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The Truth About Wide Tyres And Wide Rims On Road Bikes

September 12, 2019

now if you paid much attention to bike tech at all you will be well aware of the huge push to wider ties and wider rims now you might not be clear as to why there’s this huge push but that’s okay because we’re going to dig in and find out the reason we’ve been thinking about this recently though was because of the arrival of n B’s new and really rather lovely SES 4.5 aar disc wheels the other day now at first glance they are typically mb they’ve got the different rim profiles front and back and they’re laced to Chris King hubs but they’re envies with a difference because these are breaking new ground in a really exciting way for start they have a disc specific rim profile and then they’ve also quite frankly that why this rims I’ve ever seen on a road bike measuring in a 31 and a half mil wide width crucially 25 mil internal rim width as well the design has only been possible following a recent developments in road bike design itself so the fact that they are dis specific means that they can be wide because there’s no restriction on rim width from brake calipers and then again being dis specific you can have much greater tire clearance because again you’re not restricted by those brake calipers so that is why we’ve been thinking about it what about our initial question then why this drive to wider tires and wider rips [Music] [Music] now one of the most intriguing but also significant benefits is actually that wider tires generate less rolling resistance it’s hard to know what we’ve only really just gotten onto this bagg given that rollin existence data has actually been out there for quite some time but nevertheless it is there and a 28 C tire is shown to roll 2 to 3 watts faster on average than its equivalent 25 C tire and that is per wheel and at 40 K now and the difference is even greater on 23 and the reason or at least the theory is that is because of the shape of the tires contact patch and so that as a tire gets wider the contact patch gets shorter and that therefore improves at the rolling resistance now what’s really important to note though is that you need a wide rim as well as a wide tire in order to maximize these benefit because actually the cross-sectional profile of the tire is really important when thinking about that contact patch shape but also the cross-sectional profile is also important to minimize deflection in the tire which is kind of a little bit like that squirming feeling that you get when you pressures are really low because deflection means friction and friction in this case it means increase rolling resistance so you’ll see with this 28 C Schwalbe on this wide entry rim which now actually the time measures up close to 31 you’ll see the cross-sectional profile is really square really well supported and actually well rear that also means it’s more aerodynamic to now in a lab setting using finely tuned equipment it is easy to quantify these results but what is becoming increasingly interesting is actually testing out on the open road spearheaded by bicycle quarterly they pointed out that lab tests miss a crucial aspect of riding and that is vibration and it’s the road buzz that really slows us down and it’s funny isn’t it because when we ride across cobbles or pave it seems clear that the jarring and the vibration is slowing us down we can really feel it but why then when looking at ordinary tarmac did we not draw the same conclusions well unfortunately bicycle quarter lead if and when they tested it out they found that a wider tire with less pressure rolls significantly faster than a harder one when we say less pressure we really mean it I’ve got just 50 psi in these 28 and the reason is because in a lab setting a harder tyre rolls faster because there’s less hysterical loss so that tyre deflection and the friction generated that we just talked about where as out on the open road those losses are more than offset by the gains made a reduction in vibration or what Y School quarterly determing suspension losses what you need to remember though is that you stop letting pressure out your tires when they start squirming because at that point you’re going to be going slower again now I appreciate that reducing rolling resistance isn’t going to be the be-all and end-all for all of us but it seems pretty clear that a fairly major benefit to reducing vibration it’s going to be increased comfort for us Lacey you can run the most comfortable frame in the world but if you’ve got narrow hard tires on it it’s never going to be as comfortable as a stiff racy frame with plush 28c tires on it now that’s not got you thinking that wider tires yet I’m still not finished wider tires give you more grip when cornering now it comes back again to that whole contact patch thing but also a softer tire is more secure on the road now I’ll admit sometimes feel like I’m getting a little bit old I don’t really want to test this one out thoroughly but even at my current speeds I feel more secure leaning in there is one other aspect to wider ties there should be a tangible benefit to all of us and that is puncture resistance because a wider tire means increased air volume which should mean you’re much less likely to pinch flat even at lower pressures and then when you add into the mix that these wheels of designs we run tubeless well simply pretty well insured against flats which you find out [Music] now on comment that we see quite regularly is why if why the ties are so good a pros still running 25 and it’s a good point pros tend to gravitate to whatever is fastest so it must be downsides right well firstly and foremost as I said earlier you do really need a disc brake bike in order to get baptized in gold and so pros obviously can’t use those but then of course there’s the fact that wider tires are slightly heavier these ones are about 20 grams per wheel weightier than their 25 brothers and then there’s also the fact that there is a slight aerodynamic penalty for wider tyres admittedly it’s really small on these because they’ve been designed to accompany wider tires but if you try and fit a wider tire on a rim design for a 23 or 25 the penalties are much bigger and then of course there is tradition the pro peloton could sometimes be described as being like an oil tanker in there it takes them a very long time to change direction we just witness the amount of pros that are still not using Aero bikes despite the obvious advantage to them what tires are probably a little bit like that it’s gonna be interesting though to see where this all ends up I mean how fat are we going to go and who is going to get onboard certainly haven’t seen the data it’s hard to argue with it so I think the future probably looks a little bit better now if you want to see a bit more information about these wheels I’m riding and we’ve got an unboxing video with just these very set just up there but mitad Li you can’t winner anymore so apologies for that or to see the out-and-out Guru 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  • Reply JestemKwita August 16, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Great idea! I have gravel bike Specialized Sequoia with rims 25 internal width. It will be possible to mount this Shwalbe one tires on my rims? Or maybe different not so expensive tires? Now I have 700x42C tires but I'm looking something faster for a long road trips. I was thinking I have to buy road set wheels. But if I correctly understand this movie I will be able to mount 700×28 tires on my Specialized wheels?

