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Do you notice a difference from 23c to 25c tires?(6 posts)

Do you notice a difference from 23c to 25c tires?tmotz
Dec 29, 2003 8:44 PM
I've debated on trying 25c for a while now.
I'm 230 lbs. would I notice a difference?
Slight but noticeable difference...biknben
Dec 29, 2003 8:55 PM
I started training on a 25c rear tire this year. I was just trying to dampen the ride a little bit. I'd say it's about equal to lowering the pressure of your current tires by 10 or 15 lbs. It provides a little more cushion. Some riders can feel it while others can't.

IMO, at 230#'s you should be on 25c tires regardless of whether or not you can feel it.
Slight but noticeable difference...tmotz
Dec 29, 2003 9:07 PM
I just might try it.
I would go even bigger but frame space and the brakes would pose a problem.
Thanks for the advice.

You can notice a difference.dr hoo
Dec 30, 2003 5:46 AM
I'm up around your size, and I would not trade my 28s for anything. Actually, I would trade my 28s that are really 26s for honest 28s! And I would go bigger than that, if my frame allowed it.

Going from 23 to 25 you probably won't feel any difference at max pressure. But, with the 25s you can drop 5-10 lbs of pressure and feel a bit more cush with relatively little risk of pinch flatting. I would NEVER ride 23s with less than max. The bigger the tire, the more play you get.

On my 28s (ha!), I max them at 140. At 100 they are very cushy. Below that I don't go, but that is a pretty huge range to play with between efficiency and comfort. Ok, really I pump them up to 140 and then let them go for quite a while, lazy person that I am. But when they feel too soft, and I go to pump them up, they are around 100.

Please note, my roads are pretty smooth and I ride very "light". If you are the kind of person to ride right through potholes without seeing them, keep it at max.

Whether you personally can notice a 5-10 lb difference on 25s I can't say. I can feel a 5% change in my tire pressure on or off road. Or maybe I should say I WILL NOTICE a 5% difference. I think I can feel smaller changes if I pay attention, but 5% will call attention to itself.
re: Do you notice a difference from 23c to 25c tires?Welshboy
Dec 30, 2003 10:20 AM
Agree with the slight but noticeable comments. I use 25c's on my fixed wheel after using 28c's for a while as I feel the need for a slightly plusher ride when on my fixed wheel due to the fact that you sometimes need to 'ride through' pots and ruts instead of freewheeling and taking the weight off the rear wheel. IMHO 23c's seem to be the best compromise between speed and comfort and I'd never go narrower - even on a TT bike.
I feel the biggest difference when cornering hard. nmdzrider
Dec 30, 2003 11:11 AM