Can Changing Wheels or Tyres make me quicker

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Pazz1974, 15 Jul 2012.

  1. Pazz1974

    Pazz1974 Regular

    I have a hybrid if I change my wheels or put a thiner set of tyres on would it help me go quicker?
     
  2. Pauluk

    Pauluk Senior Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    What size tyres do you have on currently and do you know what your rim size is on your existing wheels
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Tyres would be the best bet and cheapest. Wheels won't make a huge difference on a hybrid, and gains are marginal on road bikes. Tyres are the best option, but you may have to compromise your riding/puncture protection. I.e. switching to lightweight slick tyres will almost rule out riding on trails/unsurfaced paths.
     
  4. OldManBike

    OldManBike Member

    I changed the chainset on my hybrid from 42/32/28 to 52/42/32. This tended to lean the bike towards a road bike and less of an MTB. I also incread the chain length. Top speed was drastically improved. Just a thought and hope it helps.
     
  5. John_c

    John_c Active Member

    Location:
    Co Durham
    Depends on what you have on it now? Generally slicks plus good Ali rims will make you faster, how much is another matter.

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  6. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
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    Its an option to look at once the tyres have been changed + track pump bought to get the pressure right.If the tyres are holding the OP back then bigger chainrings will not speed them up much.
    Just a question..
    What rear cassette do you run ? it might have been cheaper to change the rear cassette to a block with a smaller toothed small gear.
     
  7. OldManBike

    OldManBike Member

    [Just a question..
    What rear cassette do you run ? it might have been cheaper to change the rear cassette to a block with a smaller toothed small gear.[/quote]

    Yes you're right, but had a spare chain set doing nothing so it worked out cheaper to do that. Bike is so much faster now, but takes a bit more effort.
     
  8. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    Yes you're right, but had a spare chain set doing nothing so it worked out cheaper to do that. Bike is so much faster now, but takes a bit more effort.[/quote]

    Fair enough :smile:
    cadence is also important, i can get 20 mph out of 50 x 17 .
     
  9. fractionally, perhaps, depending on what wheel/tyre combo you use currently. Improving your fitness will have a much more significant impact on your speed, however...
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Pazz1974

    Pazz1974 Regular

    I have 700c wheels tyre are 35c
     
  11. MrJamie

    MrJamie Oaf on a Bike

    I think people want to know the width of your rims so they know how thin you can go on tyres, somewhere on the rim it might say something like 622-XX with the XX being the width of the metal rim i believe :smile:

    It would also depend what surfaces you normally ride on, going much thinner would probably drastically limit your riding off roads (ie. trails, towpaths) if that matters.
     
  12. OP
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    Pazz1974

    Pazz1974 Regular

    Not to sure on what chain set it is or rear casette, the bike did not cost to much it's a claud butler explorer 100.
     
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Sorry fossyant, I disagree
    Lighter and more aero wheels with good tyres will make a difference to a reasonable level hybrid. But you need to go to 23c or 25c tyres to get the weight and aero benefits. Hybrid wheels especially those for 35c tyres are built for durability. Even a humble pair of Aksiums and Michelin Pro-Race/Conti GP's with lightweight tubes will make the bike faster and feel more responsive.
     
  14. OP
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    Pazz1974

    Pazz1974 Regular

    Roads I just use it to get to work and back. I'll have a look tomorrow for the wheel size
     
  15. MrJamie

    MrJamie Oaf on a Bike

    One of these? http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Claud-Butler-Explorer-100-2012-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_52026.htm

    The suspension fork might be sapping a bit of your energy assuming it doesnt have a lockout. :smile:

    How much of a real speed increase are we talking?

    Id guess it would also depend how fast his average speed is already to how much of a benefit youd see from upgrades :smile:
     
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