Why doesn’t Schwalbe offer winter tires without spikes?

Schwalbe’s Marathon GT 365, is an extremely long-lasting, all-season tire. And its high profile tread and Four-Season Compound provides perfect grip in all seasons and in all weather condition, but this tire does not offer one thing: Safe grip on ice. For everyone who wants to go cycling in the snow and ice, spike tires are the only safe solution.

Of course it is pleasant not to always hear the sound of the spikes. For cars, winter tires with a high profile tread and a grippy compound are a good idea. However, it’s a completely different situation with a bike, because there are just two wheels and one slip on the ice will find the road greeting your head!

Things you should know about spiked tires

Can you ride with spikes also on normal roads? No problem at all. If, however, snow is rather seldom and the roads are mainly free, the running noises will soon become irritating.

And you don’t slip away? No. The spikes dig themselves very well into normal asphalt roads. Even fast curves are unproblematic.

Are spikes forbidden? On bicycle tires spikes are no problem. In some countries, spikes are forbidden only for automotive vehicles, as they damage the roads. However, speed e-bikes are considered as automotive vehicles.

Is it necessary to run in tires? To ensure the durable hold of the spikes, the tires should be run in approx. 40 km on asphalt roads. Avoid forceful acceleration and braking during this period of time.

How long is the service life of spikes? All Schwalbe spikes have a core made of extremely wear resistant carbide (tungsten carbide). With these spikes you can ride a few thousand kilometers. The fact that the corners are rounded by grinding and the spikes are pressed deeper into the material is normal.

Individual spikes got lost. Can they be replaced? Yes, replacement spike kits incl. tools can be ordered from Schwalbe.

When do tires reach their limits? In deep snow even tires with spikes are no longer a help

In my region, snow is seldom. How can I make good use of tires with spikes? The best option is to fit the tires on a second bicycle. In the morning you decide which bicycle is suitable for the respective weather. On icy roads it is a great feeling to have full control on tires with spikes, even when the cars drive very slowly.