Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

How big tire for Specialized Sequoia?

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

How big tire for Specialized Sequoia?

Old 07-22-21, 05:27 PM
  #1  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
How big tire for Specialized Sequoia?

Looks like about 1/4" clearance on both sides. It has a 25 tire on it. Think I can go with a 35?
I mostly ride it on pavement but would like to take it on the Katy Trail. The Katy is flat with crushed gravel.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Old 07-23-21, 12:51 AM
  #2  
Badger6
Obsessed with Eddington
 
Badger6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brussels (BE) 🇧🇪
Posts: 954

Bikes: '16 Spesh Diverge, '14 Spesh Fatboy, '18 Spesh Epic, '18 Spesh SL6, '21 Spesh SL7, '21 Spesh Diverge...and maybe n+1?

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 348 Post(s)
Liked 351 Times in 234 Posts
What year is that frame? Because it is definitely not the more recent disc brake equipped Seqouia (MYs 17-19).

Hard to tell by the eyeball, perhaps someone who has the same bike can offer up their exerience. What I do know is that you can get by just fine on the Katy trail with 32s. I used to ride my Diverge Mk1 with 30/32 slicks (Tubeless, Specialized Roubaix Pro) on that trail when I was working in STL. I think I've ridden about 100mi total of it.
Badger6 is offline  
Old 07-23-21, 08:56 AM
  #3  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
It's pre-'12. Just wondering if anyone knew what size tires it could take. I'll measure as best I can and go from there.
I don't do a lot of road biking. Figure if I set it up for the Katy I'll get more use out of it. It's my least-used bike. I can ride to the Katy from my house.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Old 07-23-21, 01:37 PM
  #4  
mstateglfr 
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 13,171

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '88 Schwinn Premis , Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo

Mentioned: 105 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6129 Post(s)
Liked 3,280 Times in 1,892 Posts
What is happening with that black cable housing thats twist tied in the pic?
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 07-23-21, 10:28 PM
  #5  
Squeeze
High Plains Luddite
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 652

Bikes: 3x8 & 3x9

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 203 Post(s)
Liked 83 Times in 47 Posts
^ Wild guess: bike computer cable?

Mystery #2: the black zip tie that appears above the pedal on the drive side.
Squeeze is offline  
Old 07-24-21, 02:40 AM
  #6  
Badger6
Obsessed with Eddington
 
Badger6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brussels (BE) 🇧🇪
Posts: 954

Bikes: '16 Spesh Diverge, '14 Spesh Fatboy, '18 Spesh Epic, '18 Spesh SL6, '21 Spesh SL7, '21 Spesh Diverge...and maybe n+1?

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 348 Post(s)
Liked 351 Times in 234 Posts
Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
It's pre-'12. Just wondering if anyone knew what size tires it could take. I'll measure as best I can and go from there.
I don't do a lot of road biking. Figure if I set it up for the Katy I'll get more use out of it. It's my least-used bike. I can ride to the Katy from my house.
Again, hard to tell by eyeballing. You really need to measure between all the points that the tire would rub (brake arms, when you've pulled them, fork legs, stays) and also check for clearance between the crown of the tire and the back of the BB housing.

As I said, though, the parts of the Katy trail I've ridden were easily ridden on a 32mm tire, with a slick tread. Which I suspect, if it fits, will be the max tire you could fit in that bike. In the "Before Gravelbikes" time, even a bike like yours often had limited clearance, because back then it was typically only MTBs running big volume.
Badger6 is offline  
Old 07-24-21, 08:52 AM
  #7  
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 22,027
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 1,629 Times in 1,170 Posts
I rode 30mm tires for a year on rough gravel and it worked okay-ish if you ignore all the flats. It would have worked great on crushed gravel.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 07-24-21, 09:06 AM
  #8  
veloz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 253
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 25 Times in 22 Posts
Rode the Katy in 2019, still officially closed after major floods. Some sections were still sandy but 32 Paselas were no problem. Clearance beats width when it's muddy.
veloz is offline  
Old 07-25-21, 04:20 PM
  #9  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
What is happening with that black cable housing thats twist tied in the pic?
Speedometer that I don't use.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Old 07-25-21, 04:25 PM
  #10  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
^ Wild guess: bike computer cable?

Mystery #2: the black zip tie that appears above the pedal on the drive side.
What do they call that, the pick-up, or magnet for the bike computer that I don't use? I'll get the ****s and clip them off, OK?
Funny how stuff like that shows up on a picture.
Like I said, this is my least used bike. I'll spruce it up a bit. Where I live the shoulders have glass and the rest is gravel, so I usually ride my Rockhopper or my hybrid with Schwalbe Marathons.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Old 07-26-21, 01:18 PM
  #11  
msu2001la
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 1,481
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 622 Post(s)
Liked 522 Times in 317 Posts
Hard to tell what you can fit in there, but I have ridden crushed gravel/limestone trails for years on 28mm tires and it's fine.
I'd prefer to be on 32mm+, but that statement also applies to paved roads.
msu2001la is offline  
Old 08-19-21, 06:12 AM
  #12  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
Did some more measuring and the total width clearance is 38mm. Going to try some 32's and hope they work. Seems 35's would be pushing it.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Old 09-06-21, 09:09 PM
  #13  
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
Thread Starter
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3631 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 59 Posts
I ended up putting some Michelin Protek Cross 32's on the Sequoia and they just barely fit. In fact, the little nubs rubbed on the front fork for the first ride or so until they got knocked off. But I'm totally happy with the ride. So far they've worked good on bumpy sidewalks and patches of gravel - some of it pretty loose. This was my least used bike but now it will get more use. It should be pretty fast on the Katy Trail.
__________________
more poor people have been killed by soda and pizza and donuts than guns in the cities it is a medical fact ask any doctor

sknhgy is offline  
Likes For sknhgy:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.