Free riding in the snow! Why not? Lighter, grippier, faster. The 'turbo' of spike tyres.
|Use:||Snow and Icy conditions|
|Wheel Size:||26" (559)|
With 361 spikes it bites firmly into icy roads. The tungsten carbide core of each spike is clad in weight-saving aluminium. The scales stop at 695g, yet the tyre remains agile and sporty.
Questions and Answers:
1. Can it also be ridden on a normal road?
Without any problem, but if the road is only rarely covered with snow the resulting tyre noise may prove annoying.
2. And it won’t slide out in cornering?
No. The spikes ‘claw’ really well into normal asphalt roads and even fast cornering is not a problem. Only on very smooth surfaces, like cobbles, is there minimal grip.
3. Aren’t spikes illegal?
In some countries spiked car tyres are illegal, because they damage the road surface. Bicycle tyre spikes are not a problem. The spikes work best on ice when running at minimum pressure, whilst at maximum pressure the tyres can be ridden on ice-free roads with minimal road noise. In order to ensure that spikes are permanently fixed, tyres should be run in for about 40km on asphalt, while avoiding any fast acceleration or heavy braking.
4. Do the tyres have to be run in?
In order to ensure that spikes are permanently fixed, tyres should be run in for about 40km on asphalt, while avoiding any fast acceleration or heavy braking.
5. What is the lifespan of the spikes?
All Schwalbe spikes have a core made of extremely hard wearing tungsten carbide, so they can cover a few thousand kilometres. It is normal for the spike edges to round off and for them to become more deeply embedded.
6. Some spikes came out. Can they be replaced?
Yes, new spikes can be reinserted using pliers.
7. What are the tyres’ limitations?
In deep snow even spike tyres won’t help. In certain areas snow rarely stays around long.
8. Are spike tyres still an option?
The Snow Stud runs quite pleasantly on snow-free roads, so grip on ice is somewhat limited. But if two bikes are available, Marathon Winter is the better choice. Depending upon the morning weather, use the most suitable bike. On icy roads, when even cars are having problems, it is a great feeling to be in full control on spike tyres.
Directions for replacing studs-
When the tyre is mounted: Use Long Nose Pliers, Angle base of stud over hole, and push and twist.
These tyres are for mountain bikes and intended primarily for off road use, the knobbly patterns provide grip when steering and traction when applying power to the pedals. There is usually a tyre to suit the conditions in which you are riding in so the right choice is important. On dry days a narrow tyre with a smoother central tread can be used, but on a wet day a wider tyre with a deeper knobbly tread pattern is essential or you could be the one in contact with the mud.
For over 70 years Schwalbe have dominated the two wheeled tyre industry in Germany and Europe, being voted best MTB tyre brand in Germany for the past two years. From the very early beginnings where the company founder, Earnest-Wilhelm Bohle capitalised on the developing cycle industry, to the ultra modern distribution facility near Cologne, Schwalbe have continued to design and manufacture some of the finest bicycle tyres available. Schwalbe's success is due in part to the effort it makes in product development from lab tests at the manufacturing facility to the hardest proving grounds of all, professional cycle racing. 'Team Gerolsteiner' achieved a very creditable 7th place overall in the 2004 Tour de France and the unique performance of team captain Davide Rebellin winning three major classic races back to back using Schwalbe tyre. Other notable succeses include Normann Stadler winning the infamous Ironman triathlon in Hawaii, riding Schwalbe Stelvio tyres.
|ETRTO Number||Dimension (26")|
|25-559||26 x 1|
|32-559||26 x 1.25|
|40-559||26 x 1.5|
|47-559||26 x 1.75|
|50-559||26 x 1.9|
|54-559||26 x 2.1|
|57-559||26 x 2.125|
|55-559||26 x 2.2|
|60-559||26 x 2.4|
|ETRTO Number||Dimension (29")|
|50-622||29 x 2.0|
|55-622||29 x 2.2|
|60-622||29 x 2.4|
|This is a generic size guide and not all tyres will come in the sizes shown.|
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