  • Reply Anthony Veloni August 19, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I am a big guy 230… I had 28's but when time to replace them i have gone with 32 gatorskin. I like my psi at 110-125. Is this advisable? it feels sluggish at say 80-100psi

  • Reply Lmm Cams August 23, 2018 at 8:21 am

    6.30 you say pros can’t use disk bikes, is that because there’s a ban in competition use?

  • Reply Pollo Frito September 4, 2018 at 5:45 am

    I'm a fat guy on 23mm tires. I weigh 440lbs. What psi should I run?

  • Reply DIMZEROCENT September 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    This might explain why I didn't experience – although a friend of mine who happens to be an excellent cyclist and a bike seller predicted the contrary – a lack of comfort and performance while using Schwalbe Marathon Plus on my bike. I experienced no performance loss and no impression of much increased friction. The contact with the ground is obviously wider than with a traditional tire, but I think it might be compensated by the effect you describe (a rounder contact zone)…. another explanation would be that I'm suddenlly getting stronger, but I doubt it.
    Now OK, they are much heavier than my former tires – but hey, I'm no pro some grams won't make a big difference – and above all I was fed up with the flat tires (three on the same week this summer).

  • Reply Lorenz September 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    what is he riding? Canyon Endurace?

  • Reply Oldscool Gaming. September 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I wonder if you could help me? I am trying to buy new inner tubes for my road bike .the side of the tyre say's 26X1 1/4 but all i seem to see is measurements like 26×1.75 can you help please.Cos I'm thick as pigs " )

  • Reply septembermannen September 23, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    The weight of the bike and rider must be considered too; with 75kg or 95kg (bike & rider) tyre pressure plays a role. Heavy riders (>75kg) should ride wider at lower pressure. All you lard-asses out there use a 28mm with 5bars/50 psi. Makes me wonder 26 and 27mm is hard to get (clincher). 28 won't fit all bikes. If it does not fit: Use 25mm and use latex innertyres.

  • Reply Douwe Bloot September 25, 2018 at 6:54 am

    more comfort and more controle. thicker tires all the way.

