Finally got and installed my LunaCycle.com fenders... survived a nice icy slip/fall & then a 25 ft slide together this morning on black icy wet roads on the way to work... above freezing this afternoon on the way home, wet roads... shielded me good from the massive 4.9 inch tire water I was eating prior to these... think they really make the bike look even more far out... a very nice price, go check em out... takes awhile for them to get it to you... so just figure this is like buying the bike... order now because you want them and it's a great price... it eventually gets there to you... had to do some very minor mcgyver modifications to get them to fit but otherwise they are perfect... so far the snow hasn't been an issue getting clogged or trapped in the fender canal because you figure unlike a traditional tire bike, the tread knobs on the tire are far enough apart that there really isn't any catchment possibility... I've had to abort metal rain fenders on my previous trational bike I was using because it was an issue.
Lets talk tires... they are a very nice size... I am really digging how huge they are... gives really good width stability to really help with the car tire ruts in the road that make it a slippery slope and trough scenerio... have followed online fat tire pros advice and deflated the tires to where it gives me more grip and bounce/float to make absorbing the different angles and slopes very tolerable. Snow traction no problem on stock tires... I pray to the sondors gods that I always ride in snow... because when it's frozen ice that's when you are just spending more time trying to be safe and even then still just falling over... My mantra when I ride, especially in the winter is to only go as fast as I want to fall.
So yes... definitely going to go the studded tire route, for sure.... I'm just trying to prolong it as long as I can to where I don't have to do it this winter... they are $146 each on amazon delivered for the cheapest I have found, and $250 each plus shipping for the best which is 45 north 4.8 studs but turns out the tire width is only like 4.3 inch. The benefit of the expensive one is that they keep the middle strip stud free to prevent the friction studs create, thereby making it the fastest studded fat tire that is the most preferred but oh so expensive... they also are concave studs, meaning that it's like a round hole instead of just a spiked dull tip... this has been reported as a very stable stud for which they focus on the outside knobs to give lateral stability when turning and off center posture.
I've also looked into doing your own studs and it's pretty much a dollar a stud... and if you look at the stock sondors tires knobs you get to see how expensive that becomes... not to mention that I don't believe the rubber knobs would be suitable enough to host the screw in stud... and yes, it takes awhile to do it, and to do it right you need take it off the rim and then make sure to put some tape lining on the inside in case they accidently break through to protect the tube.
The cheaper studded tires on Amazon by Vee Rubber have the Sondors width that I like, plenty of studs in a tighter sondors stock style of knob tread and everyone reports they work great, you just want to make sure to drive on snow, mud, or sand because on flat clear surfaces it not only dulls and wears down your studs of course, it slows you down considerably, traditional fat tire bikers making it a point to say it is a lot more effort to pedal with these tires in those circumstances.
i would love some feedback from anyone with what they are using for studs on their sondors or hear what anyone else has found out in their quest for ice stability on two wheels.