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Road Ti Bikes + 28 to 35 mm Tires?

Old 11-15-17, 12:02 AM
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Road Ti Bikes + 28 to 35 mm Tires?

I was taking a look at value leader Motobecane Ti road bikes. Pretty phenomenal pricing for Dura Ace or Etap.

However, the frame cannot accommodate 28 mm tires. I want a minimum of 28mm, and preferably the option to fit larger, 32 or even 35 mm.

Are there any endurance or race Ti frames which can accommodate wider tires? I've checked Lynskey and Motobecane so far and neither can accommodate wider tires.
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Old 11-15-17, 12:27 AM
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there have been two threads on the forum about the Lynskey R260 in the last week. I even asked for pictures of the tire clearance!
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Old 11-15-17, 12:42 AM
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These pics are of frame or fork clearance around a Compass 32mm Stampede Pass tire mounted on a Lynskey R260. Inflated to 83psi the rear tire measured out to 33.25mm real width on the Grail rim.

The R260 ships with the Lynskey Pro Carbon Gravel fork:


I didn't measure it with a ruler, but eyeballing it there's around 3/8" (10mm) of space between the sides of the 32mm tire and the chain stays. I didn't take a pic showing the specific offset from the seat tube, but it's similar, and could fit a much taller tire.


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regardless of frame material, if you're looking for more than 28mm tires, you're pretty much looking at discs. Plug that into your searches and you might be more successful...
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Kinesis Racelight Grandfondo:

https://www.probikekit.com/cycling-f...Fct7wQodlskBxw

It says it fits 28 mm tires with fenders; I imagine 32 mm tires without them would work just fine.
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Originally Posted by city_cowboy View Post
...or even 35 mm.
An endurance frame that can accommodate 35s is gravel bike - you should be able to find a decent selection in Ti.
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Foundry Overland can take 41c, the Chilkoot 28s.

There's Van Nicholas' Amazon Cross, too; that's gotta clear 35s, I'd think.
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Originally Posted by city_cowboy View Post
I was taking a look at value leader Motobecane Ti road bikes. Pretty phenomenal pricing for Dura Ace or Etap.

However, the frame cannot accommodate 28 mm tires. I want a minimum of 28mm, and preferably the option to fit larger, 32 or even 35 mm.

Are there any endurance or race Ti frames which can accommodate wider tires? I've checked Lynskey and Motobecane so far and neither can accommodate wider tires.
look at the cooper frame and/or proX, those can accommodate 40ies i think.
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Originally Posted by MichaelSneddon View Post
Ultimately the blast media you select will have a big impact on how fast you can remove powder coating. If you will be recovering your blast media aluminum oxide will be fastest while steel grit will be fast but a bit more cost effective. If you will not be recovering the blast media then crushed glass is a great blast media for removing power coating.
Huh? Quoting so that you get a message. Wrong thread. Interesting though.
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Old 11-15-17, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
An endurance frame that can accommodate 35s is gravel bike - you should be able to find a decent selection in Ti.
Domane disc will take 35s. Its not usually referred to as a gravel bike.
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Dunno if you want to build up a bike, but Habanero's cross Ti frame can be set up with several different forks that have 45mm+ capability and there is no issue in the rear. Mine has a Ti fork from an old Everti and I absolutely love this bike as a general-purpose road touring bike and gravel bike. Not the lightest, but easy handling and very comfortable. And the frame is reasonably priced for Ti.

https://www.habcycles.com/cross.html

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Originally Posted by markjenn View Post
Dunno if you want to build up a bike, but Habanero's cross Ti frame can be set up with several different forks that have 45mm+ capability and there is no issue in the rear. Mine has a Ti fork from an old Everti and I absolutely love this bike as a general-purpose road touring bike and gravel bike. Not the lightest, but easy handling and very comfortable. And the frame is reasonably priced for Ti.

https://www.habcycles.com/cross.html

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If they made one I could stand over, I'd be tempted to order one right now. I don't know where they would find a rider that needs a 510mm top tube length who can stand over a top tube that is 780mm from the ground, but when you find me one of those people, you can sell me on their bikes.

From the looks of their geometry, this is really just the consequence of them not scaling their design for the different sizes.
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Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
If they made one I could stand over, I'd be tempted to order one right now. I don't know where they would find a rider that needs a 510mm top tube length who can stand over a top tube that is 780mm from the ground, but when you find me one of those people, you can sell me on their bikes.
Well, I'm not an expert on bike frame dimensions, but at 6-2" and with fairly normal proportions, I've never had a bike fit better than my 59cm Hab and I've done several multi-week tours with days approaching 100 miles with no comfort or bike handling issues. Standover seems more/less normal with other road bikes I have with level (or nearly level) top tubes. YMMV.

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I bought a used Ti frame of Salsa Warbird and built it up.
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Another drive-by OP who never came back to see what others had offered up to their original question. Sigh.
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Domane disc will take 35s. Its not usually referred to as a gravel bike.
The Domane Disc Gravel, you mean?
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Old 11-15-17, 03:28 PM
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Another drive-by OP who never came back to see what others had offered up to their original question. Sigh.
And you know that how? His last forum activity was within the last hour. Maybe he read the responses and is doing some research based on those responses. And the thread isn't even 24 hrs. old.


BTW...Your front tire has a cut in it.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
And you know that how? His last forum activity was within the last hour. Maybe he read the responses and is doing some research based on those responses. And the thread isn't even 24 hrs. old.


BTW...Your front tire has a cut in it.
If you're looking at what I think you're looking at, that's actually a shadow cast by a scrap of the flash that hasn't worn off yet. The tire is brand new plus 45 miles so far, and some of the flash is still there. The sun was still pretty low when that photo was taken, so the shadow is longer than the actual flash that cast it.
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Lynskey has a whole list of road bikes that will accommodate 32mm and wider tires. I ran 38mm on mine and had plenty of clearance.


But, as has been mentioned, you've got to look at the disc brake bikes.
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Lynskey R 260 Disc. Easily accommodates 32mms and probably bigger.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Foundry Overland can take 41c, the Chilkoot 28s.

There's Van Nicholas' Amazon Cross, too; that's gotta clear 35s, I'd think.
Chilkoot won't take all 28s... got rub when I tried Continental GP4000 IIS on the stock rims. Bontrager AW2 works just fine though
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My new Lynskey R275 easily fits a Pro One 28 that measures out at 30mm. Using calipers I measure the narrow area where the chain stays and tire converge at about 38mm or so.

I do not see myself ever running bigger than 28’s ever. Any and all dirt work is left for my MTBs.
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Originally Posted by carlos danger View Post
look at the cooper frame and/or proX, those can accommodate 40ies i think.
My Lynskey Cooper takes up to 40 ad has been excellent on 28's as a road bike. Only downside is it's a bit heavier than a straight up road bike
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I wonder if a mid 90s Merlin will take 28mil. I have my eye on one; its out of state, so I cannot determine for sure if it will work. Any Merlin owners running 28mil?
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My Lynskey Cooper takes up to 40 ad has been excellent on 28's as a road bike. Only downside is it's a bit heavier than a straight up road bike
I have a medium cooper cx from 2015 i think. and it takes 35mm with fenders, but I think I can fit 40ies with fenders if I really wanted to.

the newer coopers and proX will most definitely take 40ies.

my cooper weighed in at 1700g (medium) and I measured a proX here recently and it came in at 1850g for the same size, but this one has plate style driveside chainstay and tapered headtube, twisted tubes, triangular toptube, swappable dropouts. I have a feeling those "features" is whats driving the weight up.
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