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700x28 on my Lemond (w/ pics)

Old 08-25-10, 05:51 PM
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700x28 on my Lemond (w/ pics)

I started a thread a while back asking if anyone thought 700x28 tires would fit on a new(er) road bike. I never got a definitive answer, but eventually decided to pull the trigger and find out. I went with the Continental 4Seasons and am happy to report that they fit without a problem. Very minimal rub to get past the break pads, but other than that, there seems to be plenty of room for them. Just thought I would post an update in case anyone else was thinking of running 28s on a similar bike.
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Old 08-25-10, 06:30 PM
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Thanks for sharing. I am probably going to do 700 x 25 for the upcoming rainy season for better handling so it is good to know that 700 x 28 could be an option as well.
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Old 08-25-10, 06:38 PM
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Your brakes should be adjusted so that the quick release lever is down instead of up... Otherwise it may be hard to get the wheel off.
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I had 25's on my newer Lemond Zurich and they rubbed the chainstays when I was climbing out of the saddle. I went back to 23's. I'm amazed that you got a set of 28's on that thing.
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I've heard those tires actually measure 26mm, thinking of trying them out on my road bike.
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Old 08-25-10, 09:30 PM
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cool. now go ride some dirt.
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If you have calpiers, I'm curious to hear how wide they actually are and what wheels's they're mounted on.
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Just curious what kind of riding conditions made you go with 28s
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When you begin to see threads coming off the sidewalls of the tire, don't worry about it.
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Originally Posted by paste_me View Post
Just curious what kind of riding conditions made you go with 28s
I primarily ride around NYC and the NJ palisades. A lot of the roads here are pretty rough and construction goes on continuously so its difficult to choose a reliably smooth route. I wanted to go with something that would ride on a little less pressure and smooth out the bumps. I'm hoping to try them out this afternoon (along with a few other new toys) so I'll let you know how they feel. I have them inflated to 80psi now.
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
I've heard those tires actually measure 26mm, thinking of trying them out on my road bike.
I wouldn't be surprised given the ease with which they slide past the brakes. I heard the Conti's ran small and figured a small 28 would be about right for the speed vs. comfort balance I was looking for.
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there really is a comical variation in the size of tires vs what they are labeled as. good to hear yours fit though.

amen about the roads being bad this year around the NYC metro area, seems like a lot of the roads never recovered from the harsh winter we had.
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there really is a comical variation in the size of tires vs what they are labeled as. good to hear yours fit though.

amen about the roads being bad this year around the NYC metro area, seems like a lot of the roads never recovered from the harsh winter we had.
with some of the roads i encounter, i feel i should be on a cross bike sometimes.

OP -- your brake QR is open in the pic showing the clearance, have you had any clearance issues at all? i don't know for sure, but i believe ultegra brakes have a recommended max clearance for size 28 tires, but from the looks of it, it seems like you could step it up a size bigger. what do you think?
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i also have conti 4 seasons and i have measured them and they do run small. my 28s are 26mm wide.
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Originally Posted by a_phat_beat View Post
with some of the roads i encounter, i feel i should be on a cross bike sometimes.

OP -- your brake QR is open in the pic showing the clearance, have you had any clearance issues at all? i don't know for sure, but i believe ultegra brakes have a recommended max clearance for size 28 tires, but from the looks of it, it seems like you could step it up a size bigger. what do you think?
Thanks for all the posts about the QR. It was left up from the install yesterday, but is now back in the down position.

I think you're right about stepping it up a size. That was my first thought when I dropped these in. I went for a ride today though and I think I will stick with the (alleged) 28's. They were plenty fast and much more comfortable at 80psi vs. the 110psi on my old 23's.

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Thanks for sharing. I am building up a Tricross frame for road/light touring and plan on using the GP 4 Season 28 tires. Glad to hear they roll nicely and are comfortable. My bike will be my comfort setup and I think the 28 on Open Pro rims should be a good compromise between road and cyclocross/touring tires.

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You are good to go with 30c Marathon Racer.

Good all around tire.
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