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Old 01-21-07, 09:46 PM
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Low profile 700x28 tires?

Greetings. I'm building up a Centurion Ironman for a single speed commuter and need some low profile 700x28 tires. I tried some Performance Forte GT2 700x28 but they rubbed the bottom of the rear brake caliper ever so slighty. I mean, I need 1 to extra 2 mm of clearance from the brake caliper.

Does anyone know of any 700x28 tires that have a low profile that may give me the extra clearance I need? I am hoping someone has experience with this so I avoid buying and mounting many different sets of tires until I find one that fits.

If there is a 700x25 tire that has a wider footprint/profile please let me know as that may be what I am stuck using if I can't find a smaller 700x28. By the way, I am looking for the biggest tire that will fit on the bike since I will be commuting on some not so great roads.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 01-21-07, 09:53 PM
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Hi,
I don't know if this will fit, but it's one of my favorite tires.
http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/tires_tubes/10043.html
This also might fit, the 26c version
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...20to%20700x28c
Of course there are several 25c tires, of which my favorite is the Fortezza (hard to find in the 25c)
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Originally Posted by richenrygarcia
Does anyone know of any 700x28 tires that have a low profile that may give me the extra clearance I need? I am hoping someone has experience with this so I avoid buying and mounting many different sets of tires until I find one that fits.
The only one I can think of are the IRO Duro 28mm tires. They are Kevlar-belted and slick. Pretty decent though no good if you ride on a lot of glass and rocks. I got 'em for about $8/each from Nashbar.

The reason I suggest them is because they have a less "round" profile than the Performance tires, and may give you the clearance you need. Not sure if it will be enough to make a difference.
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I could sell you my old worn 28s

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Old 01-22-07, 05:52 PM
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I have a set of those GT2s in 700x28. I think they're the biggest 28mm tires I've ever seen. The 700x28 Continental Super-Sports on my wife's Bianchi look at least two sizes smaller. I suspect that a 28mm from any line other than Performance will fit for you just fine. Those GT2s are huge.

BTW. the GT2s also come in 25mm, and were on sale at the local Performance store this weekend for $7 each. The Kevlar-belted version was about $10, IIRC. Finally, I think Specialized Armadillos come in 700x26. Lots of commuters swear by them.
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I think Vittoria Randonneurs fit more like a 700x26 but you may want to get a few more opinions on that.
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i measured the width of my Bontrager Race LiteX foldable 700X28 as 26 mm, but not sure about the height of the profile.
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How about sticking a 26" rim on the rear? Are you going single-speed or fixed gear.
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I am sticking with a 700x28 for now. I am running a single speed and since my bike has horizontal dropouts I added a 1/2 link on chain and it fixed my problem. The half link moved the wheel back 1/4" or so and it allowed the clearance I needed from the brake caliper. Funny how that worked out. I am happy by the way with the Performance GT2 tires. I am running them with Mr. Tuffys and they are a pretty good deal for 10 bucks a tire. Thanks for all the help.
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