What size tire width for training rides?

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  1. scottz123

    scottz123 New Member

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    I am a sport level mtb'r / cx'r. I plan on putting my cx bike on road.
    Bike is a Ridley Carbon X-Fire w/ Mavic Ksyrium equipe wheels. I weigh 160lbs w/gear.
    Mostly training rides about 2hr. I will do a metric century and 300mile benefit ride (one week long)

    Tires will be Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case (LBS sponsor) (wire bead - keep cost down)
    I my try a crit, but have access to 20c and 23c lightweights
    (yes, I am aware of my gearing limitations- 46/12)
    I am thinking 25 or 28c. Any input?
     
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  2. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps the best winter training tire out there, or training tire period, is the Continental Grand Prix Four Season, which also happens to come in 25 and 28mm widths. A 28mm tire, which can be run at relatively low pressures, especially given your weight, will give you a bigger contact patch (thus more traction) and a more comfortable ride.....so my vote is for the 28mm flavor tire.
     
  3. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on the 4-Seasons. I ride a 25c for training and racing. I like the somewhat comfier ride over the 23's and the bike just feels like it rolls faster. 28's probably feel glorious.
     
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