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Specialized Robaix Expert and Tire Clearance Issues

Old 09-30-08, 03:48 AM
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Specialized Robaix Expert and Tire Clearance Issues

Just getting back to biking.....would appreciate your recommendations.
I will be picking up a Robaix Expert in the next few weeks, and want to swap out the tires that come with the bike.

I am 220 lbs., and will be putting on a lot of mileage for exercise.......no racing.
After looking at a bunch of tire reviews, I am looking at a Vittoria Rubino ProTech, Schwalbe Marathon, MIchelin Krylon Carbon, and possibly the Conti GP 4000.

I would appreciate any other suggestions, though am more curious about the following:

I have read some threads about stock tire issues with the Robaix Expert, and some issues regarding clearance issues with brakes. For those who are riding the Expert with 700 x 25c tires, are you having any problems with adequate clearance?

How large a tire can you ride on this bike.....28s?
MANY thanks!
Bob
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Old 09-30-08, 06:31 AM
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I have a 07 Roubaix Expert with 23 tires. When I purchased it last year I weighed 210 and am now at 188. I think you could put a 25 tires on it and release the brake lever to remove the wheel. I filed down the lawer tabs on the front and don't have to release the lever to remove the wheel/ tire with 23's so there is extra room for a 25. Why do you want to ride larger tires on a race capable bike?
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Old 09-30-08, 08:29 AM
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I am 220 and have an 08 Expert. I swapped out the stock tires for Michelin Lithiuns (sp?) in 23. Never had a flat until the last 2 weeks when I have had three, but two were attributable to crap in the road. I had about 2000 miles on the tires and had to replace the rear because of a big cut.

I am thinking about putting a 25 on my rear only for winter riding. Shouldn't have any clearance issues.
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Old 09-30-08, 10:45 AM
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>I have read some threads about stock tire issues with the Robaix Expert,<

What are these issues? And do you want to swap out the tires that come with the bike?
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