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    The tyre dilemma...

    So... I have a set of schwalbe tires right now, 35mm studded marathon up front, cx comp out back.

    I have a pair of 40mm wtb nano TCS wheels I want to set up tubeless... but I'm wondering if I should stick with the stud up front through the winter to deal with the snow pack, or if the knobby 40 up front will serve me better? What say you?

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    I say try the nano up front. if it doesnt work you can always revert.

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    If your front tire slides our you'll crash a lot faster than if your rear slides.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Yea, I think I'm going to wait until more snow accumulates and I'm dealing with the ruts to put on the 40s. Right now there is a thin slick cover everywhere that the studs are certainly helping with.

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    I play it safe and leave the studs on all winter. Then, when spring comes along, I feel like a f'n monster on regular tires.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    I go with tires rather than tyres. But I'm way out west... the "y" may serve you better on the other side of the pond.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Completely lost the back end on some ice this morning that I really should have expected. The front tire was studded, and thus I somehow stayed up. Tomorrow will probably see me put a studded tire on the back as well.

    But last winter I took the studded tires *off* for the entire month of February, since it was so cold, nothing could thaw and re-freeze to create new ice... it was just dry snow and bare pavement for 3+ weeks.
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    I only run 2 studded tires in the winter. MA has lots of freeze /thaw stuff. Rutted ice everywhere. I find pavement leaves bruises.

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    We have at least patches of ice all winter long....so studs on in October and off in april.

    If we had bare pavement for say a couple weeks I would just change to a my summer slicks wheel set takes all of 5 mins to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    MA has lots of freeze /thaw stuff.
    That really is the key.

    One of my studded tires failed a year ago, and while I was waiting for the warranty replacement I just ran an Ardent up front for a month-and-a-half, and I didn't have any issues.

    But maybe a week after my replacement arrived we started into freeze/thaw, and then there was ice everywhere, and last feb/march was one of the slickest I've every seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I go with tires rather than tyres. But I'm way out west... the "y" may serve you better on the other side of the pond.
    Hey, don't you run Nokian/Suomi? Those are Tyres by definition.
    Home | Suomi Tyres

    Studded front and back when needed. It's better than a bashed in face, broken collar bone, cracked rib....

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    True!! haha! So I guess for me it's Tyres when it's slick out, Tires at all other times.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Completely lost the back end on some ice this morning that I really should have expected.
    I actually lost the back end again on an icy MUP on the way home that same day... and went down this time. Heavy winter layering and ice and snow to slide on meant no damage or injuries.

    But there's no question that my 5-year old studs aren't as pointy as they used to be.

    We got a fresh dump of snow that was enough to bury all the ice, so I've gone back to regular knobby tires and had no further incidents.
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