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View Poll Results: Have you tried 28mm tires? Do you like them better than 25's? (Vote all that apply)
I tried tubeless 28's. I like them.
56
23.14%
I tried tubeless 28's. I don't like them.
5
2.07%
I tried tubed 28's. I like them.
166
68.60%
I tried tubed 28's. I don't like them.
3
1.24%
I've never tried 28mm bike tires for very long.
10
4.13%
I'm not interested in going to 28's at all.
22
9.09%
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28mm tires on paved roads . . . have you tried them? Do you like them?

Old 06-26-20, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
28mm.
Glad I bought 30mm ones. On 23mm internal width hoops, they should inflate to 30-31mm.

Since buying a mountain bike in mid-May, my road bike is only getting about 80 miles a week. At that usage rate, the G-One tires might last forever.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Glad I bought 30mm ones. On 23mm internal width hoops, they should inflate to 30-31mm.

Since buying a mountain bike in mid-May, my road bike is only getting about 80 miles a week. At that usage rate, the G-One tires might last forever.
My new wheels should be in-hand today - I'm already happy with the 28s, but I think that I'll be happierer when they're puffed out a little more.
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The update nobody asked for - I tried 102/108, as recommended by the SRAM calculator, on the Battaglin MAX bike. Better than 110/120, but not as nice as 28s at 85/95 on my other steel bike. Silca's calculator recommends 96/98 for 25s for the combined weight, so that's my next magical trick.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
So for the "bigger is better" crowd, what's the optimal size? You're not on fat-bikes so it can't be a truly unlimited thing. Is it 32mm? 40mm? 47mm? What would you all like to ride and say "yeah, this is the right size"?

I mean, for the record, I'm good with the 28mm Michelin Power Protection+ I use, but I'm also literally just trying to work as hard as I can every morning so the efficiency of anything isn't important.
If I had to choose an optimal size, for me I think it would be 38 for smooth roads

The only reason I'm still riding 28s is because that is what fits in my frames. It wasn't until recently that you could get a real off-the-shelf road bike that fit wide tires. It feels like a chicken and an egg problem. Nobody was making the tires, so nobody was making the frames. nobody was making frames, so nobody was making tires.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Glad I bought 30mm ones. On 23mm internal width hoops, they should inflate to 30-31mm.

Since buying a mountain bike in mid-May, my road bike is only getting about 80 miles a week. At that usage rate, the G-One tires might last forever.
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My new wheels should be in-hand today - I'm already happy with the 28s, but I think that I'll be happierer when they're puffed out a little more.
I installed the 30mm Pro1 Addix on the LB wheelset. The tires measured 30.48mm on 23mm internal width hoops,
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I installed the 30mm Pro1 Addix on the LB wheelset. The tires measured 30.48mm on 23mm internal width hoops,
The 28s are certainly wider on the 303S vs the Assaults, but I haven't measured them yet. They feel pretty damn good at ~62/65psi.
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The 28s are certainly wider on the 303S vs the Assaults, but I haven't measured them yet. They feel pretty damn good at ~62/65psi.
what's the internal width of the 303s?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
what's the internal width of the 303s?
23mm, hookless.
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23mm, hookless.
Nice. I'm sure the ride is smooooth.
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