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700X28 on a 1992 Trek 2300 Pro?

Old 06-17-11, 09:10 PM
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700X28 on a 1992 Trek 2300 Pro?

I just bought a Trek 2300. I'm pretty sure it's a 92 (photo below). It seems like a really cool bike! But - I took it out for a 10 mile first ride and managed to get a flat the first time out. LBS where I bought it (used) said it appeared to have been caused by a thorn.

They suggested tougher tires (they're a Trek shop, so they recommend Bonnies, natch). A friend of mine suggested Panaracers - and also switching from the 700X23 tires currently on the bike to either 700X25, or better yet he said 700X28 for durability and flat protection. Only trouble is, I don't know whether that frame will accommodate 700X28 tires.

Does anyone here know?

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Well, the photo wouldn't attach... Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=143821969020807
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Panaracer Paselas are a good choice--I've used them almost exclusively for four or five years and like 'em.
As for the fit, if there's a LOT of room, you can probably eyeball it. Bikes from that era were heavily race-influenced, though (for marketing purposes--they didn't suit the needs of most riders), and one of the drawbacks was that there wasn't much room between the forks or under the brakes for large tires.
Why not ask at a bike shop? Tell them you want to know if the tires will fit, and if they do, you'll buy them. You may pay a few dollars more than ordering on the net, but you won't have to pay shipping and you'll have the tires that day.
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I don't think fatter tires will necessarily be any tougher. My friend just put on two 28mm specialized armadillo tires because he was all stoked for flat-prevention durable tires, but then the same day he ran over a nail in the front and flatted again in the rear on the way home. Avoiding piles of debris and having good luck is the best way to prevent flats. Plus, skinny tires are more fun to ride on, imo.
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Thanks, Velo Dog and max5480!

The reason I posted on here instead of just going to a bike shop was that I was on the road without the bike and wanted to have the tires waiting for me when I got back...but instead I called the shop where I bought the bike (and had the flat repaired). Old friends! They told me the bike might be able to handle 700x28...but just as you advised, max5480, they suggested 700x25 anyway (for speed and easier installation). I do want something tougher, because the Contis which came with the bike are paper thin.

I thought I had been careful on my ride, but part of it was on a MUP with some recent storm debris...apparently including at least one thorn.

So, I'll keep being careful - and I'll give myself a little insurance with a set of 700x25 Panaracers. Thanks again!
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