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Old 04-28-09, 07:43 AM
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Another tire question

My bike came with 700x 28s (standard bontragers). I need to replace them & am thinking of going to 25s. Will it make a difference in performance? Is the tradeoff in comfort worth it? The LBS has a pair of IRC Redstorms 700 x 25s someone ordered but didn't pick up. He'll sell them to me cheap. Are they better than the Bontragers?

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Better performance YES
if the tire is lighter you will be able to accelerate quicker
Better then Bontragers YES

You may not notice the comfort if you buy a better quality tire or a Open tubular.
Check out PBK you may find a high quality 25 cheaper than what the LBS is offering for that tire. I have never used that tire BTW.
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I suggest going to a tire that is just slightly smaller, but better.

Here's why, it will still be lighter and faster, but you will also get the nice ride
from the lower pressure. Some examples are the Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy 27c (or Roly Poly), the Conti Grand Prix 4 Season 28c with Vectran. The Conti tires will really only be about 26c and may weigh as much as a half pound less then the ones you have now. Plus, they are a performance tire, they will be faster.

I used the Ruffy Tuffys for 4 or 5 years and loved them.
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