  • Reply John Smith September 26, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Scott now fits 700×28 to all its Speedster road bikes

  • Reply P Kelly September 26, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Are any of the top riders in the pro peleton running 28mm tyres on normal road stages as of 2018 ?

  • Reply Julio Vilarrubi October 1, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Pues yo he notado justo lo contrario, con ruedas más gordas la bicicleta anda menos, volví a las 23

  • Reply pirafu shu October 4, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    just put fat tyres on that bike and call it a day

  • Reply vivek Balasubramanian October 18, 2018 at 7:54 am

    What is the impact of wider rims on tire height ? I am trying to fit wider tires in my giant defy and have a pair of tires which don't fit by a slight margin.Would a wider rim profile reduce the height ?

  • Reply Umut Birey October 19, 2018 at 7:48 am


  • Reply Adam Kubiak October 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    By far one of my favourite GCN Presenters.
    Thank you for the clip and info.
    BTW, your bikes are usually very well fitter, especially the ease with which you are reaching out to the cockpit.
    What is your height and leg length and which Canyon/Rose fame sizes are the most "up to" your requirement.

  • Reply Fred Last October 20, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Run your tyres soft and you will quickly puncture, especially pinch flats. Fact!

  • Reply Umut Birey October 25, 2018 at 5:48 am

    i am amazed that 3 mm makes such a big difference( irony)

  • Reply Gary Coleman October 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Lower pressures give pinch flats. How is that i said if you fall for it they have achieved what they set out to do.sell you more tyres. A fool and his money and all that…

  • Reply Yvan Reynaud October 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

    If we don't considerate the weight of the tyre, is it also true with even larger tyres then 28c, like gravel or travel tyres that could be up to 47 ?

  • Reply Danilo Capellan October 28, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Nice bike 👍🏽

  • Reply Velo-Pro International October 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Years ago 23mm was considered the norm, 31mm is almost cyclocross. Here in Madrid with the Cobblestone 28+mm would be an attractive thing. I looked at Alberto's bike and he runs 26mm. I have been learning about tire pressure on my gravel bike and it takes a while to dial in, I never considered less pressure being a good thing before.

  • Reply Vaughn Beckman November 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Just went to 28 and SRAM 1x on my road bike. Not going back.

  • Reply mike x November 1, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Making wider tires with a lower profile could help reduce weight further maybe

  • Reply Sound Speed! November 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    50 PSI?!?! Whaaaat
    What world is this that I'm living in??

  • Reply Thorsten W. November 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I love all these videos of GCN. You make a fantastic job! 😊

  • Reply greaserleo December 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I had 2.5 inch wide tires (max psi 45psi) felt like a heavy slow tank – slow and lumpy. Changed to 1.25 inch (at 95 psi) and MUCH faster & nimble. The only negative was the obvious less traction.

  • Reply Steve Vater December 18, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I did a test against my mates top of the range Malone, with fat tyres against my 2002 principia with Michelin pro race 23s. We were going 10mph at top of 3% hill after 500yrds I was 50 yard ahead . He same weight as me too. Didn't expect to be so far ahead .

  • Reply Rau Kenneth December 23, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Are w going to see 5” wide fat bike style tires on road bikes? I think the advantages of wider tires are limited by other factors.

  • Reply Lander F December 23, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Good vid. So is 50-60 psi the optimum pressure for 28's?

  • Reply Syed Abdul Salam Shah December 31, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Very beautiful ride you had, I liked it a lot, stay blessed.

  • Reply Sonofa B January 8, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I want to see a magnetic hub. Something that spins freely with no bearings what so ever lol.

  • Reply Charles Rush January 9, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I just got onboard with this idea myself. I couldn't afford the ENVE wheels though, instead I got the new Boyd 36 Carbon rims built up with White Industries CLD Hubs. The Boyd 36 rims have a 22mm inner width and a 29mm outer and they recommend a 25mm tire which actually measures 28 when mounted. I dig the look and the feel is okay too, I'm not going to complain if the end result is less flats. But I don't feel the cracks and small objects like twigs and stuff when I roll over them now. The ride is smoother. Oh and I got the wheelset on Black Friday and saved $400. Awesome.

