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    700x26c durability

    Hello, I am thinking about purchasing a diamondback interval within the next year but I am wondering how durable the 700x26c tires will be. The conditions I experience on my commute are a little rough pavement, sidewalks (sometimes uneven) and a few grass patches. I currently own a diamondback insight 2 with 700x32c tires and they handle these conditions fine. Will the thinner tires be okay?

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    There's too many factors to judge by size alone.
    Some tires have a harder rubber compound which will wear longer, but at the expense of higher rolling resistance.
    Suppleness of the plies is another factor in rolling resistance, as are puncture protection "belts" and the like.

    One can make comparisons about all other things being equal, but they simply aren't. A skinnier tire will run at higher pressure.

    I run these 26mm's on my hybrid and am very happy with them- (very light)
    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...t-tire-folding

    I've got about 2000 miles on them so far and expect to get close to twice that.
    I weigh 230 and ride on mostly smooth pavement, avoiding potholes etc.

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    forty -two.

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    forty -two.
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    I would go with no less then 700x32c tires on a commuter bike here in the NW. I like 700x38c even better. They handle the potholes and chip seal even better.
    Last edited by tim24k; 08-18-13 at 09:43 AM.
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    700x26c durability

    Most annoying part of skinny tires...the skinnier they are the more often you will have to add air...for 26c I'd say every other day. Even my 32s I have to reinflate twice a week to maintain good tire pressure. Just a pita for a commuter you are on every day. They are faster and a bit more efficient when properly inflated, but more susceptible to everything under the sun, more flats maybe, rougher ride, potholes suck, train tracks, I've even gotten my 23s caught in a storm drain cover. Probably would have with a 32 as well but it happened with 23s.

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    The far most annoying thing about skinny tires is listening to the people that don't like skinny tires!
    Compared to the Specialized Armadillo Flak Jacket 35's that came on my hybrid, anything skinnier was an improvement. Even at 85 PSI, they were total slugs. Knobbies wouldn't have been that much worse.
    I initially put on 28mm Serfas Seca's, but they were too prone to flats in spite of their "FPS System".
    The LBS had them and I needed a skinny tire pronto.
    I then ordered the 26mm tires in my initial post from biketiresdirect.com and have been totally pleased.
    Knock on wood, but no flats in 2000 miles.

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    in short yes. I commute on 25's and have for years and years.

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    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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