Not long ago options for studded fat bike tires were very limited. You had one, maybe two tires to choose from and it seemed that stores and websites would sell out quickly every fall. If you didn’t get your order in on time, or happen to be one of the lucky few to get your hands on a pair at a local bike shop, you would be out of luck until the next season.
“To save you the time and effort of researching them yourself, we’ve put together a list that will have something or everyone.”
No more! Tire manufacturers have taken notice of the popularity of fat bikes and the need for a selection of fat bike tires. And while the selection could still be larger, there are now a number of options to choose from. This is important because depending on the climate you ride in and how you intend to use your fat bike, studded tires can be essential to your safety and enjoyment of the sport.
If you’re not sure if studded fat bike tires are right for you, check out our article “Who Needs Studded Fat Bike Tires Anyway?!”. We take a look at some of the reasons a rider may, or may not, want to use studded fat bike tires.
There are now numerous models to choose from and there are even choices for different potential uses. So, to save you the time and effort of researching them yourself, we’ve put together a list that will have something or everyone. No matter what kind of riding you plan on doing.
Here they are:
Made for extreme conditions
The Wrathlorde is uncompromising. It will get you where you need to go. If you expect to encounter all types of conditions and want the tire best-suited to handle them all, this is the one for you. Aggressive, tightly-spaced lugs will keep you moving in soft snow. And with 300 concave studs (the most studs of all the tires in this list), traction on ice won’t be a problem. The lug size/spacing and the high number of studs mean that this isn’t going to be the lightest tire out there, but it will be the most capable for simply getting you from point A to point B, no matter the conditions. The Wrathlorde is available for 26 inch wheels and in a 4 inch width.
For life on the edge
An aggressive studded fat bike tire at home on the margins. Deep lugs help it push through snow, while a large number of XL studs will keep you upright in the slipperiest of conditions. If you’re looking for a fast-rolling tire, this probably isn’t it. The large lugs may slow you down on hard packed snow and ice. But if you ride in a wide range of ever-changing extreme conditions, this is the tire for you. Currently, the Wrathchild fat bike studded tires are only available for 26 inch wheels and in a 5 inch width.
Great all-around studded tire
This is the original studded fat bike tire and remains one of the best! If you’re looking for a tire that can do it all, look no further. The 45NRTH Dilliger is a fast rolling tire with a large number of studs and side lugs optimized for cornering. As such, it’s a great all-around tire. This is probably your best bet if you’re looking for a racing tire. The medium-sized lugs mean the tire will roll fast, and 250+ concave studs provide exceptional grip in icy conditions. These tires are tubeless ready and available for 26 and 27.5 inch wheels. They come in 4 and 5 inch widths.
Vee SnowShoe XL
Excels in mixed conditions
The Vee snowShoe XL studded fat bike tire is the self-proclaimed “go-to tire for grip as global conditions change”. The tire uses three different rubber compounds that, paired with a high TPI count will keep you planted firmly on the ground when there is dry ground like dirt, roots and rocks under your tires. When you come across snow and ice, the 240 concave studs are there to dig in and keep you moving forward. The Vee SnowShoe XL is one of the longer serving studded fat bike tires on the market. It is available for 26 inch wheels and in a 5 inch width.
Terrene Cake Eater
Are you looking for studded tires but aren’t ready to spend a fortune? The Terrene Cake Eater studded tires might be just what you’re looking for. They’re an all-around, budget-friendly fat bike tire. They’ll save you a few bucks so you can spend more on the other winter fat bike essentials you’ll inevitably need-like warm footwear and gloves/mitts.
The knobs on the tread aren’t huge and this should keep them fast rolling. They are available in 26 and 27.5 inch versions as well as in 4 and 5 inch widths.
What’s with all the 45NRTH options?!
You’ll notice that 3 of the 5 tires listed below are made by 45NRTH. This is because they came out with the original studded fat bike tire (the Dillinger) and continue to be at the cutting edge of studded fat bike tire design. They are the only manufacturer with multiple models of studded fat bike tires to choose from.
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