  • Reply Bruce Keegan January 13, 2019 at 3:56 am

    In 1979 we had 27 by 1.25 tires on road race bicycles. Things change and so will you.

  • Reply Umut Birey January 23, 2019 at 8:18 am

    2 watts at 40 kph? what about weight difference?

  • Reply Bradley Tomkins February 6, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Is 700c 25mm wheel good

  • Reply Korup7ion February 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    i ride a gravel bike with all terrain 40c tyres, i can keep up with just about any roadie

  • Reply ouztaki February 7, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Help ! I can't read Chinese ! 🙁

  • Reply Aw Seeogaan February 8, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I like the idea of added comfort. I’ve used 23s for years. Can I just swap them out for 25s on standard mavic cosmic rims?

  • Reply FIREBLACK February 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Bullshit !!!!

  • Reply MrWolf February 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    i went from 23c to 25, than 28, than 32c. wider is better

  • Reply James Creavin February 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

    inspired somewhat by this video i recently fitted 28c tyres, would never go back to 25's, feels faster, way more comfy

  • Reply 700c Bicycle Atelier March 1, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Wide tyres for comfortable and long tyre life but heavy weight and less efficient(Wide tyre had flexible with low pressure). Narrow tyres for efficient(low coefficient air drag, light, stiff with high pressure), but had less comfortable and tyre life. Same tyre and rim width is improve aerodynamics(Example: 23 mm tyre with 23 mm rim had smooth surface together). But need different sizes for different conditions. Thank You for video.

  • Reply Allabout TheWoodrows March 5, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I have a 27” 2.5” tire on mine works fine but I don’t use on roads mostly neighborhoods

  • Reply ryan walsh March 6, 2019 at 5:02 am

    si: are wider tires faster
    me:(going warp speed on my fat bike)

  • Reply JoeLugar March 11, 2019 at 6:03 am

    28s have less rolling resistance but 23s have less weight and are more aero … so what is faster??

  • Reply ted tedsen March 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    my vado 5.0 ebike has 700x 52 tyres

  • Reply 100rogerduncan March 26, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    GCN's goal seems to be to get you to watch more videos from GCN. I stopped watching this one at 2:15 while they were revealing the shocking finding that narrower tires have more rolling friction. Well duh, I hope so if pressures are equal. So pump those 23's up another 20 psi and get less rolling friction than the 28's! These people are dealing in half truths.

  • Reply 100rogerduncan March 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    The reason there is a trend toward wider tires is because the newest top of the line carbon frames, wheels and other components are stiffer than ever before. As such, these carbon bicycles transfer even the smallest vibration to the rider. Vibration is uncomfortable but also consumes energy that would be better used to move the cyclist and bike forward so vibration needs to be absorbed and damped before it causes the whole bike to vibrate. Pneumatic tires are the only remaining component that will act to absorb and damp vibration and thinner tires are not sufficient on the newest top of the line bikes. It's different with a beautiful old steel frame because steel is elastic, unlike carbon, so running skinny tires on these old bikes is fine and faster as long as they have 140 or 160 psi. The Tour de France pros are now running 25's and 26's at 100 or 120 psi whereas back in the day they ran 19's. It's because frames have stiffened that preferred tires have gotten wider.

  • Reply Clint Nieves April 12, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Make an update on this video please. Test a 28 on less wider rim to see the disadvantages too

  • Reply Minnesnowtan April 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Stop saying "28c tyre". It is a 700c wheel with a 28mm tire. There was a 700a wheel and a 700b wheel but we use 700c now. What is a "c" that your tyre has 28 of them? There is no "c" on a tyre and everyone gets it wrong because they do not stop to think about what they are saying.

