I though you might like a review of my new studded winter tire, a
Nokian Mount & Ground W160 26x1.9. The bottom line is that traction
on ice is awesome, performance on dry pavement is pretty good, and the
studs are low profile super hard carbide. I started by mounting on a
patch of clear driveway ice and could immediately tell the tire wasn’t
going to slip. Riding over patches of ice at intersections on the
road is positively casual. This isn’t a tire for deep snow because it
is too thin, so it is nice that the fluffy snow has melted off the
roads. The tire did slip on some compacted snow/slush, but not enough
to throw me. Attempts at riding through thicker patches of crud were
Idling - or, more accurately, my attempts at learning to doing so -
went well even though the tire is noisy and weirdly grippy (without
interfering) during quick twisting corrections. I expected some studs
to fall out, but they held tight. I know, I know: learning to idle on
an expensive tire is silly, but I’m happy nonetheless
The tire is smaller than the Kenda 26x2.125 the uni came with. Even
so, it rides better with much less tendency to steer downhill on
crowned roads and sloped sidewalks. The Nokian was a dream to
install, going on easily by hand. For contrast, the Kenda is a
nightmare requiring strong lever action even for installation,
resulting in damage to the bead! This spring I’m putting on a
The tire was $79 (USD) at webmountainbike.com, which has other Nokians
on sale as well. Now my LBS has this tire for $69. I chose the Mount
& Ground because I use the uni for road riding and didn’t want an
aggressive tread pattern.
I hope some of you found this interesting. I looked for comments on
studded tires before buying this one and couldn’t find any.
> On 11 Dec 2003 15:39:37 -0800, Ken.Cline@cs.cmu.edu wrote:
> >I though you might like a review of my new studded winter tire, a
> >Nokian Mount & Ground W160 26x1.9.
> Ken, that was interesting. It should be on the ‘Unicycle Product
> Reviews’ forum, but I think you are not a forum member. Shall I post
> it with your name attached?
I don’t mind if you repost the article there. Unfortunately, I am not
likely to see replies since I read and post via Usenet and the product
review forum doesn’t seem to be bridged to a newsgroup
(e.g. rec.sport.unicycling.products). No offense, but I’m not crazy
about web based forums. I don’t suppose there’s an NNTP gateway to unicyclist.com?
P.S. The tire really proved itself last night. I rode 4 miles along
with the local running club on a “Christmas Lights” run. There was
lots of ice on the road but I couldn’t feel any loss of traction. I
took it easy on sharp turns, though, partly because the new tire feels
different in turns and partly because I didn’t want to land on ice if
I lost my balance and had an UPD. Snow proved more difficult than
ice, and there were a couple of times I fell off trying to ride
through ridges of hardened slush.