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Old 04-10-08, 07:12 PM   #1
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Tire question

Do 700 X 28's give a noticeably softer ride than 700 X 25's? My favorite 20 mile loop was chip-sealed just before winter and is rough! It's OK with my MTB with 26 X 1.5's. It really shakes the teeth with the road bike. I really prefer the road bike. Light, responsive, accelerates with ease. So, what do you say?
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Old 04-10-08, 07:35 PM   #2
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Depends what brand of tire and how many psi?
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Old 04-10-08, 07:41 PM   #3
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Same model of tire, a little difference. Different makes/models could be a noticeable difference. Some 28's might be the same width or even skinnier than your 25's. Or, your 25's might be more like a 23 in another tire variety.
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I use Continental 700 x 25 @ 120 psi and 700 x 28 @ 100 psi tires on different bikes. I don't detect a noticeable distinction in riding comfort between the two.
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I like 28 tires too and, have been enamored with the new Specialized "All Condition" series in 28. Also, the Michelin ProRace 2 in 25 at 80/85 lbs (F/R) will give you a ride to die for.
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I Also, the Michelin ProRace 2 in 25 at 80/85 lbs (F/R) will give you a ride to die for.
...and unlike many brands (of which Conti is among the worst), Michelins are at least as wide as the nominal size. My last set of 25mm Pros measured 26.5mm on Open Pro rims. Actually wider than "700x32c" Conti Top Tourings, which measured 26 even.

Another brand I've heard much goodness about is Grand Bois - light, fast, very smooth ride. Price is on par w/ Mich Pros, and they come in 700x26, 28 and 30c. Available thru VintageBicyclePress.com, VeloOrange.com and a few other places.

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Can't help you on tyres as I run 23's- but a lot of comfort can come about with the build of the bike. I have an ultra stiff Aluminium frame that rides a dream with 23's at 140 psi. A lot of that comfort comes from the CF Seatpost and Forks- and the wheels that have a cross spoking pattern.
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