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Agonizing over tire size: is 32mm hilariously thin in 2021?

Old 04-11-21, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
”Fast” can thus either be an objective, measurable quality or a subjective ”feeling” of going fast.

When on tour, I have no deadlines that would be affected by objectively going minutely faster (compared to say winning a race) on wider tires, but may constantly have the joy of going ”fast” on high pressure thinner tires.

Miles vary on this of course, and we hopefully all find our sweet spot.
For me at the moment it’s 32mm Gator Hardshells at 7 bar. I love the puncture protection, the feeling of going fast, and their sound of their buzz on the road
well, what I can say is that not having the buzz and harshness of either an overly inflated tire, or a thinner tire on rough pavement / chipseal/ lots of potholes etc , really does translate into less energy being transmitted to your body, and you'll be fresher / less sore/tired and faster at the end of the day.

I used to feel the same as you, but gradually have reduced my pressures in all kinds of riding and will not go back to overly high pressures again.
7 bar is 100psi, which for me, would be way to high for 32's, even loaded. But I'm only 62/63kgs, so of course a riders weight is a factor.
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Old 04-11-21, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
maybe she's only humoring me long enough to have my moment in the sun, then she'll mercilessly drop the hammer and really leave me in the dust.
So I'm not the only one married to such an angel of (no) mercy.
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Old 04-12-21, 03:55 AM
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I tend to go narrower over the years. started with 2.0, then 1.75, 1.6 and now for the latest build i have 1.4 which is as narrow as I would go since there is noticeable comfort loss for me. But it depends entirely on the riders personal preferences.
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Old 04-17-21, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by adam.schwartz4 View Post
TiHabanero THIS is very helpful. The fact that I'm upgrading from the heaviest tires known to the touring world (Marathon Plus) means I should be able to strike a unique balance between supple/faster and an increase in width for greater load capacity and stability. I am guilty of overloading for tours, so I can probably do better in the weight department.

What tires are your preference?
What is missing from your thread is your load on the tire and road conditions for intended use. If you are heavy on a heavily loaded bike needing max puncture protection a bigger heavier slower Marathon Plus might be more comfortable. If your load is high and road rough some nice riding Marathon Supremes with greater chance of sidewall damage might be acceptable. If most of your riding is unloaded but your tires ready for the heavy tour why not have two sets of tires for different uses? So it isn’t just tire width but tire type, 32 mm might be perfect and you don’t necessarily need a fatter tire. My $.02 is you’re missing out on nicer riding tires not wider tires. Another thing is that you don’t need a super heavy front tire when the rear tire is the one that gets most of the abuse.
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Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
.... If most of your riding is unloaded but your tires ready for the heavy tour why not have two sets of tires for different uses? ....
Good point, the tires I tour on are rarely used for riding around near home.
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Originally Posted by mark d View Post
My bike came with 25mm tires originally. Do you think 32 mm would fit on the same rims ?

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For sure.
A 32mm can be safely mounted to old 13mm internal narrow rims, so any rims with more modern widths can easily handle a 32mm tire.

On 3 road bikes I have the same rim model and it currently holds 25mm, 28mm, and 32mm tires.
it used to hold 40mm tires.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
For sure.
A 32mm can be safely mounted to old 13mm internal narrow rims, so any rims with more modern widths can easily handle a 32mm tire.

On 3 road bikes I have the same rim model and it currently holds 25mm, 28mm, and 32mm tires.
it used to hold 40mm tires.
Thanks mstateglfr
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Old 04-18-21, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
For sure.
A 32mm can be safely mounted to old 13mm internal narrow rims, so any rims with more modern widths can easily handle a 32mm tire.

On 3 road bikes I have the same rim model and it currently holds 25mm, 28mm, and 32mm tires.
it used to hold 40mm tires.
hey mst, would you recall the inner width of your rim, I'm just curious. What rim is it.
thanks
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
hey mst, would you recall the inner width of your rim, I'm just curious. What rim is it.
thanks
17.5mm internal H plus Son Archetype.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
17.5mm internal H plus Son Archetype.
thanks, similar to a set of my rims that I have the 2inch Supremes on and have been faultless with these tires on, even heavily loaded.
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Correction!

Originally Posted by BobG View Post
I gave Jan Heine's 700x44 Rene Herse "Snoqualmie Pass" tires a try last summer. They rode wonderfully on both paved and gravel roads but I found the smooth tread versions were just too paper thin. I had three flat tires from mid June-November...
Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
How many miles would you estimate you had on them?
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Pete, I would guess about 1200 miles.
I miscalculated mileage earlier. Probably closer to 3000 miles on the worn Snoqualmie Pass tire pictured at post 71 above. Not bad mileage after all for a tire installed late June of 2020!

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Old 04-23-21, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by BobG View Post
I miscalculated mileage earlier. Probably closer to 3000 miles on the worn Snoqualmie Pass tire pictured at post 71 above. Not bad mileage after all for a tire installed late June of 2020!
Thanks for the correction.
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