    Narrow tyres stink because the 25 and especially the 23mm get stuck in cracks, expansion joints and fall through sewer grates. Additionally, the higher pressures required to avoid pinch flats give a harsh ride and people look for new frames, padded pants, maybe an air hockey saddle to stop the pain. Inflations of over 90 psi are literally a pain in the arse and I have experienced it. I went to 28mm and 75psi years ago with Conti 4 seasons. I am looking into 32mm now because there are rough wood bridges that traverse swamps for hundreds of feet in my area.

  • Reply ef2b April 20, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Jobst Brandt. Decades ago.

  • Reply James Dear April 20, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Was this filmed on the road between Litlington and the Cuckmere valley near Seaford?

  • Reply tomcat172002 April 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I have a question for the GCN show my bike has 25 tires on them. I cannot get a larger tire on the back of the bike but I think I could get a bigger one on the front like a 28. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to using 2 different size tires? Let me know thank you

  • Reply Vermonster90 April 24, 2019 at 4:52 am

    rolling resistance is a bitch to understand, thinner tires give to less structure the support less raised contact area, larger tires give you more structure to support less contact area.

  • Reply Wyattchoi A April 25, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Weight and aero penalty… I think I'll pass.

  • Reply Benjamin B. Olsen April 27, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Hi, I love your videos GCN! Whats your oppinon on the 32c road tires?

  • Reply Charlie Croker May 1, 2019 at 12:33 am

    1:40 That's as close as he gets to the lie.

  • Reply Отец Горгоний May 3, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Emotional speaking is OK but for foreigners it's almost impossible to understand. My question is wether it worth to use Canyon suspension seat post on grave road? Does it save the ass?

  • Reply llTiiTll May 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    First gravel bikes with suspension, now wide tyres on road bikes. We came full circle.

  • Reply Alexander Chastney May 16, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    700×25 ftw

  • Reply An sionnach dearg May 25, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Where I live the roads are terrible, I often have flats… I love my road bike but I'm sick of the expense and effort to repair… Im gonna either try get fatter tires of just get a mountain bike.

  • Reply octaman May 27, 2019 at 1:31 am

    While you might think a wider tire is faster its not . I'ts just easier to pedal because you change the gear ratio with larger tires .To have one in the back make sense but to have one in the front doesn't it should be smaller. Continental got it right with the set that runs 22mm front 24mm in the rear but the biking community is fashion and trend orientated this won't make it. I'm 55 and to hear people talk about comfort in racing? theirs no such thing if you want to win. He's also selling high end rims that he didn't pay for.

  • Reply Jason McGrody May 28, 2019 at 2:32 am

    32mm tyres or bust! Love my wider, more comfortable tires that disc bikes allows.

  • Reply danimayb May 30, 2019 at 12:06 am

    These results are lab testing on a roller, The world's roads and tracks are not perfectly smooth rollers!

  • Reply Charles Ogle May 31, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Bullshit. I’ve ridden everything from 20c’s to 28c’s on my road bikes, fixed geared or single speed bikes. Putting 28c’s on any of them slow them down compared to 23c/25c tires. The reason tri-athletes ride 20c’s is for their low rolling resistance. And if you underinflate a tire it rolls slower, that’s why we run tires with 130psi, sew-ups, etc., but if we run wider rims all of that is turned on it’s head? WTF? The cornering is correct as long as you are not under inflated then you can roll a tire; I’d have to ride them I guess.

  • Reply Bombed Nevada June 1, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I’m from the future and everybody rides gravel bikes even on tarmac.

  • Reply Eddie Luvski June 9, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Soooooooo sick of the wider is better! People are so gullible and believe anything! Measure 31!? Might as well ride a trail bike! 50psi in a 28 mmr tire? That's basically running half flat. There is a reason for the max psi on the side of each tire. I am a heavier rider and and am using FLO 60mm rim's these days with 23mm tires. They expand close to 25 to basically match the rim width. That is as wide as any road bike would ever need. Would be a quite humorous for somebody with 31mm tires filled to 50 psi to pull up next to me with my 23mm's pumped to 120psi and ask to race. Guarantee you they would get smoked like a country ham every time! Stop believing theorys. You ride my set up, then ride a ridiculously wide set up with 50 to 80 psi, and you will fell like you are stuck in the mud! Riding 23's or 25's with max psi may be a bit stiff and uncomfortable, but they are also rock hard, which in turn means I NEVER flat either! 😳🚴‍♂️

  • Reply Patrick Radcliffe June 10, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    That is the biggest gripe I have with 23c is ride comfort at 100psi every bump and rock gets transmitted right up my spine, so I end up riding out of the saddle then in.

