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Tire on a hybrid

Old 11-10-20, 10:05 PM
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Tire on a hybrid

I have a fx3 and it has 700x32c tires.
I am thinking to get less nobbier tires, but Iím not sure if I should stick to 32 or 28c width?

I only ride on residential roads, sometimes to avoid cars I might have to go into a sidewalk which , but thatís it..

I have the bontrager h2 tires thinking of going aw or r series tires
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32c. Wider tires are better when you're hopping kerbs. 28c will give you harsher ride than you're used to and might regret it.
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Stick with the 32's
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Do you need new tires or just to go faster?

I wouldn't really consider the h2 tires knobby and I would probably ride them until they need to be replaced. It's not like you are coming from a mountain bike tire where the difference is huge.

That being said both R and AW series tires look decent enough, but you will find a lot more information on Continentals, Schwalbe etc than the OEMish Trek tires, which you can likely find at a similar or better price.

Oh yeah, and generally stay with the larger tires.
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Agree with above - the H2 tires have a nice solid center patch. I've never used those, but used very similar ones on my hybrid when I used it for commuting and you won't see much (if any) speed difference if you went to an all slick tire.

Also echo the "stay with 32mm" and also look at what tire pressure you are using. Don't go to the max of the range on the tire, on real roads you'll be faster with something around 70 PSI or so - a tire pressure calculator like this one (there are many others) will help you get an idea of recommended tire pressure range.
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As others here know, tires make a HUGE impact on how a bike rides...they are easily the least expensive, largest impact upgrade one can make on a new bike. When I first read the OP's "Iím not sure if I should stick to 32 or 28c width?" I thought it might have been a typo, as I'd think the decision would be between 32s and 38s.

I recently finished the cleanup and tuneup (it now looks like new..the bike can't have 100 miles on it) of a 2009 Trek 7.5fx that will be a Christmas gift for a friend. It had the original Race-Lite Hardcase H2 tires on it..700x32. I can believe they are highly flat-resistant...and "hardcase" is an appropriate name..they feel like riding on beef jerky. The bike seems to be fast with these tires, it feels fast at least as the ride is very..rigid..abrupt..harsh compared to what I'm used to.

I put a set of 700x38 Panaracer Gravelking Slicks on it (least expensive, fastest, easy-rolling, flat-resistant tire I have experience with) and what a difference. The bike has much better manners (more cushy ride) while still being surprisingly (to me) a very fast bike. My girlfriend rode the bike before and after the tire change and she couldn't believe the difference in the ride. She said, " feels much more stable..who wouldn't love this bike!"

I'm not sure what the max tire size is for a current fx3 (the 38s have plenty of room on the '09 7.5fx), but I'd be thinking about installing the largest, fastest(with good flat resistance) tires I could afford and enjoy the ride. GK slicks can be had for $70/pr (Bikesmiths in Milwaukee has good pricing on GKs..their pricing goes up and down..keep an eye on it). There's better options out there, for more money. I may be trying some Schwalbe G-Ones next.
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