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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-01-08, 10:17 PM   #1
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clyde tires?

i have been researching what wheels to buy, and now i need to get some insight on what tires to put on my new wheels.

i am 240 pounds, and will be getting the mavic cxp 33's wheel set.

what tires should i upgrade to?

i am clueless here!
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I use Continental Ultra Gatorskin
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I'm personally running Continental City Contacts (700x37c). So far, so good.
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240 and ride Continentals. 700 X 23- Ultra 2000 and GrandPrix 3000 type tires. Actually had very bad luck with Gatorskins, never again on them there tires.

Also had very bad luck with Specialized tires. Specialized Mondo and S-works, about $35 per tire one year ago. Every Specialized tire I've used (700 X 23's) seems to lose big 2 inch chunks of rubber from the tread.....No problem with Numbus 26 tires, actually great on those.
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I use Bontrager Satellite Elite Hardcase 700C x 38. I diggin' them.
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i do i know how wide of a tire i can go up to?
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Actually had very bad luck with Gatorskins, never again on them there tires.
3000 miles on this set , One flat and that was my fault (Pinched)
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i do i know how wide of a tire i can go up to?
Roadbike? Depends on fork and frame clearance. 25's on my Lemond (straight blade fork) is tight. I would NOT try a 28!

Hybrids may go to 38.

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i have a cervelo soloist team.

about to get new wheels, and want to upgrade to a nice set of tires that will last with my 240 self
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3000 miles on this set , One flat and that was my fault (Pinched)
I bought a set for our tandem. First ride smallest grain of glass caused a flat. The again on the 3rd ride. I took them off then placed one on the rear of my roadie. 2 or 3 flats within 10 rides. Figured it could be the tire so I tried the other GS. Samething! Biggest waste of $70 I ever spent! Put some Specialized Armadillos on the tandem, not one flat....yet!

Some do swear by them, not me!
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i have a cervelo soloist team.

about to get new wheels, and want to upgrade to a nice set of tires that will last with my 240 self

I have about 40,000 miles on my roadies with 700 X 23's (220-245 lbs). No problems with them but I do use Deep V's for rims.
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I bought a set for our tandem. First ride smallest grain of glass caused a flat. The again on the 3rd ride. I took them off then placed one on the rear of my roadie. 2 or 3 flats within 10 rides. Figured it could be the tire so I tried the other GS. Samething! Biggest waste of $70 I ever spent! Put some Specialized Armadillos on the tandem, not one flat....yet!

Some do swear by them, not me!
LOL I guess I should change then,

OP Do a search this will conclude there is no one better tire
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I've been having good luck so far with my 700 x 23 Vittoria Zaffiro's that came stock on my bike.

Course now that I typed this I'll get a flat on the commute home.
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i do i know how wide of a tire i can go up to?
Would the congregation please rise for a reading from the Book of Sheldon...



Additionally, Beanz is right in making sure you watch the frame/fork clearance. You might be able to put a 28mm tire on your rim, but that doesn't mean it will clear the fork crown or brake bridge when you put that wheel back on the bike.
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Michelin Krylion Carbon tires here. 700x23. Not a ton of miles on them yet, but so far much much better than my 2006 Specialized Allez triple came with. somewhere around 220lbs here. But then again I was a mountain biker/trail biker in college, I learned how to avoid dangerous stuff, and I do that on the road bike. I still carry a tube, patch kit and pump with me on rides...ya never know...
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For the Cervelo, it may not be possible to go bigger than a 25. (for that matter it might not even be possible to use a 25 depending on the brand). Remember, that the wheel and tire are going to flex in corners and you are going to need a little more clearance than it appears you have at rest. Any rub marks on the fork or frame at all are a clear indication that you have gone too large.

I ride at 225 on my Leader bikes TT frame and use the CXP 33 or CXP 22 combination with a 23mm Kenda Kalliente Iron Cloak (kevlar antiflat belt at an ultralight 195 grams). I run them at 110 lbs and they hold the weight ok. My wheels however are custom (I build them) 32 spoke wheels with DT double butted spokes and spoke washers at the head to make the spoke fit in the hub better. They are radial spoked fronts and half radial spoked rears which I believe hold up better to the 225 lbs.
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how do you like the cxp's?

i am probably going to go with the cxp 33's with a 32 count up front and 36 count in the rear.
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how do you like the cxp's?

i am probably going to go with the cxp 33's with a 32 count up front and 36 count in the rear.
For strength, it is good to go with any of the Deep V rim designs. They are stronger radially because of that section and support the larger load requirement of the Clyde rider. The CXP 22 is the budget build rim as it is not welded at the joint (sleeved only) but it might be even better at load bearing because of the 2 round extrusions inside the rim. Think of it as the deep v version of the MA3 rim that is one of the standby's for touring bikes. The CXP 33 has been considered by some as the benchmark for handbuilders. It has been around for several years now and more than holds its own with the ready to roll stuff.

An incomplete list of rims for large riders would include the CXP 22/33, the Velocity Deep V, the newer DT Swiss RR 1.2 and for MTB's the Sun Rhino Lite. (the latter also available as a road rim)

There are other choices I'm sure, but this is the list I'm familiar with.
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It depends on what you ride on. If you road ride and have good roads then the skinny little road tires should be fine. If you road ride and have bad pavement or have issues with sharp stones or glass, then a wider tire might be better and definitely look for ones that are puncture resistant.

If you trail ride or deal with bad pavement a lot, I'd definitely go for wider tires. I run 700x35's (puncture resistant) on my bike. They give you a bit more cushion. I seem to pick up thorns a lot sot I like the puncture resistant tires. My local LBS doesn't like either the liners or the tubes with goo in them.

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Continental GP4000's or Michelin Pro Race 2's or 3's. Nothing like them.
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I guess at 240, I wouldn't worry a lot.

Most tires should be just fine - just inflate to max (likely 120 psi)

I have used bontragers, Conti's 2000 ultra, Conti 2000 TT, Conti 4000, Armadillos, cheapies, expensive. They all held me up.
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Another vote for the Bontrager Race Lite Harcase--mostly because that is what came on my bike and I have had no problems with them.
But, prolly most decent tires are going to get you down the road. "Which XXXX is best" questions are like asking "How long is a piece of string?"
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Howdy,
I am a big clyde (6'2" 300 lbs) and the stock tires on my new stead felt spongy. Max psi was 120. I looked at Performance Bike and they had some Vredestein Fortezza SEs 700 x 23c that are max 160 psi clinchers and they are awesome. I ride them at ~ 145-150 and I can tell a huge difference in rolling rolling resistance with the Vredesteins (much less then stock tires) !!! They seem to be just as grippy as the stock tires. I donít find the tires uncomfortable on the road either. About 200 miles on them and 0 flats/problems. Several of my clyde buddies ride them too. Iím going to stick with these unless I find a problem down the road.

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