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Old 07-24-12, 10:22 PM   #1
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Would it be bad to just get a set of cyclocross tires and put them on my road bike?

I have a 2011 Motobecane Record, and I live in an area where there are some trails that are not terrible, but rocky enough so I don't want to ride on them. If I were to get a set of cyclocross rims (Tires, Tubes, Rims) and put them on my bike, do you think there would be any danger for me or the bike? Also, my bike currently has 700x28cc tires, with room for more, but are there even rims that would fit that are good cyclocross rims?
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Fitting a tire larger than 700x28 on a road bike with short reach Tektro R530 caliper brakes may not be an option.
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Fitting a tire larger than 700x28 on a road bike with short reach Tektro R530 caliper brakes may not be an option.
I agree. Your road brake caliper opening width will probably be the limiting factor for a fully inflated 33mm-35mm tire. You could put them on flat and then re-inflate if you like. As for the wheels, there really aren't "cyclocross" wheel, despite what some may say. If you have a reasonably well built 32 spoke wheel, you'll generally be fine. As for the bike, unless you're just beating it like a rented mule, I personally would be fine with it. Hell, I used a 1986 Raliegh Technium 440 for an entire race season in 'cross and it's still providing daily commuter transportation for me.
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I agree. Your road brake caliper opening width will probably be the limiting factor for a fully inflated 33mm-35mm tire. You could put them on flat and then re-inflate if you like. As for the wheels, there really aren't "cyclocross" wheel, despite what some may say. If you have a reasonably well built 32 spoke wheel, you'll generally be fine. As for the bike, unless you're just beating it like a rented mule, I personally would be fine with it. Hell, I used a 1986 Raliegh Technium 440 for an entire race season in 'cross and it's still providing daily commuter transportation for me.
Short reach brakes will not take a normal sized and inflated 700x32 or larger tire. Long reach calipers brakes, as found on older sports/touring bikes, can take most 700x32, but the OP has short reach brakes.
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It you can get some to fit... I ended up getting a cx bike because with my madone there was no fork and rear triangle clearance for wide tires no mater what brakes I could swap-course it was an aggressive racing bike.
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