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Winter tires for 700 X 28?

Old 01-23-12, 12:42 PM
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Winter tires for 700 X 28?

I'm starting to commute during a Michigan winter. My tires are 700 X 28 and the local bike shop said there aren't any options for tires with a little more tread than what I'm using. (Not sure what they are, but they don't have a lot). There isn't enough clearance to allow for a tire with a LOT of tread, much less studs. Any ideas? I see that tires in size 700 X 28 are manufactured with more tread on them, but don't know if they will work for me. (I'm not encountering a lot of snow and ice, but some!) Thanks
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What bike do you have? What tire do you have now? You might be able to install a 700x30 or 32, that gives you a far better choice of tires.
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Might need another bike. I don't know if it's lack of demand, or the difficulty of manufacturing really skinny studded tires, but I don't know of any options under 700x32.
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One of the best " non-winter" tires out there are Schwalbe CX Pro, they come in a 700x30 size. They are made for cx racing and they have a very good grip in snow, those tires are very narrow and will fit a lot of road bikes or fixie frames. I have them and I have tried them on snowy roads and they grip almost as well as my winter tires. I still prefer studded tires in winter because of ice... but if you don't want to run studs I reccommend the schwalbe cx pro's, with lower pressure you could even ride them over ice if you are careful.
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I would assume the tire makers simply can't make a studded tire that narrow, because the studs would fall out due to the curvature.

either that, or they assume no one is crazy enough to use road bikes with studded tires. Minimum, CX or touring bike.

I think, if pursuaded enough, conti could make these in 700x28
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Yeah, for whatever reason they don't make studded tires smaller than 32c.

The smallest I know of is the very lightly studded Nokian a10. I don't recommend them for regular snow and ice (I live in Minnesota), but if you only get some they might work - though obviously, only if they fit on your bike.

Search for the title "700c Nokian A10" on this page -

He has pics measuring the actual size of the tire, might be able to figure out if it would fit or not (it's 32c).
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Winter Tires 700 X 28

I have a Cannondale 400. I don't have to have studs, but a tire with more tread would be great. There isn't a lot of clearance on either side of the tire.
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Take a look at Panaracer Pasela Road Tire, Panaracer Pasela GT Road Tire or even the Nashbar Comfort Road Tire on Nashbar. The Nashbar Comfort Road Tire is listed as 700x32 but people say it's more like 28.
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