I got these tires from Fred since he over-bought them. I figured today's ride in some snow would be a good test. I didn't get to mounting the rear tire, but I got the front one on. I had to patch the tube that was going in it so I ran out of time before my 11am shift.
These things are super stiff. I'm not sure how much pressure I got up to, as I used a frame pump since my regular pump went on the frits. But even at, what I assumed was, about 50 psi it was still really stiff. Also, these tires say they are 35C. I've been running my 32 C Bonty hardcases and they seem WAY fatter than the 35s from Innova. Kinda strange.
Anyway, now I see what all the hype is about. With just the front tire being studded, I felt like I was velcroed to the ground, no matter what was on it - hardpack snow, loose fresh snow over hardpack, etc. I couldn't tell if I went over any ice since it had just snowed some. However, once i got onto the flat smooth plowed surface of Center street, the tire played against me. I felt like I was going on a gravel ride. My normal speed of 16-18mph dropped down to 13-14. Which is kinda frustrating when you know it's the tire that's doing it. I could have just as easily ridden both slicks since I only really have a couple blocks of non-treated roads.
Speaking of treated roads, has anyone noticed how much salt is on the roads nowadays? I guess I'm glad since it makes for easier driving when I do that, but man, the drivetrain on my bike is completely orange with rust. I have a heater for the garage, so I really should get it cleaned up. I'm just not looking forward to all the scrubbing I'm going need to do.