Touring - Jamis Quest max tire size?
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08-14-05, 10:14 PM
Question to Quest owners: what is the tire clearance on Quest? Will quest take 700x28 tires?
08-15-05, 05:23 AM
If it is the 05 model, I beleive it comes with an Easton EC70 fork, so you'll need to check to see if this will accomadate a 28. The brake housing should accomadate a 28, it will be the fork that causes the problem.I have put 28 inside many different brakes and have had no problems with fit. The later Quest models had a narrow crown carbon fork made by Kinesis and if the quest you are inquiring about has a similar Kinesis fork that was on my recently purchased Jamis satelitte, unfortunatly they do not fit. I have a set of armadillos that I was hoping to use on this bike. I now have 25 to put on it. These are armadillos 28 Iam talking about, keep in mind that some of the other tires out there do have a different shape and may fit.
08-15-05, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the reply.
Another possibility: if the fork takes only 25, does it make sense to put 28 to the back weel only (where the most of the weight are)?
08-15-05, 03:05 PM
That is up to you and your butt. Just make sure you get an inner tube that can replace a 25 and a 28 mm tire.
08-17-05, 02:07 PM
I have a 05 Satelitte and have put a few miles with a 28 on the back and 25 and 23 on the front. I felt it tracked well, was responsive down hill, quite comfortable. I was unloaded. I have been experimenting different options. I only have 80 miles on the bike. So far I feel the best will be 25 front/ rear for touring(although i have not given up the thought of 28 on the rear and 25 on the front) and 23 front/rear the rest of the time. I rode today with the 23 front and rear, this bike felt fast and extremly comfortable.
I did a triathlon Sunday august 14,(I used my other bike Fuji robauix with dedicated tri setup) and changed positions a few times with a guy riding an 03 quest, as well he was next to me in the transition. He loved his bike and from my experience so far with the satelitte (520 steel vs 631 on the quest) I can see why he seemed fresh after the ride. These are great bikes and I know Iam going to enjoy my steel experience.
08-18-05, 09:41 AM
Mark, thanks for the info about your experiments - it's very informative. I guess, you are right, having such a nice steel frame may make difficult to feel the difference between 25 and 28 tires.
I am only trying to fit fatter tires to improve wheel's chances to survive credit card touring and stay true. Wheels (unlike our bottoms) don't have absorbing steel buffer between them and the road...
08-19-05, 09:00 PM
The reason I had the 28 x700 Armadillos was I had them on a bike (04 giant ocr) I did 2 little tours like you are anticipating on doing...1100 miles total. When I replaced the giant with the jamis satelitte I was hoping to use these tires on it for future trips...thats why the experimenting. As it turns out the 28 does not fit in the front.I was able to swap the 28 armadillos with a buddy for his 25. I still think I would prefer a 28 on the back though.
What rims are you planning on using? If this is any consulation the trips I made on the Giant where on Alex da 13...although a 32 spoke rim it may not be the best rim for touring...but I had no problem...possibly because of the tire choice. Both trips I carried 40lbs on a rear rack.
On the Jamis I switched out the alex 450 that came with it for shimano 550 with a 16/20 spoke count.I fully anticipate these rims to hold up to future trips I am planning.
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