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Can I ride a 20 and 23 tires size?(5 posts)

Can I ride a 20 and 23 tires size?lemond2001
Apr 25, 2002 9:53 PM
I was wondering if anyone rides with a 20 in front and a 23 in the rear. Would this make the bike handle better? What do you think?
I'd stick with 23's for bothDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 5:49 AM
20's are much more likely to pinch flat and have a smaller contact patch. The front does most of the braking. The front is more critical to avoid flats. Bottom line, I'd stick with 23's both ends.
re: Can I ride a 20 and 23 tires size?CFBlue
Apr 26, 2002 6:52 AM
I have a 23 in front and a 25 rear. I noticed no change in handling. When the rear tire needs replacing, I will have 23 on both.
sure, but why?jw25
Apr 26, 2002 2:28 PM
I doubt the bike would handle better, as the contact patch of the 20mm tire will be longer and narrower, and cornering may get iffier as a result. The 23mm in the rear should be more comfortable, and less likely to pinch-flat, but as was mentioned, most braking and cornering is done with the front tire, so I'd run the 23mm there. Why not just go 23mm on both ends? That way, when the rear wears out, you can just swap the front to the rear, and replace the front.
With larger tires, the difference isn't as noticeable, but it seems that 23mm has become the smallest practical tire for most road cyclists. I do have a set of 20's, but they're for TT's, and the cornering and ride quality are worse than the same tire in a 23.
20 / 23 is nice but I prefer 23 / 23PeterRider
Apr 26, 2002 4:53 PM
I used 20 / 23 for a while, but I prefer 23 / 23 because I feel a bit less the bumps in the road.

As to flats, I didn't notice that I had more with a 20. It is the front tire, so it doesn't get as stressed as the rear one...

Now I ride 23/25 because I had some 25 in good shape sitting in my closet, but I prefer the 23.