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Old 06-02-11, 03:35 PM   #1
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What size tire do you like?

Just curious on what most of you guys like. I wanted a little bigger tire and ended up with much bigger, still up in the air on how much I like it. Was running 700 x 23, went to get something bigger and all LBS had was 700 x 35, deffinitely smoother but feels heavier, wanted 700 x 28.
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Old 06-02-11, 03:46 PM   #2
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I like those Panaracer 26mm tires cuz they're the biggest that fit in my bike. 25s are a close second.
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Old 06-02-11, 04:12 PM   #5
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running 35s
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Old 06-02-11, 04:27 PM   #6
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I like 25's. I'd probably do 28 in the back.
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Old 06-02-11, 04:28 PM   #7
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I like the speed of the 23s but the 35s felt nice on the little 6 mile ride to work, hopefully get to put more miles on it tomorrow when off work.
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Old 06-02-11, 04:33 PM   #8
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does it feel harder to push your gear ratio with the 35s?

they are great for commuting, and the roads around here are in poor shape
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Used to rock 23 front, 28 back, currently rocking 28 on both because it's easier on my fragile, broken body.
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Old 06-02-11, 04:44 PM   #10
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does it feel harder to push your gear ratio with the 35s?

they are great for commuting, and the roads around here are in poor shape
It seemed a little harder to push, but also running on very little sleep and food so might be more the engine than the tires feeling heavy. Deffinately feel smoother on my rough roads.
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Old 06-02-11, 04:58 PM   #11
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If I ran 23s I'd be at 64.9 GI, currently at 67.1 GI. Not sure how much you would notice that difference, perhaps slightly.
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23s for racing, 28s for everyday riding. I also have a wheelset setup 23 front/25 rear which is nice for going fast and still being a little more comfortable.

IMO, unless your roads really suck or you're touring or something anything bigger than 28 is overkill. The loss in speed outweighs the gain in comfort.

I also weigh 135lb, so I don't mind the skinny tires so much.
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Old 06-02-11, 05:12 PM   #13
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23-28, mostly 23 or 25.
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Old 06-02-11, 05:21 PM   #15
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Used to rock 23 front, 28 back, currently rocking 28 on both because it's easier on my fragile, broken body.
This for me, I started on 25c's, got a deal on 23's they destroy'd me but thankfully they didn't last, switched to Rando 28c's and have been very happy with them
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25 in the front, 28 in the back.
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23, 25, 28

i have some 23s that feel alot like my 28s
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23c-25c for city riding. I'm like 140lbs. I find individual tires make a difference too. My 23c Fyxations are more comfortable than my 25c Panaracer Duro PTs were.
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I am at 71.3 GI now with 35s, 42/16 sprockets, shouldn't be to bad, mostly flat roads, mite just be a weak day, lol.
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23's, but why do people have different sizes in the back?
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23's, but why do people have different sizes in the back?
For the skids! I like 25's btw. Front and rear.
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I went from 650-21 to 23 and now finally am happy with 28. Feels comfy.
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23's, but why do people have different sizes in the back?
I carry a load, so it's harder for me to avoid rough roads and debris by getting light or popping up the rear end of the bike. Since most of a rider's weight is carried by the rear tire, it also makes sense to go bigger on the rear for greater comfort (if that's what you're into).
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700 x 28 for sure
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