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Anyone run 28" tires?

Yesterday I was on a ride and had a flat tire. The side wall blew on back tire front one was about to go. Took bike into bike shop he was out of what was on the bike so I went with a 28″ gatorskin… I believe he said I either had 23 or 25 cant remember…what’s bike going to ride like with going to a 28″

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Cory Rood, July 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

you mean width? 28mm? Does your frame have clearance for a 28mm tire? 28 vs 23/25mm, slightly heavier, softer ride.


garywilk, July 17, 2019 at 11:09 am

As long as your wheels are true and your frame/brakes have room, you will likely never notice the difference. If you are asking the questions, the extra few grams will not make the difference on weight. Just run 5 less PSI in the tires and it will be the same ride. Less pressure and more area makes it basically the same on a small change like that. gatorskin will be a good choice for the ride.


Alan_50501, July 17, 2019 at 11:33 am

The 28mm does fit that’s the only choice my bike shop had..was wondering if ride will be the same or what


bugs11, July 17, 2019 at 11:43 am

A wider tire will give you a little softer ride, a little slower ride, and a little better traction. Wider = more tire surface contact on the road basically. I run 28mm on my endurance bike, not sure I’d want to go any skinnier unless I was racing.

28″ tire had me ????


Eric olson, July 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

On mediocre roads 28 mm tires are potentially faster and more comfortable


Chris Harbaugh, July 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

I am guessing you won’t notice a difference


Brady Bisgard, July 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

I ride a brand new Cannondale Synapse and they come standard with 28mm. Its a general endurance road bike.

I think 28s are actually much better in every way than a 23 or 25 unless you’re a tri athlete going for elite times. 28s can withstand more of our crappy roads in Iowa and do crushed limestone well.


andytetmeyer, July 17, 2019 at 2:20 pm

the ride should be better with a wider tire of the same model, as long as you decrease the psi. don’t overthink it.


Jonathan Jones, July 17, 2019 at 3:15 pm

As the above article correctly states, wider has been the trend for several years now. Wider rims, wider tires, lower pressure. I just got my new-to-me Seven built up last week. My guy planned to put tubeless 25s on it, but when he realized the frame would fit 28s, he put them on instead. He said he personally runs 31s on his road bike.

Four years ago I was still running 23s. I no longer feel every bump in the road!


Alan_50501, July 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm

How much air should I run in them? Last ones i was running 100 psi


Jonathan Jones, July 17, 2019 at 6:53 pm

[quote quote=1309542]How much air should I run in them? Last ones i was running 100 psi[/quote]
He suggested 80psi, but I am running tubeless. I am running 90psi in the 25s on my Cervelo.


Eric olson, July 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm

The sidewall should give you optimal pressure. If you’re running tubes rather than tubeless you need more pressure to avoid pinches.


Alan_50501, July 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

I’m running tubes


cmparsley, July 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

I am 200lbs and I run 90psi in my 25mm Continental 5000’s. The ride is buttery smooth.


Charles Gerding, July 18, 2019 at 6:31 am

I’m a 28 fan. Lots of rumbles and railroad tracks on the ride.


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