25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

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25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby ForumNewbie » Sun Feb 10, 2013 16:43 pm

To make my Cube road bike better protected from punctures, especially at this time of year, I was thinking of putting a 25mm Continental Gatorskin tyre on the back (as more of my weight on the back) but leaving a 23mm Schwalbe Ultremo tyre on the front. I like Gatorskins as they offer better puncture protection, although as the Ultremos currently on the bike are still good tyres I was thinking I'll just leave the front one as it is for now.

Just wondering if others have found any benefit from having a heavier, better protected back tyre, or whether it is best to stick to same tyre sizes on back and front?

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby blackhands » Sun Feb 10, 2013 16:51 pm

I find it makes no difference _ I've got back wheels with both 23 and 25 mm tyres and I can't tell the difference. I would never use Gatorskins though, Schwalbe Durano Plus every time for training during the winter and Vittoria Pave in the summer.

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby smidsy » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:01 pm

IME Gatorskins are excellent.

They are what I am riding and they have yet to let me down in two winters (which of course they now will).
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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby skyd0g » Sun Feb 10, 2013 23:06 pm

there's no problem mixing tyre sizes - Continental do it on their Attack/Force combo.
http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20gp%20attack%20force.shtml

...kinda makes sense, as the rear bears more weight.
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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby exlaser » Sun Feb 10, 2013 23:45 pm

blackhands wrote:I find it makes no difference _ I've got back wheels with both 23 and 25 mm tyres and I can't tell the difference. I would never use Gatorskins though, Schwalbe Durano Plus every time for training during the winter and Vittoria Pave in the summer.


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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby cyclingfury » Mon Feb 11, 2013 00:11 am

I use 23 front and 25 rear on my best bike all the time, and have done for many years. I like the fact I can run the 25 at a lower PSI as it does increase comfort. (I'd use a 25 on the front too, but there's insufficient clearance).
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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby markos1963 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 03:04 am

I use 25mm on the front and 28mm on the back, both Gatorskins. I find it makes for a comfortable secure ride in poor weather. The smaller front tyre keeps steering lively enough and the larger rear gives a nice cushioned ride.

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby ILM Zero7 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 08:45 am

cyclingfury wrote:I use 23 front and 25 rear on my best bike all the time, and have done for many years. I like the fact I can run the 25 at a lower PSI as it does increase comfort. (I'd use a 25 on the front too, but there's insufficient clearance).

I have this set up, but the 25mm back does always feel a bit squishy. I will be swapping it over to a 23mm when the time is up
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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby careful » Mon Feb 11, 2013 15:06 pm

Given the different weight distribution front/rear it sems to make sense. I have been doing it for a few years now, and for this winter I fitted Durano Plus on the rear and Durano on the front. The Durano Plus is a lot heavier and a harder ride but worth it if you especially hate rear tyre punctures in the cold/wet. Not one puncture since I fitted them (so far )!!!

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby DesB3rd » Mon Feb 11, 2013 15:21 pm

My original road bike (Giant SCR2) came with a 28mm Armadillo on the back and and 23mm Gatorskin on the front; my housemates kept referring to it as "the dragster" so I bought another 23mm Gator and put that on the back.

East London roads ate the rear Gatorskin in short order (it was ribbons after a couple of months commuting) so it was back to the big ol' 28mm. The front was fine so it was a surprise just how much worse rear tire wear was...

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby nolight » Sat Feb 16, 2013 00:54 am

My concern is you may get bottlenecked by the cheaper tire.

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby g00se » Sat Feb 16, 2013 07:36 am

Try it. Those asymmetric combinations you can buy as pairs have lighter, stickier fronts and more heavy duty rears.

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby ekimdoow » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:29 am

I've recently started running continental 4 seasons 23 front 25 rear, haven't noticed a great deal of difference apart from 25 rubs on crud road racers a bit more.

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Re: 25mm tyre on back and 23mm on front?

Postby ForumNewbie » Mon Feb 18, 2013 20:19 pm

Thanks for the replies. I've now put a 25mm gatorskin on the back, so I'll see how it goes.


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