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    Are 700x35c tires/wheels too wimpy for occasional off-roading?

    I will be buying a commuting bike to use instead of my old department-store mountain bike.
    The bike I am considering has fairly smooth 700x35c tires, which seem less robust than my 26xsomething knobby tires.
    Every now and then I find it convenient to take brief shortcuts along dirt trails.
    Nothing too serious, but there are roots and rocks and holes instead of smooth pavement.
    Will 700x35c non-knobby tires be okay for that?
    The planned bike has fenders, so I'm not sure I could add bigger/knobbier tires.

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    I have 700 x 32 and I think they're fine on dirt. The last part of my commute I usually ride for a ways down a dirt jogging trail. I always feel like I should get out of the way of the pedestrians, so I've occassionally taken to the ungroomed deep gravel on the side of the main trail to avoid them. I can ride in that, and over tree roots and rocks with no problem at all.

    If the bike handles well, and you're a decent rider, you'll have no problem getting used to a skinnier tire. In fact, you will really like how much easier those slick tires roll on the pavement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffCF View Post
    I will be buying a commuting bike to use instead of my old department-store mountain bike.
    The bike I am considering has fairly smooth 700x35c tires, which seem less robust than my 26xsomething knobby tires.
    Every now and then I find it convenient to take brief shortcuts along dirt trails.
    Nothing too serious, but there are roots and rocks and holes instead of smooth pavement.
    Will 700x35c non-knobby tires be okay for that?
    The planned bike has fenders, so I'm not sure I could add bigger/knobbier tires.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

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    Knobby tires help for mud, but if the terrain is hard-packed dirt, roots, and rocks, a tire with a light tread pattern will work just fine. 35s can handle that sort of terrain pretty well, in my opinion.

    I've been taking almost exactly that sort of trail quite a bit lately (lots of roots and rocks), with a bike that has 37mm tires. The slightly narrower tire combined with the probably higher center of gravity of a bike with 700c tires might require more skill than a full-blown MTB, but it can absolutely be done. I also think that the 700C tires roll better over big rocks. Of course, not having a suspension hurts.

    I probably wouldn't recommend a rigid bike with 35mm's for a ton of miles over roots, but for occasional off-roading it can be done. You'll just have to learn that the 35mm wheel has less side-to-side stability. But it actually rolls better over stuff, so you might find situations where it's actually better.

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    I use Performance SpeedTracs on heavy trails and they work fine.

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    http://npbikeshop.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=4966
    Continental double fighters.

    I got a free pair brand new if anyone wants. 700x35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Underbridge View Post
    I also think that the 700C tires roll better over big rocks. Of course, not having a suspension hurts.
    Actually, the bike I'm considering does have a front suspension. My old bike does not.

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    I have 700 x 35 and they work fine. I deal with some loose gravel at times, muddy patches, grass.

    Maybe not truly off road, but they have worked.
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    I just got a bike with 38's and I need new tires so I am looking for some good advice too.
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    Back in the day I'd routinely take woods trail shortcuts. On standard 3x road wheels with tubular tires. Never had a problem, just rode carefully and lifted the bike over nasties. I'd say it isn't whether, it's how careful you'll have to be.

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    I've gone on dirt paths with 35's on my hybrid. It works ok for occassional use.
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    Thanks for all the responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    http://npbikeshop.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=4966
    Continental double fighters.

    I got a free pair brand new if anyone wants. 700x35.
    Sorry for the thread hijack, but slvoid I want your tires!

    I pmed you. Lemme know what the deal is.
    View my blog: climbhoser.blogspot.com

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    can i piggyback on this thread and ask a off-road quesiton????

    Can i get some other wheels and tires for my 7.6fx and hit some minor trails? I get asked by friends all the time to hit the trails, but dont really have the bike for it

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