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Old 03-03-16, 08:04 AM
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Tires That Don't Fit Reference

Just thought I'd start a reference page where the tire will not fit or clearance is extremely tight.


1986 Schwinn Prelude - 27" rims, came with 27 x 1 rotted tires. 27 X 1 1/4 Vittorio Zaffiro III will not fit under the brake bridges, both at the front and rear.

Motobecane Jubilee Sport - 27" rims, a 27 x 1 1/4 will not fit between the chainstays. I was able to fit 27 x 1/8 Kenda K36, but it is still tight.

1989 Centurion Ironman Expert - 700c rims, barely fit a pair of 700c X 28 Vittorio Zaffiro. Would recommend 25's in most cases.
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1985ish Trek 400 : Some 700x28 will fit, if they are smaller than designated, but a true 700x28 is impossibly tight under the fork crown. This is generally true on many 1980's Treks with short reach brakes and 700c OEM wheels.
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When I got my 1967 Peugeot PX-10 it came with sewups and a set of 27" clinchers with crappy 27x1" tires.

I got a set of Panaracer Pasella TG 27x1 1/4", mounted them and found there wasn't enough clearance front or back. 27x 1 1/8" didn't make it either! Ended up going to 27x1" Paselas.


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Tires have to fit the rim before they can fit the bike. Vittoria Open Corsa EVO SC tires and Torelli Master rims, tough combination. Veloflex Masters are pretty tight on those rims too so I'm sure it's as much the rim as the tires.

25mm Pasela fits the fork of the Ironman but I suspect a 28 would not.
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Centurion Elite RS - 1984 - 27"x1" rims, would not take 27x1-1/4, probably not 27x1-1/8, both front and rear clearance issues as i recall. Pasela 27x1 worked

Peugeot PX10 - 1972 - 700x32 + VO 45 fenders - barely fits rear, too tight on at fork crown at front. Panaracer pasela pt tires on CR18 rims - fit great w/o fenders. Could bend fenders a bit to fit into crown, but I was fearful that fit was so tight that small debris sucked up into the fender would muck up the deal. 25s work fine, I'll also try 28s
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1971 Schwinn Paramount: 700x25 fit fine. 700x28 would be very tight between the chainstays, but with ample clearance everywhere else.

1977 Motobecane Grand Record: The King of clearance! Most 700x35 will fit. 700x32 and fenders, no problem. 27x1 1/4 is A-OK.

1979 Trek TX900: 700x28 is moderately tight between the chainstays, but with ample clearance everywhere else. 700x32: front yes, rear no.

1983 Trek 970 road bike: 700x28 would be very tight between the chainstays, but with ample clearance everywhere else.

1976ish Serotta Nova Special X: 700x28 would be very tight between the chainstays and under the front brake.

1993ish Simoncini Cyclocross Special: 700x30 is surprising tight between the chainstays, but with ample clearance everywhere else. 700x32: front yes, rear no.

1994ish Pinarello Gavia: 700x25 is moderately tight between the chainstays. 700x28: nope
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1988 Trek 400T - 32mm knobbies F/R no problemo.
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This is becoming a useful thread and nice that everyone is following the same format. Makes for an easy reference.
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1983 Trek 600: originally had 27x1 1/4", converted to 700C - Pasela PT 700x32 fit great without fenders; with fenders rear is tight but fine, front is really tight under fork crown.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
1989 Centurion Ironman Expert - 700c rims, barely fit a pair of 700c X 28 Vittorio Zaffiro. Would recommend 25's in most cases.
FWIW, 25mm Paselas brush the rear brake caliper of my '89 Ironman. I downsized to 23s.

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