CycloCross Tyres on Road Bike?

hothead Posts: 123
edited April 2008 in Road beginners
Hello Looking to commute to work but to be honest the traffic is that bad on certain section will need to get on and off paths, pavements etc for part of it. My question is am I able to put Cyclocross tyres on a Giant SCR 2.0 or will I need to look at a cross bike? If so any ideas best place to look for a 2nd hand cyclocross bike?


  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    ~Your frame won't have the clearances for C-X tyres.
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  • Pooter
    Pooter Posts: 68
    Sorry I can't really see the point. Cross tyres have knobbles on that wear out v quickly on roads. They're designed for serious mud. You'd be better off with some 28mil road tyres.
  • meagain
    meagain Posts: 2,331
    If so any ideas best place to look for a 2nd hand cyclocross bike?

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  • roger_merriman
    roger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    that will be tire clearance that will be.

    other options are "tough" tires such as marthon pluses. which, have big sturdy side walls.
  • hothead
    hothead Posts: 123
    Dont want to ruin my wheels on the ride and will need to go on paths so any other suggestions? Whats the thickest tyres I could get for my road bike and be fine for going to paths from roads? any suggestions would be great. Thanks
  • topdude
    topdude Posts: 1,557
    Hi, the SCR has more tyre clearance than most road bikes, you could easily fit 700x28 tyres like Marathons or Specialized Armadillo.
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  • ded
    ded Posts: 120
    I've got 700x28 Gatorskins on my SCR (for reasons similar to you I think - takes me several miles to get away from horrible urban road surfaces on most training rides!!!). Clearance/comfort is fine (no mudguards on tho'...)
  • graeme_s-2
    graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    I bump up and down curbs on both my road bike (23C GP4Seasons) and my fixie (25C Gatorskins) without any problems, all 4 wheels are still true.