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Originally Posted by sentinel4675
Thanks for the input. Is there a big difference in how the road bike tires vs. mtb tires grab the road? I guess I mean, do the road tires cause you to lose balance more if not careful?
Yes. Sort of. Actually the road bike tires are simply less stable because there is less of a patch contacting the road. Get out your metric ruler and look at 23 mm. That is how wide many of the modern road tires are. Doesn't take long to figure out that these things can be dangerous if you aren't careful, or at least experienced.
These tires are also very unforgiving in terms of soaking up road bumps. You will feel a lot more of them on the road bike. Also, as I hinted at earlier, they can become troublesome if you hit pot hole or even a little crack in the road.
Again, the biggest differences that you will immediately feel is that they are FAST and they ride "hard" compared to what you are used to. Put these tires on smooth pavement and they are perfectly comfortable, but get off on a brick road, or gravel road, and you've got a problem. Meanwhile a mtb tire would be perfectly suited to those conditions.
So, it's not that the road tires necessarily cause you to lose your balance, but they will be more likely to be uncomfortable in conditions to which they are not suited. They also might be considered more dangerous if ridden in said conditions. (in which they are not designed for)