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Road vs. Cross(4 posts)

Road vs. CrossICEAXE
Apr 13, 2003 7:36 PM
Alright, I'v been riding mountain for years and I've decided to throw down on either a cross or a road bike. The road bike I'm considering is a C'dale R800. Fit's me great. I've been told that cross bikes are way more versatile. I would mainly use the bike for road riding and the most dirt it would realisticaly see would be that on the shoulder of the road. My other concern is that I live in michigan--our roads SUCK! How big of a tire can I run on a typical road bike with out running into problems?

700x30c is as big as I could get on myjiggs
Apr 13, 2003 9:22 PM
Caad 5 and the brake caliper and slice fork were both the limiting factor. If I picked up mud, it would fill in the small gap here. The rear wasn't much better, both at the brake and seatstay and chainstay.
Apr 13, 2003 10:47 PM
I was wondering about the same issue lately ...
Schwalbe has a road tire 700x28c they call it the "comfort-version"! I get a new frame soon and want to build the bike up around that tire - I am just too big for those tiny little 23s ... So people here told me that a 25er would be the biggest one a "standard" frame accepts - but I thought that is pretty small ... anyone ever tried a bigger one in a traditional steel frame? I am thinking about purchasing a Steelman.

Bigger than 28 is tough for most newer framesSilverback
Apr 14, 2003 7:44 AM
My 10-year-old steel Allez won't quite fit Paselas labeled 35mm (actually about 30mm wide)--they just touch the brake arch in front, have about 1mm of clearance in back and the front derailleur hits the rear tire when I try to go onto the big ring. 32s fit OK. I also have an old Trek and an Atlantis that will handle everything I've tried on them.
The difference in comfort between, say, 23s and 32s is huge, and the difference in performance is small. If I ever buy another bike (I'm pretty well set now, so I may not), I won't consider one that won't accommodate at least 700x35 tires.