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Old 07-14-18, 09:12 AM
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Raleigh Cadent - widest tires?

I am a bit torn on this. I have really considered buying a new bike from the Raleigh Willard line, but not being able to ride one first (and the lack of decent reviews available), I am unable to pull the trigger.

So, this leaves me wanting to make my current commuter/fun bike (Raleigh Cadent 2) a little more capable off of the tarmac, mostly hard dirt & crushed limestone type surfaces - nothing too serious. The bike comes standard with 700c x 35 tires and I am wondering if going to a 38 or 40 tire is worth the hassle and if a wider tire will even fit. I am open to any ideas or opinions. Obviously, anyone who has 38 or 40mm tires on a Cadent is encouraged to chime in. If you have more aggressive 35 mm that you are satisfied with, I would like to hear from you too.

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My daughter has a 2015 Raleign Alysa 1, which is the women's version of the Cadent. Hers came with 700x35 Kenda Kwick Tendrils, which are actually about 32mm wide. I currently have the 700x38 Giant Crosscut tires from my Roam on her bike, and they JUST clear (38mm actual). I've also had some Schwalbe Little Big Bens on it, which were marked both 40-622 and 700x38, and they were a true 38mm. Those also JUST cleared.
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A 35 size should be fine for those conditions. If you hit a rough patch just lift off the seat a bit.
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Thanks. So, it sounds like I am staying with 35s. Now I just have to decide on the tire - should be easy for me to figure this one out by myself. Tire selection is no where near as specific of an issue as my previous question.
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