“A fully studded rear tire weighs about 35 pounds,” Rowe says. “Fronts are about 20 pounds, and that’s not including the weight of the wheel. If the tire is for a smaller, less powerful bike, I might skip a few screws to reduce weight.”
Like any other specialized equipment, ice tires need love. Diligent racers always use heavy-duty nylon wraps that keep the screws from coming in contact with anything but hard ice. With proper care, a set of ice tires can last several seasons of recreational riding—less if you have aspirations of keeping guys like Rowe in sight.