  • Reply Chris & Sam Living the dream June 10, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Just ordered som continental Grand Prix 4 season 700c 28 for my cannondale.. Awesome they be here soon from wiggle .. plus a new videoed on my channel of them …

  • Reply KRAZEEIZATION June 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    It’s more comfortable. I use 1.9 Schwalbe city jet on my MTB and it’s a rocket!

  • Reply TURST67 / Zäa June 12, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Wait, 50psi (3.5 bar) for that 28mm tyre? I run 85psi (6 bar) in mine, should I go lower?!

  • Reply sebo2001 June 13, 2019 at 4:21 am

    here is a good video that really explains it well, you guys are off, repeating same marketing BS as everyone else:

  • Reply RollinRat June 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I ride 33c Soma Supple Vittesse mostly on roads with some dirt. Its a cotton tubular casing tire. Its like a magic carpet ride! Really fast, comfortable and grippy. These tires, on my fixed gear ‘cross bike need a cog 2 or 3 teeth smaller or I spin out. All this at no more than 60 psi. Id never go back to skinny tires. Best of both worlds!

  • Reply Colin Steel June 16, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Failed to mention the cost of these wheels. In doing so most would have turned off instantly. Ridiculous.

  • Reply Ben Par June 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Instead of using a bike that's out of reach of normal cyclists, why not use one that's relavant to 99.9% of your audience😕😤 to prove the point

  • Reply 100rogerduncan June 23, 2019 at 11:57 am

    It's not that complicated. Higher pressure gives lower rolling resistance. Narrow tires handle higher pressure without being over inflated. So to go faster you go with the narrowest tires you can tolerate for the road conditions. It's simply a trade off between rolling resistance and vibration. If vibration is too much of a problem you give up some of that low rolling resistance by going to a wider tire. Then you'll still be better off because the vibration reduction will outweigh the increased rolling resistance.

  • Reply Connie Back June 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    That ”I really need a new bike” thing just bit me. I was never going to buy a new road bike until the cycling world got past that ridiculous skinny tire obsession. I think we’re there.

  • Reply Greg Schroer June 30, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Can you put a 27 by 1 and 3/8 tire on a 27 by 1 and 1/4 rim real curious

  • Reply Lars July 3, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I today equipped my aero focused endurance bike with the ENVE 4.5 AR that I got on a good deal and 30c Tubeless Schwalbe Pros. This is by far the best ride feeling I have had. I rode 100k on them without stopping once and it was fantastic. Cornering, stopping and accelerating, comfort and rolling was on point.

  • Reply BixbyConsequence July 6, 2019 at 4:16 am

    I ran 28's in the 1970's. For the last 15 years or so I've settled on 40's. They're just more utilitarian, more comfortable and they wear longer. I couldn't care less about 4 watts, lol.

  • Reply Maafa 1619 July 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Why are these foreign fucks saying, schwabey?

  • Reply KillFitGaming July 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Unless you're a fanboy, or you're getting paid to say 28+c tires are faster than 19/21/23c… then you know the truth here boys.
    Strict rolling resistance tests aren't real world and never will be… fuck off with this propaganda.

  • Reply Miles Moore July 14, 2019 at 3:28 am

    So According to GCN, More Rubber on the ground equals less rolling resistance ?

  • Reply Hakapik July 23, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Interesting stuff. I personally lower the tire pressure slightly down from 110 psi to around 85 – 90 because I find the ride SO much smoother and therefore faster.

