Both ways work great and can last for multiple winters. Though winter tires seem a bit pricey upfront, they last for multiple years (usually around 3-5 seasons depending on the aggression of riding). There are some more cost-effective options for studs, but the longevity just isn’t there. We recommend purchasing either the Mitas prestudded tires or Grips Studs.
Danika has the Mitas XT Studded Tires and has run them for 5 winters.
Lexi has Grip Studs installed in an IRC M5B rear tire and an IRC Volcanduro front tire. She has run these studs for 5 winters and has only had to reinstall them once into a different set of tires.
Once your bike is all studded up, you just have to make sure you dress warm. Winter riding gear is extremely important when riding in the low temps. When you’re riding at the track at least you are close to your vehicle to take breaks to warm up. Alternatively, when riding off-road you need to make sure you’re prepared for all conditions.
Winter riding gear is extremely important when riding in the low temps. Whether you are at the track or riding off-road we recommend starting with a base layer that is tight to the skin, this will keep your core temperature warm and wick away some of the sweat. We love wearing the Fox Legion lineup as it little more burly and warmer than regular race gear. The Fox Legion lineup provides great durability, has body zipper vents, and lots of pockets! Don’t forget to finish with a jacket or vest and a pair of warm gloves to keep the cold elements out.
“I wish I would’ve taken up winter riding sooner, being able to get some bike time and break up the winter is such a treat” – Danika