Where are the 29er Studs?
Few questions as we all gear up for the winter season...
Does anyone know if there any 'production' 29er studded tires out there this year?
What standard 29er would make a good home-built studded tire?
I haven't studded my own tires for years, so, are production studs available for purchase and if so, what're the best (quickest) installation methods?
Those are the best available and Peterwhite is the only place you can get them I'm told.
Not a bad price. Beats studding your own.
It's definitely not big enough for riding soft stuff though.
Just saw a set of the 26" Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 at the Yellow Jersey in Sitka...look good albeit really narrow. 29er riders in Sitka swear by them... their conditions are described as road-riding black-ice and unpacked slushy snow...did note that the 240s would be overkill for their conditions. You'd have to have some really tight conditions to run them on hardpack. Ideal ANC commute tire I would guess.
I agree with Pete's 'build your own' opinion...I'm not THAT interested in laboring over a tire lug either...been there done that...would be nice to have some options though!
I don't 'get out' that much so I was a curious touristo at the bike shop...was impressed w/ some of the Redline 29er steel bikes...inexpensive solid build-ups w/ some great geometries...worth a close look for a commuter or second beater bike! On the same note...the Felt 'beach cruisers' (theres about 20 different models) are just awesome and I put one on my wish list as a Bethel mud cruiser/commuter ! http://www.feltracing.com/06/06_cruiser/
I'm amazed that Sitka is really a biking town...looking out my hotel window I can see 3 bike commuters as I write...there's a guy with a working bike pulling a loaded cart, a kid going to school on a BMX and a lady with a basket laden three speed...cool. Fenders are a must...it is wet!
Fairly knowledge-able guys at the Sitka shop with a soft spot in their head for single speeding...when in Sitka be sure to check them out.http://www.yellowjerseycycles.com/index.php
Panaracer Rampage for homemade
I'm eagerly awaiting the new Panaracer Rampage 29" x 2.35 with some real knobs. I'm going to be doing the homemade stud route with some ~3/8" pan head screws and an innertube liner. Should be ideal! QBP will bring them to the masses in ~ 2 weeks.