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Tire recommendations 700x28???(5 posts)

Tire recommendations 700x28???Matno
Jun 6, 2002 9:08 AM
Anyone know of any good tires in this size? It's the size I currently have, but I just switched from silver rims to black and now my skin sidewalls look ridiculous for some reason. The tires are 7 years old anyway, and pretty heavy, so it's time for a replacement. (Continental Grand Sport wire bead). Any ideas for an all black tire? How bout in red? (The bike is red and black). I thought about going smaller, but I ruined my last set of wheels by hitting potholes, which seems like just about all there is around here (no smooth roads).

Incidentally, I think I made a mistake spending the extra $10 for black rims (MA3's). I was in the process of switching my bike from red/white to red/black and thought it would look better, but the old ones definitely looked cooler. Too late now... :( Maybe it was the semi-aero shape of the older rims that looked cool. Live and learn...
Hmmm, Panaracer Paselas?jw25
Jun 7, 2002 7:07 AM
I believe they come in black sidewalls, but I'm not sure how their 28's compare to Contis.
There's probably good deals out on Vittoria Couriers, and I know they come in big sizes with black sides. I grabbed a near-new pair of 32's in black/grey at a swap, but it seems my frame and fork won't take them. So, I can't speak for their durability, but the tread is fairly thick, the sidewalls are flexible, and they aren't too heavy with a wire bead.
I'd try www.qbike.com for more ideas, and check the reviews here.
For the rims, the MA3 is pretty underwhelming, but they're reliable and strong. I bet the color grows on you - I like black rims, but they do show the dust...
All kinds of questions...Matno
Jun 8, 2002 9:45 PM
You're right about the MA3's, but that's exactly what fit my budget and I need reliable and strong (I'm glad they fit the bill). Plus, they're noticeably lighter than my old rims. (Early 90's Weinmans). I think my overall visual impression of the rims has more to do with the box shape vs. semi-aero. Box rims just look a bit wimpy. Too late, no big deal. I do love black...

I've been wondering about tire sizes that don't fit the frame. How can there be much difference between different frames since the brake design is the real limiting factor and is pretty much universal among road bikes?! I've got Shimano 600 brakes on my bike and the pads are all the way at the end of their adjustibility, so the frame really couldn't support a brake mount any farther from the tire. How could any other road bike be different without cantilever brakes?

I think I have about 3-4mm of clearance in the rear (similar in the front) with my Conti 700x28's, but I don't really know how that translates to different tire sizes (and of course every brand is probably different).

What I want is a lightweight tire that will protect my rims at all cost without a stiff ride (I'm all about comfort, THAT kind of "efficiency" I can do without). Well, not at all cost, I don't want to go heavy. (300g max).

It must be late. I'm rambling. I'll check out the Paselas.
Specialized ArmadilloCrankist
Jun 7, 2002 7:36 AM
Tough as hell, not very compliant tire is avaiable in 28. Ugly reddish sidewall, and a bit of a pain in the ass to install. (Was that for a recommendation? oh well)
Mike
re: Tire recommendations 700x28???KEN2
Jun 7, 2002 9:22 AM
Specialized Nimbus is your tire. Use them on my commuter, they are all black and reasonably priced--you can get them @ Specialized's wegsite.