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Old 10-16-05, 02:38 AM   #1
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700c tires...which ones?

I'm looking on ebay to for some tires for my 700c wheels about to ship in next week....BUT there are so many 700c X 20 ..some by 700c x 23 ....700c x 26..I don't know which to get....I have Formula hubs with Velcoity deep V clincher rims...hubs are 28 hole....please lead me to the right tire to buy or if all will work fine.
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Old 10-16-05, 03:31 AM   #2
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I'm a little drunk right now, but with that said I'm going to go with whatever. I have the same set up you have and I really don't even remember what tires I'm running. I don't think its that big a deal.
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700x23's

durable-----specialized armadillos, almost flat proof, ride harsh, but last forever
less durable but inexpensive--------nashbar generics with kevlar
race type----michelin carbons are as good as any others

If your gonna skid alot and generally abuse the tires, armadillos are pretty damn good, and the nashbar generics work better than many would think. Want something stickier and race like, michelins arent a bad choice.

get long reach valves on your tubes, deep dish rims need those
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Go for a good 700 x 23 If you find some Vittoria Open Corsa CX or Continental GP 4000 you won't go far wrong.
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Old 10-16-05, 03:40 AM   #5
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I definitely would stick with 700x23 and above just because for urban riding anything less is going to be too skinny. Most folks get nervous enough on 23c.

Probably a safe bet is 25 or 28 (though this may depend on frame clearance - if you've got a real track bike with very tight clearance you may not be able to get anything more than a 23 in there).

If its for street riding then either by something with a flat protection system or get some Mr Tuffys in those cheapo tires; adds weight, but prevents flats.

Its hard to recommend tires based soley on manufactures as even Continental make some models which are awful for general use. But look for tires made by Continental, Specialized, Vredestein etc.

It may help to read all the posts on best tires for skidding. Ton of tire recs in those.
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ok, sobering up, I'm gonig to add that I've been very pleased with my specialized tire I bought on a whim for my rear. Its lasted twice as long as my conti and vittoria on my brakeless rear and has a nice grip on the road.
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Old 10-16-05, 04:43 AM   #7
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700 x 23.

Rubino Tech or Comp.

Conti Gatorskins.

Either or.
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Old 10-16-05, 04:51 AM   #8
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dumpstered. i end up burning through them anyways, so why the hell should i pay for them?
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here's another vote for the nashbar prima 2 plus with kevlar belt
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700 x 23.

Rubino Tech or Comp.

Conti Gatorskins.

Either or.
I second the Rubino Tech. They are a little pricey, but very durable, ride great and have been very durable. Also very few flats.
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I'm a little drunk right now, but with that said I'm going to go with whatever. I have the same set up you have and I really don't even remember what tires I'm running. I don't think its that big a deal.
that is like the cutest reply ever.

cute in like a manly burly way.

*not gay.
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Old 10-16-05, 09:33 AM   #12
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700 x 23 is standard
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Old 10-16-05, 10:39 AM   #13
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I usually buy whatever is in the $5-$15 range at Nashbar that comes in the size I'm looking for, and I never go with anything less than 28c/ 100psi, because I weigh 190, and I like to be able to hop curbs, and ride through potholes without fear of flats and bent rims.

I went for a ride with my boss once he rode a faster lighter bike, and weighs about the same as me, maybe a bit less, but he was running 23s, and he needed to avoid stuff that doesn't even phase me, and he flatted on the way home.

If you're smaller, you can probably safely go thinner , but I still think 23cs are pretty damn skinny for anything other than smooth pavement. I watch riders on 23s swerving around little tiny bits of gravel, and point at the ground, and wonder what the big deal is.

So my advice is go skinny if you wanna go fast but you'll have to be careful about where you ride. Go fatter if you want to ride and not worry about the surface. 28s are a bit skinny for dirt roads, and off road, but you can do it. If you want to do it with regularity, go up to 35 or 38.
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Old 10-16-05, 03:26 PM   #15
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apparently continental has a 700x28c tire that has 1 year no flats guaranteed, according to the guy at my LBS. I think i'm going to get a pair of those and skid the ***** out of them. They look pretty tough, but i'm a huge fan of my 23c gatorskins. We'll see what happens.
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700x23 Specialized PRO
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im running armadillos
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Old 10-16-05, 07:29 PM   #18
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I'm looking on ebay to for some tires for my 700c wheels about to ship in next week....BUT there are so many 700c X 20 ..some by 700c x 23 ....700c x 26..I don't know which to get....I have Formula hubs with Velcoity deep V clincher rims...hubs are 28 hole....please lead me to the right tire to buy or if all will work fine.
What bike and where/how will you ride it? If you will have a brake or two you'll have a wider selection.
I like Tufos for my clincher rimmed fixies because they can be ridden flat in an emergency and their sealant makes that unlikely. I agree with Gatorskins or similar if you'll do lots of urban riding. Cyclo-cross tires are an option if the frame is wide enough.

I'm pretty brave and have tubular rims on most of my fixies.
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What bike and where/how will you ride it? If you will have a brake or two you'll have a wider selection.
I like Tufos for my clincher rimmed fixies because they can be ridden flat in an emergency and their sealant makes that unlikely. I agree with Gatorskins or similar if you'll do lots of urban riding. Cyclo-cross tires are an option if the frame is wide enough.

I'm pretty brave and have tubular rims on most of my fixies.
I love my tufo tubular clinchers. They were on sale from Nashbar not too long ago.
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anyone else notice that armadillos suck as a bike tire on a brakeless bike? i skidded through 2 of them in a matter of a month and a half. im trying a liter tire this time around, hopefully it lasts a longer
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Vittoria for ride quality
Specialized Armadildos (just kidding) for hi-mileage tires
Conti's for that stick'em crit riding.
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Does anyone else use:
700x25c "IRC Triathalon/Kevlar Tire"? $15

No flats in >2200mi. But I don't know what I might be missing in ride quality.

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Does anyone else use:
700x25c "IRC Triathalon/Kevlar Tire"? $15

No flats in >2200mi. But I don't know what I might be missing in ride quality.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

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I've never tried them, but I just noticed they make a 27x1. A good thing to know if you are looking for skinny 27" tires. Anyone ever used 27x1? what does it compare to in 700c sizes? I've got 27x1 1/4, and 27x1 1/8 on my 27" bikes now
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i ride on 23s with no problem on rough roads--by which i mean, not the most well-maintained roads in connecticut. it's a little uncomfortable--you kind of have to roll your body on the bike over some bumps and shiznit--but it's okay. i wouldn't mind running 25s though.

any thinner than 23mm, you're *not* getting any faster, but you *are* getting a harsher ride.

i liked nashbar's generic kevlar belted tire. it was cheap and solid. but i shredded through it on my rear wheel in about four months. toward the end it gave me lots of flats. i'm using a schwalbe (?) blizzard tire on the back there. it's got a little kevlar belt on it, too, which is nice, i got a good deal on it, and it's nice and grippy and fast, it feels.
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I've never tried them, but I just noticed they make a 27x1. A good thing to know if you are looking for skinny 27" tires. Anyone ever used 27x1? what does it compare to in 700c sizes? I've got 27x1 1/4, and 27x1 1/8 on my 27" bikes now
I use the IRC 27x1" on my front wheel 700x25 rear, the reason I use these tires I so I can have a front/rear match and a narrow tire. They look the same, same width, etc.
I recommend them, but haven't tried any other tires (other than a used 25c Gatorskin on the rear) on this same bike.

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