Shorty after their arrival I put on a set of Nokian Gazza Extreme 294 tires in 29er flavor and have had a couple rides on them, one staff ride last week and again this past weekend in my local Frick Park, both with beautiful snowy weather. Unfortunately I neglected to bring a camera. The tires were awesome, thoughâ€”definitely confidence-inspiring. Itâ€™s pretty cool to realize youâ€™re going across some snow-covered ice but not sliding. There were a couple moments of unexpected slippage on rocks, but not much at all, and they seem to dig into frozen tree roots quite well.
Unfortunately I didnâ€™t heed the labelâ€™s instructions to break them in by riding 30 miles on pavement, and each tire has lost a couple studs. I mean, come on, you want me to put on some sweet new studded tires while itâ€™s snowing and go ride on the road? At least Iâ€™ve got 292 more studs on each tire.
I also grabbed a pair of Nokian Hakkapelittas in 700x35c size for use on my â€˜cross commuting bike. They will most likely be getting some use very soon, like tomorrow perhaps. Iâ€™d gladly ride all 12 miles of my commute with the slower studs on just to survive the patches like this:
One strange thing about all these tiresâ€”they smell really bad!
Look for some more postings about the tires and how they perform for us. Hereâ€™s the full list of what weâ€™ve got:
Klondike XT 26â€x1.95â€
Ice Spiker 26â€x2.1â€
Extreme 294 29â€x2.1â€
Extreme 294 26â€x2.1â€
Hakkapelitta W106 700x35c