Cyclocross - Pro/Cons of 32 vs 34 Cyclocross Tires
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I looking at some new all around cyclocross tires and can't find much info on 32 vs 34 widths. I'm around 190, so a bigger guy and leaning toward the 34's for that reason, but more guys seem to run 32's. Any preference?
02-11-10, 08:56 AM
There's no easy answer for this. It depends on the course and conditions....
02-11-10, 09:11 AM
The only advantage of the thinner tire is negligible weight savings and, once in a blue moon, certain course conditions where you would prefer a tire to "cut" through mud or sand.
Get the 34s.
I am a bigger guy too (6'1 - 195) and I raced on both 35's and 32's. Overall - I liked the 35's much better - they had more traction due to the increased surface area and took the bumps better. As far as course times go - I don't think the tire widths matter at all - unless for some reason there was a significant amount of hard-pack or tarmac on the course, then a 32' would give a slight advantage.
02-11-10, 02:43 PM
Go with 34s. They are a more comfortable ride, better traction and they take the bumps a bit better. Heck I would go with 35s if I were you.
02-11-10, 07:02 PM
I use 30s. Just sayin'
I'm going to try the 34's, read somewhere to just air them up a little for fast courses.
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