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Wheel change

Dirk1978Dirk1978 Posts: 148
edited September 2010 in Workshop
I am changing my wheels and tyres on my hybrid and have a very basic question.

My current wheels are 700x35, these are the wheels that came with the bike when I bought it, questions is can I choose different size wheels?

Many thanks

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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,922
    Diameter, No. You need to keep to 700c/622 wheels for the brakes. If you've got disc brakes then any size wheel with a disc hub will fit.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • antikytheraantikythera Posts: 326
    edited September 2010
    Given the nature of the question, what do you mean by wheel?

    Are you referring to the tyre (rubber thingy), or the wheel (hub, spokes and rim)?

    As redvee implies the "700" is the diameter on the wheel and unless you have a good reason you wouldn't want to change that. Firstly it would change the handling and characteristics of the bike (normally not for the better) and secondly you may have to make major modifications elsewhere eg the brakes.

    Th other number, "35" is normally a specification of the tyres (inflated) width. You can get lots of different tyres at the same wheel diameter (ie 700) but at different widths. In general; wider tyres are more comfy but slower. narrower tyres are harsher but faster. You'll also find that between the narrow and fat ranges (of tyres) manufacturers will focus on different types of properties; puncture resistance, "rolling resistance", grip, wear etc....

    So changing the tyre is a minefield in it's own right but you can experiment to your hearts content.
  • Thanks for the advice, I was thinking of downsizing the 700 part of the wheel; however I wont be now, will change the width to get a bit of extra speed.

    Cheers
  • balthazarbalthazar Posts: 1,565
    Dirk1978 wrote:
    Thanks for the advice, I was thinking of downsizing the 700 part of the wheel; however I wont be now, will change the width to get a bit of extra speed.

    Cheers
    If you want to go faster then get slick high-pressure tyres to fit the wheels you have. Probably, any 700C road tyres will do, though those wider than 25mm may be most appropriate to your rims.
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