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What kind of tires will these studs work with?

Can I use these studs in regular bike tires?

How are these different from other similar studs?

Do I need the tool?

Are they difficult to install?

Will they make my tires heavy?

How many studs do I need?

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What kind of tires will these studs work with?

  • Our studs are made for tires with pre-formed pockets to accept studs. Most such tires are meant for fat bikes. Studdable models include the Dillinger, Escalator, and Wrathchild from 45NRTH; Vee Snowshoe XL; Terrene Wazia; and any others where you can see a small round hole in the tire knob.

  • They will also work as replacement studs in nearly any factory-studded tire for any kind of bicycle, such as Nokian, Suomi, Schwalbe, Continental, and others.


Can I use these studs in regular bike tires?

  • No. If you are hoping to put studs in a standard bicycle tire that does not have pockets, these studs are not appropriate for your application. There are various brands of screw-in studs for that purpose. We have also seen many DIY options, some of which look viable…. and some not so much.


How are these different from other similar studs?

  • First and foremost, they're more affordable. At less than half the cost of other options, you can finally afford to stud your own tires for far less than the cost of pre-studded tires.

  • Our studs have a flat tip, which means the entire curved edge of the carbide cylinder digs into the ice, like a knife edge. Pointed-tip studs offer less aggressive traction because they only grip at a single point.

  • Sales of flat tip studs far exceeded pointed tips, which is why we only offer flat tips now. We do not offer concave-tip studs, as they have not demonstrated adequate advantage to be worth the extra production cost.


Do I need the tool?

  • Yes. Studs cannot be inserted without an appropriate tool. Our tool is custom made specifically for this purpose, and improvised alternatives are clumsy at best. Remember, you're likely to insert 100 or more studs... our tool makes it easy and worry-free. Plus we make it ourselves. On a metal lathe. It's cool. Check it out.


Are they difficult to install?

  • It is not a difficult process. Time consuming? Well… it can be. But it's not hard. It typically takes an hour or less per tire with a break here and there (it's possible your hand/s will get a little tired). See our installation guide for helpful tips to make it as fast and easy as possible.


Will they make my tires heavy?

  • No. Well, not meaningfully so. Our studs are 0.25 grams each, which means studding an entire Dillinger 4 adds just 60 grams to the tire weight. The body is made of lightweight aluminum, with tungsten carbide insert at the tip.


How many studs do I need?

  • Stud quantity varies by tire model. The table below lists capacities for the most common options. Some riders opt to partially stud their tires, focusing on certain areas of the tread pattern. That said, studding all the holes provides the best traction. Whichever you choose, keep in mind that if you ride the tire before you stud them, the pockets will get filled with dirt and pebbles that need to be removed before you can put studs in.

    • 45NRTH Dillinger 4: 240
    • 45NRTH Dillinger 5: 258
    • 45NRTH Escalator: 240
    • Bontrager Gnarwhal: 160
    • Terrene Wazia 4: 154
    • Terrene Wazia 4.5: 154
    • Vee Snowshoe XL: 240


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