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Biggest tires?(4 posts)

Biggest tires?Matno
May 20, 2002 4:43 PM
What is the biggest tire size that will fit a standard road frame? The brakes (single pivot Shimano 600) seem to be the only limiting factor. I've got 700x28 Continentals on there now, but would like to try something a bit bigger for touring (and a slightly softer ride). Anyone have any experience with this issue? My rear tire (the tighter fit) currently has about 5mm of clearance.

Specific brand recommendations would be nice too since I'm new to road tires. Thanks.
re: Biggest tires?Alpedhuez55
May 20, 2002 5:52 PM
It is different for each bike. I had a bike that barely fit a 25. A 28 would rub against the seat tube. I have had good luck with vittoria tires. The continentals are also great. I like the top touring for a big durable road tire.
Rivendell rolly polly'slancezneighbor
May 20, 2002 7:35 PM
These tires seem real interesting here is a link:
Roly Polys are neat, but a cheaper alternative...cory
May 20, 2002 8:14 PM
I don't have a bike with those brakes anymore, but when I was trying to cram the biggest tires in there that I could, I found a MUCH cheaper tire I really like. Panaracer Paselas in 35mm (true width 30.5mm on my wheels) just barely touched, but the 32s (a true 25+) fit fine. They're less than half the price of the Roly Polys (which I'm sure are great tires--I love everything I ever bought from Rivendell), which I think Grant says measure 27mm. I'm using the 35s on my Atlantis most of the time now--they're tough, smooth and pretty light for their size.