Can I get more tyre clearance with a narrower tyre?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by manickode, 23 Jul 2012.

  1. manickode

    manickode Regular

    I'm running 700 x 25 Specialized Armadillos on my bike. There is practically no clearance between the band on adapter for the front derailleur and the tyre. It seems to be fine but when It rains it picks up muck from the road and seems to collect there and can make an annoying noise.
    Would going down to 700 x 23 just reduce the width or would it give me extra clearance at the band on adapter as well?
    Thanks.
     
  2. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    Yes, no & maybe. If you went for a 23c version of the same tyre then it'll almost certainly be smaller. However if you switch brands you might end up with a larger tyre. Take a 23-622 Durano plus or Pro 3 Race, both of those are taller than a Gatorskin 25-622!
     
  3. a tyre with reduced width will inevitably have a reduced profile as well - what bike is it?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    manickode

    manickode Regular

    Right, I might take the risk and splash out on a new tyre then. In terms of puncture resistance tyres do you know if the Armadillos taller than the Gatorskins?
    Thanks.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    manickode

    manickode Regular

    A Focus Variado about 5 years old.
     
  6. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    ProRace4 Endurance 23 is a "small" 23 (coming in about 22mm in reality)
    It's predecessor in the Michelin range (the Krylion) was a very hard wearing and reasonably puncture resistant tyre....(about 2500 miles since my last flat)
    I'm expecting/hoping the ProRace4 Endurance is as good in this respect.
     
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