Coming from Dillinger 5 studded tires, I was looking for a more aggressive, studded fat bike tire that was also tubeless ready. While I liked my Dillinger 5 studded tires, they just didn't handle well in the deep snow and I didn't like how the handled on turns. The fact that the Wrathchilds have studs on the outermost knobs as well really gives them a confident bite on turns. Riding here in the Northeast has been on glare ice ribbons for the better part of the past couple of months. Having these tires has given me the confidence to continue riding regardless of the conditions. I did get one good ride in with deeper snow and where the Dillinger 5's would have failed me, the Wrathchilds were up to the task. I can confidently tell you that these tires are the favorite amongst my peers. I know of at least 6 other riders that have bought these same tires this winter. I have heard reports from others that they have been losing studs. I have not lost any. And 45NRTH has done the right thing by sending replacement studs to those that have been losing them.
This is my first set of studded tires and I got them based on the previous review. We recently had some warm weather that made our trails ribbons of ice. We received a little new snow and with these tire I feel like I can dive into the corners with confidence. I have been able to climb hills that I that I usually spun out on in the past. After three days on these tires on icy trails I am very happy. I am hoping to get some fresh deep powder to try them out in.
Mounts easily 1st time. Don't think need sealant. Went on 70mm rim but think get more face without airing down with 80mm or wider. Holds to anything. Hard part getting convidence that will. Not hard to push. Have done 67mi in 6.5 hr.
Have had quite a few rides on these and they are amazing on ice. Have compared them to others riding different tires and on ice have a lot more bit vs others. In the snow they have deep lugs and work quite well. Studs have held up well and have only lost one riding varied terrain of snow, ice, frozen bare ground. They have in my opinion a bit more bite over the dillinger 5's on ice but seem comparable in other conditions.