FBC Hex Studs
$38.00 – $103.00
UPDATE: Our custom insertion tool is out of stock. This will come with a 45NRTH Insertion Tool Currently
Our New Super traction HEXED Studs offer the best performing and value stud available! Not quite XL, the best blend of traction and weight in a genuine Tungsten Carbide stud. Available in packs of 100, 250 or kit with our own FBC ergonomic stud insertion tool!
Out of stock
100, 250, 250 w/ Tool
David Smith (verified owner) –
Ordering easy, shipping fast.
Got these to fill in the holes of the 45NRTH XL concave studs on Wrathchild 27.5 Plus studded tires. So far so good. While they are smaller than the XL concave studs – the height is similar. Used a security torx bit that I magnetized as an insertion tool and used Isopropyl Alcohol applied with a small syringe as lube as recommended by 45NRTH. Been out on some off camber glare ice and really no drama – just grips.
Brett (verified owner) –
I bought a pack of 250 of these studs to replace some Terrene concave studs in a Wazia tire. The FBC hex studs are substantially bigger in the tip area and fit perfectly in the tire. The FBC studs are obviously more aggressive. Good value, good function. Exactly what I wanted.
Merlin Toth (verified owner) –
I replaced the 2 centre rows of original studs in 2 sets of Dillinger 5 tires with these after the 45NRTH ones had worn flat. They are a little taller and more aggressive and I think they give better traction on ice than the originals. The originals lasted for 5 seasons and time will tell if these do as well. I used a spray bottle of soapy water to lube the sockets and they popped in just fine, took about an hour per tire to remove the old ones, and insert the new ones. When I eventually replace the tires I think I will buy unstudded and put these in the two centre rows and 45NRTH XL’s or Terrene triple traction studs in the outside rows.
DUSTIN MCLACHLAN (verified owner) –
These are incredible, like velcro for icy trails. My first order was short a pack of studs, but FBC was quick to fix it and sent the missing pack immediately.
Easy to install with the tool and some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
I’ve had a few studs pull out on roots sticking out of the snow. I don’t think these specific studs are to blame since the base is pretty much identical to previous worn-out studs. It’s likely that the stud holes were a bit worn out after removing the old ones.
My advice is to use rubbing alcohol to remove your old studs and minimize damage to the rubber. Buy a few extra studs, and replace them as needed with a spot of vulcanising cement.
AndrewBikeGuide (verified owner) –
These studs are insane. They do not seem much when one looks online but comparing them to a Terrene Triple Carbide they are almost 1.5 times the size.
They inserted as easily as any decent aluminium based stud, I use a “about to go the recycling” milk bottle cap filled with isopropyl alcohol as my stud ‘lube’ dipper.
The t-shaped tool is a big improvement on my first experience screw driver style tool.
The studs seated well, I roll the wheel and do a second press of each stud with the tool, just to be sure.
Conditions did not allow me to perform the recommended “10-15 km of asphalt” riding as everything was already covered in snow and ice here so I did a mellow, low torque, not much climbing, 20 km ride on a packed and groomed snowy trail. I did not lose any studs and none were loose so it seems to have done the job.
The second ride was into our local single track and starts with some serious 15º climbs. Other than pfaffing with pressures (new style tyres in addition to new studs) there were no issues and I could hear and feel the incredible bite that these studs impart to the trail.
Hard packed snow – no issue; frozen snow – no issue; glassy water ice – no issue.
I suspect that I will not possess the personal bravery to find the limit of lean and grip on these studs. I can throw the tyre into a side knob lean with complete conviction that the studs will help the tyre achieve and maintain velcro like levels of grip. If you have the power, balance and the gearing to pedal up it the studs will grip on it!!
I am now at 150 km on these tyres/ studs and other than damaging two rear studs on a rock, they are all remaining in their pockets and they seem impervious to trail debris like roots and rocks.
Sure they are noisy on tarmac or concrete (like a helicopter turbine at idle) and they definitely have more rolling resistance and suck more energy than the standard carbide stud but one cannot have everything and I will take grip over a bruised (or broken) hip any day of the week.
If you live somewhere with mixed conditions, with a lot of clean tarmac time, then perhaps these are a little over the top but for a bike that is dedicated to snowy trail riding, or you live somewhere where almost everything is snow and ice covered for five months of the year then these are the studs to trust without question.
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