FrostBike 2013: 45NRTH Launches Flat Pedal Wölvhammer Winter Boots, Changes Up Escalator Tire
Less than a year ago, 45NRTH introduced their Wölvhammer SPD winter cycling boots, and they quickly went on to win a Eurobike Design award for innovative design and construction. While the SPD version could be used with flat pedals, 45NRTH received enough requests for a flat pedal specific version that they have gone ahead and launched that very thing. Not only is the sole of the shoe specifically designed for flat pedals, but the foam shank used for the Wölvhammer flat pedal is flexible for hiking and designed to work extremely well with 45NRTH’s Heiruspecs and Helva pedals.
Check out QBP’s video detailing the new Wölvhammer along with forth coming changes to the Escalator Studded tire after the jump!
It may not be a studded fatbike tire frozen in ice, but to continue the tradition 45NRTH had this ice sculpture on display to show off the Wölvhammer boots. Impressively, it lasted the whole show (moved outside at night, of course).
Originally, when 45NRTH introduced their studded fatbike tires at FrostBike 2012, the version that came with studs was called the Dillinger and the studless version was called the Escalator. Now, the studless tire will just be called the Dillinger studless, but more than a name change, the Dillinger studless will be transitioning to 120 TPI from 180 of the Escalator. While higher TPI translates to a better ride thanks to the increased suppleness of the tire, such a high thread count proved to be not quite as durable as 45NRTH expects from their tires. In order to make the 180 TPI tire more durable, extra rubber was needed on the tread which increased the weight. Going forward, they decided that a 120 TPI casing, with less (lighter) rubber better fits the performance aspects of the tire. 45NRTH will be getting one more shipment of the 180 TPI version in March, so if you want a pair that’s your chance. We just received a 180 TPI version in for review so look for that in the near future.