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20 or 23

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by roadiewill, 20 Apr 2008.

  1. roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Would I gain anything from using 700x20 tyres this summer instead of 700x23, or would the ride be too uncomfortable for there to be any real plus?
     
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    You would gain nothing in terms of speed, but you would gain a harsh ride and decreased cornering grip.
     
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    WRONG !

    You gain speed less tyre on the road !

    Isnt that obvious :smile:
     
  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Only if the road surface is like a billiard table. On normal roads you bounce around too much on narrow tyres, that's why the pros use 22 or 23mm as standard.

    I rode 20s for a while years ago and they were awful.
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Nope - 23mm have been proven to roll better and are faster. I've used 20mm for years, but switched to 23mm last year - they stay on the road better, are a little more compliant, and are far better suited to normal road use. Unless you ride on smooth tarmac, the 20mm might be quicker, but not on these 'chippings' that are common !
     
  6. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Location:
    Otley, west yorks
    struggling to find anything other than 23's in a couple of LBS. They say the same as fossyant.

    Could be the beginning of an industry standard???

    andy
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That's the way it's gone 23mm standard - Mich Pro Race 2 or 3's are the way (or conti GP4000) is you want the fastest tyres - blooming great !!!
     
  8. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Nope - I'm right :wacko:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/?id=2005/features/conti_tech

    Not to mention that a wider contact patch gives better control over rough tarmac, and in corners.

    If you think you ride fast enough for the wind resistance to become a factor - why aren't you in the pro tour? :tongue:
     
  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Agree, 23c Michelin PR2's or PR3's will be about the fastest tyre out there.
    I also ran 20c for a few years and my dentist was very happy to have extra work. The only time I see 20c's on the road is on deep section aero wheels at TTs...but as Jacomus says, you have to be fast to gain any aero advantage.
     
  10. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Yes - a sore ar*e ;):biggrin::biggrin:
     
  11. roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    oky thats made my mind up, ta
     
  12. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    if anything get 25s, only problem is they don't fit past the brakes.
     
  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    ?
     
  14. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Thats what the quick release on the brakes is for?

    Stick with 23s
    Grand prix 4000's or Michelin pro 2/3 are well worth the money.

    Have you got those pedals on; and that bike setup correctly yet? (You can't set the bike up correctly if you've got the wrong pedals on!)

    gf3
     
  15. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I use 20's on one bike and 23's on another and don't feel any difference on grip etc. I also don't notice any difference on speed but then I'm not exactly a 500 watt output Pro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!