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Road bikes that easily fit a 700x30 tire.

Old 05-30-17, 08:22 AM
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Road bikes that easily fit a 700x30 tire.

I'm considering a road bike with either caliper or disc brakes that will easily fit a 700x30. I'd like to use the 700x30 Schwalbe G One Speed, these measure about 31.5mm wide on a Velocity A23 rim. I know dozens of road bikes can accept a 700x28, but I'm planning on using the bike on rural farm roads, including firm gravel and 28mm are not always wide or plush enough. I'd like to have the responsive and performance of a road bike and don't want the slack geometry or heavier feel of a gravel bike.

What comes to mind?
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Any reason not to get a cyclocross bike?
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most of the endurance disc road bikes will take up to 32's. seems to me they are between a full on race bike and gravel bike geometries. might be a good compromise. some endurance geometry road bikes are racier than others so its definitely a YMMV thing. I've been kind of searching for a similar thing to change from my Synapse since my rides are going to change in nature a little and a 30-ish tire is on my radar as well. another Synapse may be the correct call for me, tho a disc version. more research and test rides are in order though.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Any reason not to get a cyclocross bike?
That's what I'm using now. I'd like shorter chainstays and a normal amount of Bottom Bracket drop found on road bikes. Plus my Cyclocross bikes have cantilever brakes for mud clearance, this bike won't be in deep mud.
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Check out Black Mountain Cycles road frameset. Uses 47/57 calipers and clears 32mm tires with ease. One of best bikes I've owned.
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I'll second that - perfect for rural farm roads; I run 700x28s on mine but you can definitely go bigger up to 33.
Can't say enough about these frames, it's not the lightest bike in the world (mainly because of the steel fork) but rides and handles like a dream. Shot from this past weekend.

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Check out Black Mountain Cycles road frameset. Uses 47/57 calipers and clears 32mm tires with ease. One of best bikes I've owned.

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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
That's what I'm using now. I'd like shorter chainstays and a normal amount of Bottom Bracket drop found on road bikes. Plus my Cyclocross bikes have cantilever brakes for mud clearance, this bike won't be in deep mud.
Specialized Crux has the same BB drop as a Tarmac and disc brakes. Chainstay length is 20mm longer to accommodate bigger tires. If you want bigger tires you have no choice but to have a longer chainstay length than a traditional race bike.
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
I'll second that - perfect for rural farm roads; I run 700x28s on mine but you can definitely go bigger up to 33.
Can't say enough about these frames, it's not the lightest bike in the world (mainly because of the steel fork) but rides and handles like a dream. Shot from this past weekend.
Another vote for Black Mountain Cycles. Agree with all of the above. My favorite of all the bikes I've owned. I put on a lot of miles over the holiday weekend with a new set of Schwalbe One 700x28 clinchers. Rolls fast, rides nice.

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Pretty much all the disc endurance bikes sold today will take that size. Current Roubaix is probably the snappiest endurance bike. It's like a Tarmac on a pillow.
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Originally Posted by FrontRanger View Post
Check out Black Mountain Cycles road frameset. Uses 47/57 calipers and clears 32mm tires with ease. One of best bikes I've owned.
This looks like a really good option. The Eddy Merckx Molteni orange and blue color has a nice retro vibe and the 60cm would fit perfectly. I have a silver 105 11-speed drivetrain I could throw on it.
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What's nice about these bikes, it still feels fast like a road bike should on the pavement when you're cruising along in the drops, and even climbs pretty well, but when you hit the dirt it kinda transforms into an ATB-really stable, without any fishtailing etc.
If you decide to go for it, Mike Varley the owner of BMC is really nice and helpful if you have any questions. Good luck!

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This looks like a really good option. The Eddy Merckx Molteni orange and blue color bas a nice retro vibe and the 60cm would fit perfectly. I have a silver 105 11-speed drivetrain I could throw on it.
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If all else fails, the current Roubaix/Ruby is basically a Tarmac that takes 32s and feels like the road is always smooth. Mine tackles rough gravel with aplomb; it's a weird experience, really. The tire noise says gravel, but the bike says "meh".
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I think Raleigh Merit's would, I'm really liking the Raleigh Merit 3 which is equipped with 700x28c tires
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Originally Posted by zoom26 View Post
I think Raleigh Merit's would, I'm really liking the Raleigh Merit 3 which is equipped with 700x28c tires
Hi Zoom,

Great recommendation! This review says a 700x32 will fit: http://www.velonews.com/2016/06/bike...t-elite_400132 .

Raleigh offers a lot of bike for the money.
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Slightly on topic... I have a frame that'll easily clear a 30c, but before I get some, anyone know if these (the Schwalbe's OP mentioned) will fit through an older style Campy caliper?
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Slightly on topic... I have a frame that'll easily clear a 30c, but before I get some, anyone know if these (the Schwalbe's OP mentioned) will fit through an older style Campy caliper?
How much older? Pre-skeleton brake? What about the fork?

Also very much depends on the rim internal width, as that alters the profile of the tire.
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How much older? Pre-skeleton brake? What about the fork?

Also very much depends on the rim internal width, as that alters the profile of the tire.
2011, so I believe they are skeleton. The fork is a custom steel one, and the pads sit pretty far down the arm, so there is a lot of room up top. Internal width... they will be HED Belgiums (not Belgium + as far as I know, waiting on the wheels to ship from an eBay seller).
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Trek Domane. Some versions come stock with 700x32 with room for even larger...
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
I'm considering a road bike with either caliper or disc brakes that will easily fit a 700x30. I'd like to use the 700x30 Schwalbe G One Speed, these measure about 31mm wide on a Velocity A23 rim. I know dozens of road bikes can accept a 700x28, but I'm planning on using the bike on rural farm roads, including firm gravel and 28mm are not always wide or plush enough. I'd like to have the responsive and performance of a road bike and don't want the slack geometry or heavier feel of a gravel bike.

What comes to mind?
If you're up for used options, Lemond Buenos Aires. Mine is a 2001.

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
If you're up for used options, Lemond Buenos Aires. Mine is a 2001.

Interesting! Does the 2001 feature a carbon fiber fork or steel fork? What is the make and model of the largest tire are you have used?
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