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Old 06-01-13, 06:03 PM   #1
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Bike shop - tire change / upgrade?

Hi,

I've been commuting for a few months now and i'm enjoying it.

I ran into my first flat tire, and I brought it to a bike shop since I didn't know how to change the tube.

I was running a Maxxis Detonator 700x28 and they determined if was compromised and replaced it with a gatorskin 700x23
My rim is a Sun Assault SL-1 28/32H.

I ride a Brodie Tesla hybrid http://brodiebikes.com/2009/archive/...=tesla&year=06
Does the change of tire size matter ? I'm told 23c is more efficient, so is this a worth while upgrade?

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Old 06-01-13, 06:15 PM   #2
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It will be a touch more efficient; but way less comfortable....................

If you have another 28, put it on the rear, and the 23 on the front.
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No idea why anyone would consider a 23c tire an 'upgrade' on a commuter but YMMD.

Gatorskins are available in different sizes. The same size as the original Maxxis Detonators might give you a bit more flat protection, but typically, higher pressure tires flat more easily and narrower tires need to run higher pressures. Traded in my 23's for 25's on the road bikes a long time ago.
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Give it a test ride and tell us what YOU think!

Just because WE say something doesn't make it so. Otherwise we'd agree all the time.
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It will be a touch more efficient; but way less comfortable....................

If you have another 28, put it on the rear, and the 23 on the front.
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23 front, 28 rear, you might like that combo. I run that combo on one bike.
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I don't know about the 23c issues you might face, but I rode a hybrid with them for about 6 months without any issues, and I'm a big boy (was 250 at the time).

My Vaya has a set of 40cs on it and I can say that it doesn't ride better because of them, it just means I'm pushing a lot more tire than needed for the job. I'm going back down to a set of 28c on Monday and keeping the 40c for gravel grinding only.

I think a 28 is probably the magic number most people will agree on because its a compromise of low rolling resistance with a lower pressure tire. A 23 is going to feel fast, but sketchy for someone my size (I'm currently at 215 again). When I was heavier, I was more careful about how aggressive I road.
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Continental has some very nice riding 700 X 23's. The Ultra Sport is one.
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go to youtube or whatever and learn to patch a flat. save yourself some $$. I ride on Armadillos, they don't flat often.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the opinions.
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If you have another 28, put it on the rear, and the 23 on the front.
With an alloy fork? I'd want the wide tire on the front.

No idea why they would put a skinny road tire on that bike. I can't believe they didn't have a 28 or 32mm tire in stock.
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