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    Bikes That Fit 700x42?

    So, as I'm continuing my decision making on a bike to get for myself, I've decided (based on some test riding) that I'd really like a wider tire, but simultaneously a lighter, more "performance" oriented hybrid. I've ridden and enjoyed a Trek FX, a Sirrus Sport, and, my favorite now, a Jamis Coda Comp.

    I just don't like the narrower tires.

    I could compromise and go with a heavier bike like a Crosstrail or Trek DS, but I don't personally see the value of the shocks and disc brakes for my purposes.

    So, I ask all of you...are there any bikes that have the form of something like the FX or Coda yet can fit 42, maybe 38 tires (fenders would be great too, but I'll pass on that for a bigger tire if need be).

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    Max tire on this is 42.
    http://volagi.com/bikes/viaje-xl

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    I was at the LBS yesterday investigating this very question. The FX series, at least from 7.2 up to I think 7.4, has the chainstays "crimped" or extruded at the point where the tire passes, in such a fashion to take at least a 40 and maybe a 42 tire. The 7.5 looks like it would accept a 38 at least. If possible, go to the LBS and measure them.

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    The viaje is a bit out of my price range, and that's interesting about the trek FX. I'll have to check in on that. I also looked around online and found a pretty ideal looking bike, the Misceo, which has 38 tires (and I'm thus assuming could fit 42s) http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/life...misceo-3-0-13/.

    The 3.0 I linked in particular seems appealing, but I'm not sure how to evaluate the components. What bikes, on a component level might be comparable?

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    Any of the Cannondale Bad Boy rigid fork editions, Giant Seeks, or Giant Rapid or Escapes will handle a 700x42

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bean Burrito View Post
    So, as I'm continuing my decision making on a bike to get for myself, I've decided (based on some test riding) that I'd really like a wider tire, but simultaneously a lighter, more "performance" oriented hybrid. I've ridden and enjoyed a Trek FX, a Sirrus Sport, and, my favorite now, a Jamis Coda Comp.

    I just don't like the narrower tires.




    I could compromise and go with a heavier bike like a Crosstrail or Trek DS, but I don't personally see the value of the shocks and disc brakes for my purposes.

    So, I ask all of you...are there any bikes that have the form of something like the FX or Coda yet can fit 42, maybe 38 tires (fenders would be great too, but I'll pass on that for a bigger tire if need be).
    I had 700x38c tires on my 2011 Jamis Allegro 1 without any problems, I'm sure my 2012 Jamis Coda Sport could handle 38's also. 38 is a pretty wide tire, personally if you want "performance" I'd go NO WIDER than a 32c, otherwise your going to be hurting your performance gains, jmho!
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    The Giant Escapes could handle a wider tire, too. Marin Fairfax is also a more performance oriented bike worth checking out. Maybe the Novara Big Buzz? For a more mountain bike oriented hybrid, the Marin Muirwoods or Novara Buzz definitely have support for wide tires. The Misceo is a good bike too, more mountain bike style but not steel framed like the Muirwoods or Buzz.

    Honestly, why not get the Jamis and put a 35 or 37 tire on it? Seems like it could handle them.

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    Marin Muirwoods 29er comes with 42mm tires. It will fit fenders with 42mm or you can go up to 55 Big Apples without fenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Giant Seeks................will handle a 700x42
    Yes. I have Seek 1 (2011) and 700x42 will fit (that's also the maximum size that you can fit in rear triangle).

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    Seems as though a couple people have posted about the Misceo...figured I would as well. I have the Trail, and currently have 700 x 38s. Talked with the LBS when I bought mine, and they said I could go up to 45...which I may with some knobbier tires for dirt paths.

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    When I wanted something like this a couple of years ago, I got a Salsa Vaya frame and built it up from parts on hand and parts purchased through sources like Ebay. I really like mine.

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    I have a Crosstrail that came with 45s. I ended up with a 40 on the rear, without loss of comfort compared to the 45s. A 35 on the back rode noticably harsher. However, that same 35 on the front, rode just as nice as the 45, and steering and handling is remarkably improved. Thats what I use now. The 35 on the front, and a 40 on the rear.

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