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CX tires for track bike?(4 posts)

CX tires for track bike?DmofoT
Jul 30, 2003 12:57 PM
Has anyone tried putting cross tires on a track bike? Specifically the Bianchi Pista? I was thinking of throwing on my Titec 118 handlebar and some cross tires to try and see how I like it, but thinking there might not be enough tire clearance for anything other than road tires. Any suggestions? Other than I should have gotten an Il Pompino...

Here are some pics of the bike, you can see the tire clearance in some of them :: http://www.fatboydeluxe.com/~david/bike/bikes/bianchi/ :: thanks!

DT
maybe vittoria's?Jakob
Jul 30, 2003 2:53 PM
these might work:

http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=Tigre+Tire&vendorCode=VITT&major=8&minor=2

they're pretty skinny. i have a pair you could try if you're in the norcal area. a word of caution with those tires, though. they have considerably less traction than a lot of other cx tires. they are terrible in dusty conditions. well, maybe not terrible, exactly. they did force me to get comfortable with the two-wheel drift...
Second thattriangleforge
Jul 31, 2003 5:05 AM
I've gone through the last two or three winters with Vittoria Mastercross tires on my fixed gear. They fit -- just barely -- under the fork crown (a fairly low-clearance Fondriest aluminum fork). Like Jakob, I'm not a huge fan of the tread on these, which wears very quickly on the road, and doesn't make a whole lot of difference off-road while it's still there. I used them mainly to smooth out the ride a little. I haven't ever tried the Vittoria Tigre tread pattern, so that might work a little better off-pavement, though I'd imagine it would disappear even faster.

You might also be able to get an old-school narrow 'cross tubular in there, and nice 27c tubular tires like the old Clement Grifo Neve go for a song on Ebay these days. Of course, that's a bit more of a commitment...

Cheers!
re: CX tires for track bike?MShaw
Jul 31, 2003 9:45 AM
You tried looking at the Tufo site? I know they make their 'cross tires in bunches of sizes...

Mike