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Self-Tapping Carbide Tire Studs
- Product Review (submitted on September 12, 2010):
- The self-tapping studs and insertion tool make installation a snap. I split 100 studs between a pair of Dunlop D606 mounted on an '08 KLR 650. These are aggressive (street-legal) knobbies with a deep, spread out tread pattern that made it possible to dig in to rather than just mash down snow. Combined with these studs, it was possible to get through a couple inches of fresh snow pretty comfortably - more snow than that and it's time to get out your mushers. On ice and hard-pack the studs work like magic, really dig in. Between daily work commutes and a few out-of-town trips I was on the road almost every day - a few heavy snow storms made riding unsafe. I'm in Conway, NH and during the winter the main roads clear up pretty well with traffic, so I got to ride plenty on pavement, too, where the studs make for a slightly squirrelly, noisy ride. I sounded like some sort of medieval, chainmail dragging creature which really is kind of cool. No danger though, and I got used to it quickly. Probably lost 20 studs over the season, I guess because of all the clear pavement riding (we had a very mild winter '09-'10) but still had plenty of traction. I plan on getting another 100 this year and giving Winter '10-'11 a go. What a blast!