maxxis studded winter bicycle tires for fat bikes mountain bikes and city commuter bicycles

Studded tires are brand new for Maxxis, but they’re rolling into the category with a three-pronged approach to icy, winter riding. Offering versions for fat bikes, mountain bikes and city commuter bicycles, the designs provide a user friendly option to screwing your own studs in or risking slipping and sliding all over the place…

maxxis studded winter bicycle tires for fat bikes mountain bikes and city commuter bicycles

The stud heights have a 1.1-1.2mm protrusion beyond the tread blocks, which they found to be optimal. The bottom of the studs have a mushroom shape, and they’re pressed into molded cavities in the tread body, so once they’re in they’re unlikely to come out, but they’re also easy to replace and don’t puncture the tire’s casing. Concave stud tips put a ring shape on the ground rather than a point.

maxxis Max-Ice studded winter bicycle tire for city commuter bikes

maxxis Max-Ice studded winter bicycle tire for city commuter bikes

The skinniest of the three is the 700×40 wire bead Max Ice. It’s a tube-type, 60tpi construction with single compound rubber.

maxxis Max-Ice studded winter bicycle tire for city commuter bikes

It gets Silk Shield bead to bead puncture protection and a heavily siped knob pattern and winter rubber compound to help it remain supple and grippy at sub-freezing temps.

maxxis matterhorn studded winter mountain bike tire

maxxis matterhorn studded winter mountain bike tire

The 29×2.1 Maxxis Matterhorn is a totally new mountain bike tread pattern for them. It uses the same studs and cold weather rubber and siped tread blocks as the Max-Ice, but it’s made for trail riding on ice and any 29er commuter type bike. It’s a 60tpi, tubeless ready casing with a folding bead.

maxxis moosetrak winter studded fat bike tire for snow and ice

The biggest of the bunch is the 26×4.8 Moosetrak. Not only does it add a studded fat bike tire to their lineup, it gives Maxxis a paddle tread design to help drive you forward in both snow and ice. It’s a folding bead, 120tpi, tubeless ready casing with a dual winter rubber compound.

maxxis moosetrak winter studded fat bike tire for snow and ice

They’re designed around a 95mm internal rim width. Look for them to be available late fall or early winter. Weights and pricing on all three are TBD.


  1. …and Autocorrect got the best of me again. Yes, it’s 2017, no time travel involved. But that would’ve been cool. And it’s Moosetrak. All corrected.

    Hao – post has been updated with tubeless and casing info…Matterhorn and Moosetrak are tubeless, see above for more details on all three.

  2. If these have a true winter tire rubber compound, a la winter auto tires like Blizzaks or whatever, then they should be pretty sweet. Micro sipes, pliable rubber, and studs covers all of the bases.

  3. Have been testing the Maxx-Ice version since the start of January, cannot comment on durability just yet, but the grip is impressive for a commuter/do-all winter tire. Works better on mixed surfaces then Marathon Winter tires from Schwalbe which were the standard for many years. I hope the pricing will be on point.

    • did you feel like the knobs are spaced well enough for snow? looks like kind of an ice-specific tread pattern but maybe they’re tall enough it works fine.

      • @Traildog, They work great so far as a winter training tire here in Norway on mixed Ice/Snow/asfalt/gravel conditions. There hasn’t been a ton of Snow in the south of Norway this winter, mostly densly packed ice. On Ice they grip better than the different Schwalbe Marathon winter tires i’ve owned the past 4-5 seasons. 40mm tires and snow is always a bit more sketchy than bigger tires, but they seems to tackle it just fine. Wider spacing would be better for snow, but then the rolling resistance would be awful for winter training.

  4. Another useless studded tyre for “trail” use. When there is pure ice, it is going to be OK. When there is snow on the ice (most common condition), these small studs get packed in and don’t stand a chance of giving any predictable grip, especially in the turns. The stud protrusion is way too small. Trail tires are not meant for road riding, so stop pretending that you need to consider that factor. Rolling resistance in snow is big anyways, and the reason why riders want studded tires is for grip. Without real grip these tires are close to useless. Even the de-facto gold standard, Schalbe Ice Spiker Pro fails miserably when there is snow (though the plus-sized 45NRTH Wrathchild looks promising). Fat bike tires are even worse due to the low ground pressure and few studs.

    This misunderstanding of what is needed for winter trail riding is why people are still custom studding their tyres with costly aftermarket studs like BestGrip and KoldKutters.

    Gimme 3 mm of protrusion, an open thread pattern and a solid carcass. It’s gonna be heavy, but it’ll do the job for winter trail riding. Think the Nokian Freddie’s Revenz reinvented.

    (rant mode off)

    • In my experience you don’t really need studs in the snow. However those studs are made for when you actually hit an icy patch. Those tiny studs are still very effective as safety items in that regard.

    • I counted them when I received the tires for testing, I think it was 256? Not exactly sure, I just remember it was more then my other tires that have 240.

  5. No studded tires for the plus crowd? Please make something with those tall concave-tipped ones, give 45NRTH a run for their money

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