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Unread 03-18-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Secret New Nokian tires with retractable studs

Pardon the sensational title, but it seems to be necessary and the normal thing to get attention for a new product thread. Jazz hands!

Here's a tire break through in progress. Imagine a tire that has retractable studs. Retracted when not needed. When you need studs you push a button and studs stick out of the tread. When you don't need them, push the button again and studs retract again.

Sounds like sci fi, James Bond, or Speed Racer stuff doesn't it?

Nokian is working on developing this technology for real. See link below to Fox News article about it, and see

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/...actable-studs/ While at the Fox News link watch the Nokian video that shows studs retracted, then stick out when button pushed.

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Unread 03-19-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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All it would lead to in a town like mine is a rash of people pushing other people's buttons, lol!
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Unread 03-19-2014, 08:24 AM   #3
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Nice idea. Studs are actually worse for traction in some winter conditions given the advancements in rubber/tread technology we've had over the decades, but they're still useful in some situations. On-demand studs would be the way to go if it can be done. I doubt states that have outlawed studs would allow these since they're still studs, and they'd have to assume people would be using them improperly, so I won't ever get to play with them. Oh well, their non-studded tires are more than good enough for me.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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How about rocket assist for extra go power when it's slick? That'd defrost the cars behind you too. So a win for them too.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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Did you see the Nokian video of studs moving in and out?
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Did you see the Nokian video of studs moving in and out?
Indeed. Fun fact: Nokian already has a sort of "shock absorber" technology in their studs that reduces noise and road damage vs regular fixed studs.
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Indeed. Fun fact: Nokian already has a sort of "shock absorber" technology in their studs that reduces noise and road damage vs regular fixed studs.
Huh. I assume that would also allow the studs to last longer too.
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