Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

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Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby rodgers73 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 22:15 pm

I've just got a Boardman Hybrid Comp with the intention of doing cyclocross. There's plenty of clearance for wider tyres but I'm not sure of two things -

1. What sort of width tyre can fit on standard 700c road tyres?

2. What size is an ideal all round size tyre for a full season of cyclocross? I don't want to have to buy several sets to cover changing conditions.

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Re: Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby cougie » Sun Dec 02, 2012 00:24 am

1. http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_info/ ... nsions#rim

I think your rims are 17mm so thats 25mm to 50mm - frame permitting.

2. Dunno sorry.

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Re: Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby bendertherobot » Sun Dec 02, 2012 08:34 am

Why did you buy a hybrid for cyclocross?
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Re: Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:04 pm

Because I cant afford a proper cross bike and I can use this for other sorts of riding too.

Any advice re the tyres and wheels?

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Re: Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby bendertherobot » Sun Dec 02, 2012 13:34 pm

This would be better for riding generally

http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/b ... -bike.html

Sheldon reckons that a 17mm inner width is good for 25c to 37c.

http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

As to what tyres, that's a tricky one, there's plenty to speak of:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cyclocross-tyres/

If muddy, some better than others. But, if you're going to use the bike for multiple purposes something like the Sammy Slick might be good (i.e. if you're on road more than off it) but if you want serious off road then something more mud orientated.

There's probably not one "all round" tyre for cross and (say) commuting.
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Re: Cyclocross - what size tyres can I fit on ordinary 700c?

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Dec 03, 2012 07:46 am

A commuting or hybrid tyre is made for durability and puncture resistance whereas a CX tyre often has no puncture protection and has a very flexible carcass - there's few tyres that do both well. I'd suggest something like a Schwalbe Smart Sam if you can only afford one tyre, but if it gets really muddy you might find it wanting. I wouldn't worry about tyre width, it only really applies to elite-level races, so go for a 35mm or 38mm width.
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