice. They are however very pricey (aprox $230.00 canadian / tire)
As mentioned, the studs can be replaced provided that the tire lug is not damaged.
I’m on my 4th season with this set of tires and there is some noticable cracking on various locations of both the side wall and grip surface however the studs pretty much look like new. (There would be slightly better than 2000 miles on this set)
Just curious Unimyra, What is your aproximate weight & what tire pressure are you running with this set up?
I am about 85 kg, and tyre pressure was just below 40 psi. The tyre is expensive but I want the best tyre available on snow/ice. The winter is long so it’s worth the money. I’ve had a few more shorter rides, and I am still very happy with it.