Some (most?) manufacturers recommend running studded tires on pavement for the first miles to facilitate "seating". As my commuting route touches little pavement but woods, I see little chance to do this "seating" for 50 km as e.g. Nokian recommends. With a Nokian Extreme, I was not able to see a difference in spike positioning before and after the 50 km seating process.
Hence, I am wondering:
- What actually should we think is happening during the seating process? Fact or fiction?
Why do the companies rely on the poor biker to do the spike seating process, why isn't this done by the manufacturer?
How important is this for tire performance? With a pair of Nokian extreme, I'd guess it took me around 100 kms until I have had these tires for 50 km on pavement. Over the last 3 years, I lost (and replaced) not more than a handfull of studs on this pair of tires. With one of Schwalbe's studded tires, I actually lost around 30 % of the studs in the first 4 km ride (and returned the tire), with a pair of Continental, it was somewhat better, but after 50 km of seating, I still kept loosing spikes at a constant rate. Hence, with the Nokian, I've got the impression that these were already working before seating and little changed during seating, with all others, I've found out that riding on pavement does nothing good to tire quality.