Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by yenrod, 11 Apr 2008.

  1. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Does anyone know if you can get tyres with a SMALLER width than 23's :biggrin:
  2. yep they go down to 16 i think ask at you LBS they will have all the lists for you to brouse
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Yep, my Michelin Axial Pros were 19/20c's IIRC. In the '80's I recall some 15c's.
    If you have a reasonably stiff bike they're chuffin uncomfortable and only really fast when the road is billiard-table smooth. Narrower road tyres than 23c these days are mostly found on aero-wheeled TT bikes.
  4. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    General view is that in the real world 23s are faster on the road than narrower tyres; and you don't terrify yourself in the wet.
  5. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Indeed - a fast tyre is more about quality than lack of rubber.

    I run Michelin P2Rs in 25c and don't find any noticeable difference in cruising speed/effort ratio between them and P2Rs in 23c, however the do accelerate slightly slower.

    But they are miles more comfortable, and I don;t race, so can live with the tiny loss of acceleration as they spin up.
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I once had 18mm tubs (well still do) and they were on 18mm Wolber Profile rims - very uncomfy, but light and fast wheels....only for TT's though.

    20c is fairly common but I moved up to 23c last year and find them much better for comfort and speed over the poor roads we have now.

    Do you need the clearance or something ? My 23mm leave very little clearance on my Ribble.
  7. OP

    yenrod Guest

    I could go to a 25" BUT I prefer something around a 20" - because they're faster...thats the reason I ask !

    I dont need grip - ive got my fat backside for that ;)
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Believe you me 23mm are better than 20's - I've converted to 23's they do roll better over standard road surfaces.....

    Pro Race 2 or 3's all the way..........
  9. OP

    yenrod Guest

    I just dont side with the 23 side of things 20's...float my boat [shrug]
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I used thin tyres, but frankly, the received wisdom is true - 23s on the road. 32s for cross (I don't have the courage to run low pressure though - I have 50 psi in my front tyre - the maximum printed on it is 36.)
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