Originally Posted by Ziemas
My wife would like some wider tires on her new bike. She currently has a nice set of Open Pro rims laced to 105 hubs. Do you think Coni Contact tires in size 700x37 (the actual mesurment is 700x34) would be safe? I'm worried about the tires being too fat for the rim and popping off while she is bombing down a cobblestone street. I mounted the tire on the rim at the store before I bought it and drippled it like a baketball for a while with no ill effect. What would you do if it were your wife? BTW I can't find any wider 700c rims or thinner tires, except 700x23 Grand Prixs. Thanks.
I have been interested in (pretty much) this same question. I am building up some OPs (105 hubs, too!)and was wondering what the range of tire widths is. In all of my searching the widest I have seen anyone quote is 700x28. I will try to dig that up and link to it. My concern with widths that were "pushing" the range would be that they would roll off the rim when cornering. I would try to contact the tire manufacturer and see what they say.
Unfortunately, the Mavic site is kind of short on technical specs. They do have a tech support site, but it is only accessable by Mavic dealers. You need a username/password to get in. Maybe a Mavic dealer can help us out. I will try calling Mavic on Monday. I did talk to them about spoke tensioning and they did tell me that OPs should be tensioned in the 90-110kgF range.
Edit - Here's the Continental page for these tires:
I fired off a query to their tech support email. We'll see what happens next.
Last edited by cascade168; 05-28-05 at 09:15 AM.