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Is it possible to swap road bike tires with gravel/cyclocross ones and vice versa?

Old 06-01-19, 02:49 PM
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Is it possible to swap road bike tires with gravel/cyclocross ones and vice versa?

I don't think I'll get the information I want here. Mod please close the thread. Thanks.

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Old 06-01-19, 02:56 PM
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Yes, you can put road tires a gravel bike.

Also: “fetus position” ???
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It's all about clearance. If it fits, you can use them. I doubt you would get gravel tires on most road bikes due to clearance, but cyclocross tires are a real possibility. The other way around - you can get really wide slicks on a gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by seru6119 View Post
I don't think I'll get the information I want here. Mod please close the thread. Thanks.
Huh. I literally answered the question.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Huh. I literally answered the question.
I wonder what information he wanted that we were unable to provide.
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Old 06-05-19, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post

Also: “fetus position” ???
I think you mean foetus?
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Old 06-05-19, 10:12 AM
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I just did this.
I recently got a new Trek Checkpoint for commuting, and other types of rides.
I swapped out the 700x40 gravel tires for 700x32 Gatorskins. Only did this as the weather has changed and the roads are better. Will swap back when the the weather turns back or if I do real gravel or lite touring.
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Originally Posted by seru6119 View Post
I don't think I'll get the information I want here. Mod please close the thread. Thanks.
yes
i used gatorskin tires on my cyclocross bike and would swap to cyclocross for rail trail riding for a touch wider tire. it all really depends on the frame.
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Old 06-05-19, 01:08 PM
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The constraints to consider are:
  • Will the tires fit the frame clearances?
  • Will the tires fit the rim width?
  • Will the tires fit the rim circumference?
  • Will the tires work with the rim type (tube clinchers, tubeless, etc.)
  • Will the tires work for the type of riding you intend to do.
Road tires are quite often narrower than CX tires, so frame clearances should not be a problem.

There is a lot of latitude in what tire widths will fit what rim widths. There are recommendation charts, but suffice it to say your CX rims will probably be fine with anything but the narrowest of road tires.

700c tires are all the same bead circumference (give or take a couple millimeters). So you're ok here.

If your rims require tubes, there are tube tires for road bikes that will work. If they require tubeless, there are road tires that will meet that requirement as well.

If you intend to ride your bike on roads, road tires would be an appropriate choice.

So maybe this provides the information you are looking for which can be summarized by "Yes."
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Old 06-05-19, 02:14 PM
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The OP posted one post in his life here, and then left. I think the rest of us know the answer...

(Maybe he went to ******Ican'tsaythatonBF to find what he was looking for)
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
The OP posted one post in his life here, and then left. I think the rest of us know the answer...

(Maybe he went to ******Ican'tsaythatonBF to find what he was looking for)
Cool, so can we turn this thread into a discussion on how annoying/difficult it is to follow topics on ******? The format, the "upvoting" system, the constant complaints about "downvotes"... it's all just a mess.
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