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    700x30-ish tires

    I'm building a vintage commuter bike for my son. The bike had 27 inch wheels and could fit 27x1 1/8 in the rear and 27x 1 1/4 in the front.

    I'm going to be installing 700c wheels and would like to find a tire that is about 30mm wide. The frame can fit a 700x32 Vittoria Hyper (this tire measures 33mm wide on a 23mm wide rim), but there is less than 1 mm of clearance at the chainstays. There is ample clearance everywhere else.

    Most 700x28 tires measure less than 27mm wide, so I'm looking at 700x32 tires that run smaller than their label size.

    Do any of these 700x32 tires run 2 or 3mm smaller than the label indicates? I'm looking for a tire with a blend of comfort, speed and reliable puncture resistance.


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    I've found Paselas to measure pretty true to their labeled size. The 32mm Tourguard came out as 31.5 on a 23mm (od) rim. I've heard that the puncture protected (PT, or Pasela Tourguard) ones measure a hair smaller. Maybe they stretch a bit less? Paselas are pretty much perfect, considering the price.

    Other nice tires near that size, but all pricier than Paselas:
    Rivendell Roly Poly (or Ruffy Tuffy for armored version)
    Grand Bois Cerf green 29mm
    Grand Bois Cypres 32mm (Grand Bois tires ride very nice, but have less puncture protection. I've had no problems; I ride Cerf blue 27mm and Lierre 650x38b tires with only 1 flat last year)
    Schwalbe Marathons - ultimate puncture protection, a bit heavier and slower
    Schwalbe Kojak - still puncture protected, a bit lighter than marathons

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    My 700 x 32 Panaracer Pasela Tourguards on 23mm od rims measure right at 31mm .

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    There is a Challenge tire that is said to come in that size.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    28mm Gatorskin on a Velocity Synergy is 28mm @ 90psi.

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    My 28mm Pasela TourGuard measure 27.8mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    There is a Challenge tire that is said to come in that size.
    I think their Eroica is supposed to be 700 x 30, but I don't know what it actually measures. I know the Parigi-Roubaix is labeled 700 x 27 but measures 29 on many rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
    I think their Eroica is supposed to be 700 x 30, but I don't know what it actually measures. I know the Parigi-Roubaix is labeled 700 x 27 but measures 29 on many rims.
    Yes, I have the Parigi-Roubaix and it measures about 29mm. However, this is not a highly durable or reliable tire. It does perform and ride superbly, however. If I could find a tougher tire this size and at a more reasonable price...
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    My Kenda Kwick 700x30's measure 29mm wide on 14mm (inner width) rims, and would be a full 30mm on wider rims. The tires have been very reliable, and are available with a mocha sidewall for a little vintageyness.

    That said, the ride isn't much to write home about until the tread lugs have been clipped off or worn smooth.
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    My 32 mm Continental Touring Plus measures just under 28 mm wide and seems to not be very tall.

    It seems so much smaller than the 32 mm Panaracer Crosstown on the front of the same bike that I was trying to roughly match... which measures as 30 mm.

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    Schwalbe Marathons 700 x 32 measure 30 for me and they are great for flat protection.

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    My friend rides a Jamis touring bike with 700x32 vittoria randonneurs. They are narrower than my 32mm Michelin Tours which measure 33mm. I never measured his tires, but they are definitely narrower.

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    My Vittoria Randonneurs Pro are labeled 700x32 but measured 700x28. After 500km, lots of potholes and rough asphalt all is good. They are cheaper (and seem to be faster) than Marathons too

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    Thanks' everyone. My current summery;

    700x32 Vittoria Randonneurs Pro;
    WEIGHT: 420 grams
    TPI: 120
    BEAD: Folding
    MAX. PSI: 70

    700x32 Continental Gatorskin Hardshell
    WEIGHT: 435 grams
    TPI: 180
    BEAD: rigid
    MAX. PSI: 102

    700x30 Challenge Almanzo
    WEIGHT: 485 grams
    TPI: 260
    BEAD: folding
    MAX. PSI: 130

    700x30 Schwalbe Marathon Racer
    WEIGHT: 395 grams
    TPI: unknown
    BEAD: rigid
    MAX. PSI: 100
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    On an 18mm wide rim(internal) I find Schwalbe tires to be extremely close to their advertised size, at 85 PSI

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    I hear great things about the Vittoria Hyper tire. I might try them one day.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I hear great things about the Vittoria Hyper tire. I might try them one day.
    My favorite tire by far, and I've used a dozen different tires in the last 5 years. I have the Hyper in both 700x32 and 700x40 and both feel light, supple and fast. I never have a flat with these and consider them to be tougher and more durable than the Gatorskin. The ride quality and effortless speed rival the Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. While I have seen reviews of the Vittoria Randonneurs Pro that offer a mixture of pros and cons, the Vittoria Randonneurs Hyper (AKA Voyager Hyper) gets nothing but praise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chjcb77 View Post
    My Vittoria Randonneurs Pro are labeled 700x32 but measured 700x28. After 500km, lots of potholes and rough asphalt all is good. They are cheaper (and seem to be faster) than Marathons too
    I can second this -- my 700x32 Randonneur Pros measured about 29mm on a 22mm wide rim. I traded them in for the 700x35 (which measure right around 32, maybe a bit more) model because I wanted the fatness.
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    I went with the 700x32 Randonneur Pros. I like the high 150 tpi and folding bead. The price on these are very good. If it's 29mm wide or less on a 19mm wide rim, I should have what I want.
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    I loathed my vittoria hyper 37's. Horrible in the wet. Threw them out. That bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Thanks' everyone. My current summery;

    700x32 Vittoria Randonneurs Pro;
    WEIGHT: 420 grams
    TPI: 120
    BEAD: Folding
    MAX. PSI: 70

    700x32 Continental Gatorskin Hardshell
    WEIGHT: 435 grams
    TPI: 180
    BEAD: rigid
    MAX. PSI: 102

    700x30 Challenge Almanzo
    WEIGHT: 485 grams
    TPI: 260
    BEAD: folding

    MAX. PSI: 130

    700x30 Schwalbe Marathon Racer
    WEIGHT: 395 grams
    TPI: unknown
    BEAD: rigid
    MAX. PSI: 100
    I was eyeing a pair of these to try on my road bike for gravel grinding. Not sure if they would fit though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I was eyeing a pair of these to try on my road bike for gravel grinding. Not sure if they would fit though.
    It depends on the bike, but it is unlikely. I can barely fit the 29mm wide Parigi Roubaix on two of my classic road bikes and the Almanzo is wider.
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