New! 45 NRTH’s Dillinger & Escalator Tires!

David Gabrys  of 45NRTH – has been work’n overtime to bring us some great new products! Last week he kicked winter cycling shoes up a few notches with the Wölvhammer winter cycling boot and this morning 45NRTH is announcing two new tires to their line-up!

First is the Dillinger, which is a 240 count studded tire with wide channels between the deep tread blocks. These wider channels shed snow and increase cornering traction. In the middle of the tire you have tightly spaced chevrons with extended paddles that increase braking and acceleration traction. The tread blocks get progressively taller as you move from the center of the tire (4mm height) to the side knobs (6mm height). This makes the tire a bit more square in it’s profile, which increases stability and traction even further. All the studs in the  Dillinger are constructed of tungsten carbide inserted into aluminum bodies, making them light. 240 studs only weigh 60 grams. Dillinger comes in a 120tpi with a folding bead at $225, and a 27tpi with a wire bead at $175. The 120tpi folding Dillinger weighs a scant 1275 grams.

Here are some Dillinger Spec’s

Size: 26×4.0″ (measures about 95mm wide)

Stud count: 240 aluminum carbide studs

Weight: 1275grams (120tpi folding). The weight of the 27tpi version is not certain at the moment.

MSRP: $225 (120tpi), $175 (27tpi)

Availability: November

Break in period: not exactly certain at the moment. Probably 20-30 miles.

Name: Dillinger is a play on the badass nature of John Dillinger, as well as a reference to the Minneapolis punk band Dillinger Four.


Next is the Escalator. The Escalator shares the same tread pattern as the Dillinger, but is built on top of an incredibly light and supple 180tpi casing. It comes without any studs, but has pockets in all the tread blocks to make it customizable from 0-240 studs. The key feature of the Escalator is it’s weight, which will be around 1100-1115 grams. If people choose to run it with 240 studs, it will weigh in at less than 1200 grams. Aluminum-carbide stud kits and stud insertion wrenches will be available separately. The MSRP of the Escalator is $165 and it will be available in late November.


11 Responses to New! 45 NRTH’s Dillinger & Escalator Tires!

  1. Sean August 22, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    One pair of 120TPI Dillingers please…..oh, the price though! Ouch…

  2. barton cohen October 4, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    If the price bothers you do not buy it,people pay 5.00 a gallon for gas,complain,and still dirve,when they could ride or walk,same scenerio,people are addicted to a cars, which today 2012 is the worst investment in the world,it has no intrinstic value. It is only status,the car,truck van is needed if for your buisness is made off of it,if not walk,take bus,cab,carpool,get out of the car,it is pretty simple. thanks very much for your time to express my view.

  3. yw October 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    pretty flawed POV in the context of the OP’s sentiment on tire prices.. Motor vehicles are a means of transportation across long distances. Some people like more posh accommodations in a vehicle than others.. Most things you buy has little intrinsic value and are for status alone, and can be similarly applied to most things in the bike industry as well.

    • Donnieboy November 9, 2014 at 12:55 am #

      Fawk status. It always has and will be a construct of how some people want to be, just like money. It articially fills voids that can be filled otherwise. Speaking of voids, I’ll buy these escalators. They’re the only studable fats available.

  4. Derek Younge November 4, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    what does tpi mean? By that I mean what is the difference between the 27 tpi and the 120 tpi? I just pre-ordered the 120 tpi and would like to know if it is more than I need. I am 69, don’t ride hard, but I live in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and ride on the Lake ice, partly covered in snow. an mix of ice and snow. I need studs. My studded tires on my MT bike work wonderfully and I’m afraid the Fat Bike (Surly Necro) I’m getting will slide.

    • Bob Diedrich November 15, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Derek, Yesterday I picked up the 120 tpi Dillinger’s. The 120 tpi will allow for a supple sidewall which equals lower tire pressure, down to 3 or 4 psi, perhaps. I ride the Surly tires with 8 psi in the summer months. I don’t think you over-bought. Money spent on bikes is never wasted. The 27tpi will work too as I’ve had them, but they seem to wear out quicker in the sidewall from running low psi in the winter months. I’m 46, live in Minnesota, and ride 20-30 miles of trail everyday of the year. The studs are mounted on a Pugsley, I’ll provide a review in a month after we get some winter weather.

  5. Jason Gerken November 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Derek, To you question about tpi. Basically, the larger the tpi number, the lighter it is because it has a thinner sidewall. If you are not as concerned with your wheel weight, the 27tpi version would probably work just fine for you and might be a bit less prone to sidewall punctures, but either tire will work great for you.

  6. Slim December 27, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    TPI = threads per inch.Tires are made of a fabric casing wrapped around two beads and covered with rubber.[br]
    The higher the TPI number the finer the threads of the casing must be(to fit more of them into an inch). finer threads yeald a smoother fabric which is thinner and requires less rubber to cover, resulting in a more supple casing.[br]
    This reduces rolling resistance, meaning you pedal with less effort.
    It also allows the tire to conform to the surface better, increasing traction.[br]
    Since it’s thinner, you are more likely to puncture or slice the tire on a sharp rock or piece of metal.

  7. Nick August 18, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Running these low pressures with studs is great but is anyone having tire slippage and tearing valve stems ? We used to drill our motorcycle rims and insert screws into the bead to keep this from happening when racing on ice . Is this necessary on a bike . I have a fat tire ebike anyone else running one . I have a one motor all wheel drive . I love it this will be my first winter and I bought the bike so I could ride year round . I have a severe hidden disability that makes walking difficult , even sitting yet for some reason I can ride a bike for short periods . The only other exercise I could do was swimming and it was so far to get to a pool . I can do this right at home . Bike parks with year round trails are being built everywhere around me here in Michigan . The plan is to have a cross State trail system separate from any roads . Michigan is a wonderful place to plan a bike outing with camping or resort stays .

    • Donnieboy November 9, 2014 at 12:59 am #

      Nothing alittle sealant won’t fix…or alittle less acceleration (did I really say that?!)

  8. Nathan October 18, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Be sure to weigh the tires before you buy. Weights on these can vary up to 200g. I weighed over 20 of these and some were almost 1500g. I did not weight any of the 27tpi to compare.

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