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Fat Tire Road Bikes ----Love'um or Hate'um ?

Old 06-15-14, 06:49 PM
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Fat Tire Road Bikes ----Love'um or Hate'um ?

You can pound the pavement one day then grind the gravel the next ! The craze is happ'n now guys & gals ! Bash'um or Post'um , ( 700x30mm or bigger please )
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Old 06-15-14, 06:54 PM
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What is that?
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Old 06-15-14, 06:58 PM
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A gravel road/monster cross bike. They usually come stock with 38 mm tires but you can go up to 45 mm sans fenders.

A traditional road bike will take up to 30 mm tires but its a tight squeeze.

Most of them will take fenders, too. My fat tire road bike takes 35 mm tires with fenders. Love the ride.
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Not mine but a Perfect example :
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Originally Posted by texastwister View Post
Not mine but a Perfect example :
Is that a Cross Check? Its a great all-rounder. Surly's new Straggler is worth considering if you like a Cross Check with disk brakes.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Is that a Cross Check? Its a great all-rounder. Surly's new Straggler is worth considering if you like a Cross Check with disk brakes.
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Old 06-15-14, 08:22 PM
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set of touring brakes and My Roubaix fits a 32c Trigger Tire from spec. Its awesome
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My Soma ES. Full fledged road bike. Not a cross bike. I always run 32's from Grand Bois on it. Rides very smooth and surprisingly fast.

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I run 28mm tires on 25mm rims, which plumps the tires out to 30.5mm. Hardly monstercross territory, but way more comfort and traction than 23mm tires on 19mm rims.
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Agreed. Wider tires make a difference on potholed roads and cobblestoned streets.

Narrow tires are best left to pro racers who need every possible speed advantage. The rest of us need comfort.
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Agreed. Wider tires make a difference on potholed roads and cobblestoned streets.

Narrow tires are best left to pro racers who need every possible speed advantage. The rest of us need comfort.
I couldn't agree more. I have two bikes (one road, one mountain) and I tend to prefer my mountain bike because it's a lot more comfortable on roads that are littered with pot holes, tree roots, and broken pavement. I still love my road bike though but as I get older I notice the harshness of the ride more and more.
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I've used 700x37,32 and 28 on the road and I'm fine with 700x23 properly inflated and 25s at the most. My bikes feel slow and heavy with anything bigger and I manage to avoid flats and ride comfortably on skinny tires
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I'm a Clyde and more of an endurance rider than a racer. I like the feel of 28mm tires on a road bike but am just fine on 25s. I've tried 23s and am not a fan. To each their own but for a bike that is strictly "road" I wouldn't use anything wider than 28mm unless it was for touring with a load. Just my opinion and I don't knock anyone for narrower or wider choices.

Now for mixed surfaces, I'm all in favor of 32-35mm tires, and for mostly gravel and single track I'll go for 40+mm on my gravel mutt.
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My Roam 2 as 700 x 40 tires and my kidneys are tankful for them on nearly every ride. To much gravel and dirt on the rods and MUPs too.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
I've used 700x37,32 and 28 on the road and I'm fine with 700x23 properly inflated and 25s at the most. My bikes feel slow and heavy with anything bigger and I manage to avoid flats and ride comfortably on skinny tires

How much do you weigh?
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