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Old 06-25-11, 07:43 PM   #1
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What are the skinniest tires I can run?


I commute on a Scott SUB40 with the following wheel/tire combo:
Rigida DP 2000 700C, 32H
Continental Sport Contact 622-37C.

The tires, as sticky as they are (love the way they feel around corners), are a little on the wide side for dedicated street duty. What is the thinnest slick I can run on this wheel? Since I commute and occasionally jump off curbs, I need a little bit of reliability to go with the tire selection.

Any recommendations?

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I personally wouldn't jump off curbs on typical road tires (23-28's) but that's just me.

I'd just keep the 37's and pump them up higher.
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If you're going to occasionally jump off curbs, I'd stick with the 37s. Sport Contacts, though... really... I wouldn't recommend them to my enemies. I went through a half dozen of them. (Bulk purchase.) They rode like they were made of cement - heavy and harsh, and the sidewalls were fragile, too. Not a single one of them wore out. They all failed prematurely; all but one of them with sidewall failures and the remaining one delaminated around 1/3 of the tire's circumference and then the carcass ruptured. Blowouts on the front suck, especially when you're running heavy touring tires to avoid blowouts.
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