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  • less than 700x20

    1 2.44%
  • 700x20

    4 9.76%
  • 700x23

    33 80.49%
  • greater than 700x23

    3 7.32%
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    road tire size 700x23 or less?

    I ride with a 700x23 tire but a friend swears that he is much faster on a 700x20. Does it make that much of a differance, and what other concerns does riding on a thinner tire raise?
    Oh to be just a little bit faster....

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    I used to ride as narrow a tire as I could find, usually 700X19 and, in the old days, 27"X1. I like 700X23, a little nicer ride and every bit as fast IMO.

    Many others like 700X25 or even wider and report no drop in speed.
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    I ride a 700x22 most of the time (tubular).
    I don't know that the 3mm difference will make a huge
    difference other than the 23 will be that much more comfortable.

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    i find any lower than 23c makes me unsable for sprinting .

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    I ride Conti SS Ultra 700 x 18 tires on my Colnago. Got 'em cheap thru Performance on a closeout. They ride great, much like a fatter tire, very comfortable, even with the 150 lbs of air pressure they are rated at. Broken beer bottles don't like them, however!
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    20C to harsh due to higher pressures
    23C just perrrrrrrfect
    25C too heavy for serious racing but can be great for training/commuting.
    An ounce off the wheels is worth 3 off the frame

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    For what it’s worth, I switched from 23 to 25 this year and haven’t noticed anything. In fact just set a new personal best. The extra bump in size is just more comfortable.

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    I like the crisp feel of high pressure, so I go 700x20 on the road. I have tubulars that are 19s and 22s, though, too.
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    Originally posted by Rossgo
    i find any lower than 23c makes me unsable for sprinting .
    and just too hard for me.
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