By: Joel Augustine
To find a great all around winter set of tires we are testing both sets of Terrene's 26x4.6"120 tpi fully studded tires.
Terrene has been getting a lot of positive attention this year with the release of the new Cake Eater Tires. Since Salsa released the Beargrease with 27.5 x 4" tires, there aren't too many choices for tires in that sizing, especially when talking about studded tires. The Cake Eater launched a couple months ago with a 26x4, 26x4.6 and a 27.5x4, both in 33 tpi tough or the lightweight 120 tpi. This gives new Salsa owners, Trek owners, or anyone converting over to 27.5" another tire option. It's also another great option for the traditional 26" wheel riders. But how does the Cake Eater compare to Terrene's OG studded tire the Wazia? Let's dig in and see.
Wazia weight coming in at 1669g for the 4.6 Studded.
There are very few commonalities between the Wazia and the Cake Eater. They both share the same 62a durometer tire compound and mould size so both 4" and 4.6" tires are the same width, and both are stud able. But that's where the commonalities end.
The Wazia has taller center lugs that are a bit beefier and more spaced apart to keep snow from packing in and to get the most traction possible. The outside lugs on the tire do have a larger siping for more grip in the corners. The pre studded Wazia tires have a taller stud than the Cake Eaters. Both studs are triple pointed with a carbide tip. We put them to the test in some freezing rain that turned into a freeze thaw and the studs came in handy! The Wazia studs do dig in better on climbs and cornering. I've been going back and forth on each tire doing loops at our local trails and swapping bikes each lap. While going up one steeper section of ice, I was slipping a bit on the Cake Eater Studs but the Wazia's dug right in and kept chugging!
Cake Eater weight coming in at 1565g (minus 50g for packaging).
The Cake Eaters have lower center knobs that are closer together for less rolling resistance. The studs are still triple pointed with a carbide tip, but they sit more flush with the tire. For most icy conditions the tires hooked up great. When riding on a frozen pond I had no problem with traction. However, I did notice a little slipping on certain corners and up hills on some single track trails. I never felt out of control with these tires, but just noticed a slight slip here and there. Being 100g lighter per tire there has to be some give and take. I think the perfect tire combination would be to put the Wazia taller studs into the Cake Eater's.
Both of the tires from Terrene went on the rim pretty easily. We had them on the HED B.A.D rims and the Sun Ringle Mulefut rims. There was that really great balance of ease of putting on and ease of setting up tubeless right out of the packaging. Some tires I really struggle with setting up tubeless right out of the box so it was great to have no issues with either set of these. Since then I installed 3 more sets of Terrene fat bike tires and they all had the consistency of ease on to ease of tubeless. Both tires also do have a real nice tire compound. Even running around 2-3 psi the tire doesn't auto steer and they roll supple without the plastic feel or feeling they are so thin that they'll pop off the rim at that low of tire pressure.
Both The Cake Eater's and the Wazia do hold up to being great all around tires. I found the Wazia is the more winter-core tire while the Cake Eater is a great year-round tire. The bottom line for these tires is it depends on how your local trails conditions are and how well they are groomed. Another consideration to keep in mind when deciding which tire to use is whether you put your fat bike away when the snow melts or if you use it all year long.
Look forward to another review on the 33 tpi tough version of the Cake Eater, which is also tubeless ready with a flat stud in the tire to make them more affordable.
About the author : My name is Joel. I pretty much ride anything on two wheels and have a pretty bad bike addition. I've been riding mountain bikes for the past 6 years and been racing Cat 1/Cat 2 for the last 2. Future Plans : Race less and ride more. Tour Divide. Get more butts on bikes!