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What is the thinnest tire in production?(6 posts)

What is the thinnest tire in production?Brian T
Mar 21, 2002 3:30 PM
I was talking to this guy about the relation between tire size and ground resistance, and he mentioned that he once saw a 700x18 tire. That made me curious, and I'm wondering, what is the thinnest tire in production (for 700cm rims)?
re: What is the thinnest tire in production?harry hall
Mar 21, 2002 6:12 PM
700 x stupids like 20c and 18c exist because of peoples' superstitions and hallucinations. Email Continental and ask for their rolling resistance study--they figured out that the 700 x 23 was their best-rolling tire! 700 x 18 = rim damage, casing cuts, rapid wear, skittish cornering.
I refuse to order them for customers, they're a bad product regardless of the brand.
what if?RideLots
Mar 22, 2002 6:33 AM
What if the rider is 105 pounds, and using tubulars for a 10 mile time trial on smooth roads?
what if?RayBan
Mar 22, 2002 7:13 AM
If thats the case throw on the 18s and put the hammer down! Lighter and faster. I wouldn't ride them daily but when your against the clock every little bit helps(Ask Fignon ;) )
what if?binladen
Mar 22, 2002 8:43 AM
THere are always rare examples. Even Pantani is heavier than 105lbs, you know? I wonder how much the lightest rider in the TDF weighs.
re: What is the thinnest tire in production?JimP
Mar 22, 2002 6:49 AM
I have ridden the Vitoria Crono - 700x18 tubular. I had it on the front of a C'dale setup for triathlons for 2 years. That is, I rode with that as my front tire for both training and racing. It was a good tire for about 10,000 miles. I currently use a Conti Comp GP 19mm tubular and if I don't cut it, I will ride it for one to two years before replacing it. My current spare is a 2 year old Comp GP 19 that still holds air but has some wear.