Dumb newbie question
I have 700X35c tires on my bike, how small can I go sizewise?
Would a 23 or 28 or something fit on the same rims or do they need different rims? I would like to get a smaller size but not sure if they would work.
28's should fit no problem. That's what I'm running now in leu of my fat 38's in order to gain a little speed. The 38's sure did ride like pillows though... 23's might not fit properly. Mount your 28's and just take it easy until you're sure they're stable on the rim. DanO
It depends. Some rims are designed to work well with a fairly wide range of widths, some are not. And, for some reason, a particular model of 28mm tires might work well on a particular rim, and other model not fit well at all.
You might consider having your NBS put a set of good 28mm tires on the rims and inflate them to the max and check the fit. A good mechanic can spot a "fit" problem more easily than the rest of us. And, there are a lot of nice tires that are available in a 32mm - that size is a good balance of comfort, stability, durability and low rolling resistance.
Originally Posted by Bikeguy1
Depends on the size of your rims…and not just diameter… what is the width? Go to a good local bike dealer and they might be able to help you know for sure what options you have.
You have hybrid bike, from rim numbers. I, also... Specialized Crossroads Elite Euro, 2000. Hybrid = better than roadbike on dirt, faster than VTT on street, cheaper than both.
I have on mine 700X32 tyres with "road" pattern: tread like motocicleta tyre, not big knobs. Performance ST-K. These roll as if being narrower tyres, much efficiency.
I have also set of Mavic road wheels. I bought whole bike used for 50 euro, just to have 9 speed wheels. These fit hybrid bike, no problems.. (big adjust to brakes when I use them... also to computer) They have on Michelin Erilium tyres 700X23.