  • Reply green grass July 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    You've got 50 psi in those 28s?
    Sorry but that's unacceptable, the drag simply ain't worth it, no way and if anyone is that desperate, then get a frame that will deal with it. (cannondale synapse).

  • Reply Mike McCreadie July 29, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    FWIW My wife is absolutely obsessed with cycling, but not for fitness or speed or endurance, just for the sheer enjoyment of it (she'd hoped it would help with her weight but in fact it's made no difference at all, but that hasn't dampened her enthusiasm one bit). Anyway, when her last set of 25's wore down I persuaded her to go up to 28's because I thought she'd get a bit of extra comfort out of them. I wasn't expecting her to go any faster because she doesn't have the aero wheel to go with them and she's not really into speed anyway, but in fact her rides are now faster purely because she's more comfortable and less fatigued. Her bike frame can only support up to 28's or I'd try her on 32's

  • Reply Grant Robertson July 29, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Wow! This totally upends everything every bicycle book and magazine told me back in the 70s and 80s.

    Something tells me that one thing he is leaving out is that new materials are allowing this to be done. My guess is that with the materials from the 70s and 80s the skinny tire with high pressure was more efficient. But now, with new materials (about which I can only guess) it is possible to go for a wider tire and still get lower rolling resistance.

  • Reply Alex Wilson Pottery July 29, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    So now everyone goes out and buys new frames to accommodate the new, 28, wheels and tyres…then someone 'discovers' 32s.

  • Reply Billy Blazer July 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    So, you are saying that 32 mm with a 630 mm diameter wheel set is better. Eventually you'll figure out a steel frame, with a 2 x 5 crank set is better also, and you'll be smack dab, back in 1972. I always knew, in my heart, that my Korean made Sears "Free Spirit" 10 speed was the fastest bike EVER! So glad I never got rid of it 🙂

  • Reply Tony S. July 31, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    well-constructed video. thank you.

  • Reply Vaclav Briza August 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Nicely explained, still for me is 28 tyre slower, than my current 23 pressured to 10 bar. Yeah, they are brick hard under such pressure, but since I ride on a very nice bumps free roads, it doesn't matter that much and the increased pressure sort of changes the profile in which you showed, how 28 is getting less resistance. It would, under same pressure, but that is just not happening.

  • Reply Quimerateck August 11, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    good to know that my 27 – 1 1/4 roadbike it´s actually pretty good for the task even after all these years

  • Reply Arthur Nowr August 25, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I remain to be convinced. As a regular cyclist, for many years cycling every day, I know when my tyres need more air because the bike feels like riding in treacle. But when I pump the tyres up again all is good. I am wondering whether this is a manufacturer's ruse trying to push us all to disc brakes so we can have fatter wheels? I also remember riding on 700 x 18 Hutchinson kevlar tyres and I remember them being very fast. The only downside though was you needed to get your wheels re-trued about once a quarter!

  • Reply Cyclingmasterseller September 5, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Outside of better grip and cornering you can keep fat tires, I don't care what you say skinny rides quicker and snappier (Conti 19mm Tubulars).

  • Reply Cyclingmasterseller September 5, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hmmm, fat tires and less rolling resistance? Why do they use 19mm on the track then? Hmmm.

  • Reply Cyclingmasterseller September 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I say put car tires on, that'll work.

  • Reply RollinRat September 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Randonneurs have known the secrets about higher volumes and lower pressure tires for decades. But then not very many ride for more than 5 or 6 hours, much less for 2 or 3 days.
    Ive rode fat sew ups on and off road back in the’70s. Skinny rock hard tires always seemed silly to me. I wish I could still afford those hand made silk tubs, wonderful magic carpet tires!!

  • Reply Alexey Yurkevich September 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    4:19 is that power tap pedal power meter?

  • Reply Ben Woodcock September 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I can't handle this shit; first disc brakes, mechanical then hydraulic, then 25c tyres and more, and now even using 1x chainrings on the front. Mtbs are fucking all 29s now too. Why can't road logic and mtb logic work logically

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