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Does anyone ride 700x19 tires these days?

Old 03-15-21, 11:11 PM
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Does anyone ride 700x19 tires these days?

It seems like 25 mm is now the smallest tire size I see most people using. Does anyone even use 700x23 tires? Any benefits of using such thin tires with all the focus on lower pressures these days?
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Old 03-15-21, 11:55 PM
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If you're riding on nice roads, a 23 on the front can be fine, and probably gets most aero rims more aero - the rim should be at least 105% of the tyre width to perform well in crosswinds.

But 19s, nah - 19s have pretty much always been for the track, rocking like 160psi. That'll rattle your teeth out on the road.
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Old 03-16-21, 07:33 AM
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Track racers still do.
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I do not think you can even purchase 19mm tires anymore, at least I haven't noticed that as an option whenever I shop for tires. I've 22mm tubulars on a set of carbon wheels. They are okay at around 110 psi. I wouldn't do more than 100 km on them, though.
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I don't see why anyone would want to, unless you're on the track. I'll be running 25mm up front on my deep wheels, they'll measure out to a lil over 28mm and be a good aero fit for the 30mm wide rim. Speed and comfort, why compromise?
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Back in the late 70's I had a pair of Michelin tires that were 19mm. It was a short lived experience. The first ride the front tire blew out when I went over and expansion seam on the downhill side of a bridge. The side wall blew out and I was fortunate enough to get stopped without a bad incident. I walked a couple of miles to a bike shop and replaced both tires at that point. No more 19 mm for me. These days, I am mostly riding 25 or 28mm tires, with 25 only on the 2 bikes that I own that will not fit 28s. I find a big difference it the feel of the ride between 25 and 28.
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Old 03-16-21, 10:09 AM
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I still ride conti pg 5000 in 23 they are fine. My rims are 23 mm so I run the psi at 95-100 rear and 90 front. They are fine no issues but I don't get off the hard pavement for sure.
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All my tires are 700x23. Good mix of CRR, aero, and weight.
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I still run 23F and 25R. Agree that 19mm belongs on the track, certainly not on the road.
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thought i was the only nutter rocking 23s that hadnt drunk the 28s kool-aid.
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I bet the guys with vintage bikes still do.
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I still run them on a couple older bikes, a track bike and one of my three commuters.
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I've transitioned to 25 on all my vintage bikes and 28 on 1 modern and 1 touring bike . I do have a set of tubulars (22mm) I run on a vintage bike , on occasion , but not too far from home . KB
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I bet the guys with vintage bikes still do.
Which guys on which vintage bikes?

The tires on my '83 Miyata 710 measure about 26mm, and I could go considerably larger without difficulty.



My '79 Fuji America is currently wearing 28s underneath full-length fenders.



And then there's the 2.1" slicks on my allroad bike, whose frameset was made in 1984. But I might be cheating a bit with this one.

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My Cannondale Criterium came with 20s, it was the first time Id ridden anything that skinny since the 90s. I did not like the feeling of every bump in the road, and went back to 23s, 25 on my commuter
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I still run 23F and 25R.
Yep, if your roads are okay enough not to smash a front 23, no reason not to run one IMO. 25 rear definitely makes a lot of sense too, been advocating this combo since 25s became readily available.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
thought i was the only nutter rocking 23s that hadnt drunk the 28s kool-aid.
I keep meaning to switch over to 25's, but every time I see the 23mm option on sale dirt cheap and go for those instead.
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I have an older TT frame that won't fit anything larger than 23mm. It's the only reason I still keep those around. I do have some 20mm tires I inherited from a wheelset I got from an older guy, but those are museum pieces, honestly.
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Sure, but only at 170psi:
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I have a pair of continental 700x20C pair tires Sport 1000 in my stock but not planning to ride, rather use for a display,
Most of my rides are 23 or 25 and several decades vintage.

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Sure, but only at 170psi:
And it goes off like a cannon when you discover the rim isn't rated for higher then 140psi. I learned about rim ratings the hard way, was riding to Fort Ontario to watch the noon reenactment and as it got in sight I thought I was early from the sound of a cannon, 1/2 second later I discovered it was my rear wheel. Tire was still good but the rim was blown open.

Haven't run 19c in 20 years when I decided it was a stupidly uncomfortable ride and pinched too easily on upstate NY roads. still like my 23
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Ask in the classic/vintage bike section. They still use them.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Which guys on which vintage bikes?

The tires on my '83 Miyata 710 measure about 26mm, and I could go considerably larger without difficulty.

My '79 Fuji America is currently wearing 28s underneath full-length fenders.

And then there's the 2.1" slicks on my allroad bike, whose frameset was made in 1984. But I might be cheating a bit with this one.
Whoa, more photos of these?
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Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev View Post
Whoa, more photos of these?




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very nice!!
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