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Road bikes which can take wider tyres?

CubeMarkCubeMark Posts: 26
edited August 2012 in Road buying advice
Can anyone advise on road bikes which can take wider tyres?

I'd like to get my wife a bike for mostly road use, but there are some gravel/stoney cycle paths around which we also like to use.
She would like drop bars, so is it best to get a cyclocross bike and fit road tyres when appropriate, or can I get her a road bike and fit fider tyres when appropriate?
Thank you.


  • warrerjwarrerj Posts: 665
    How wide do you want the tyres to be? There's a lot of road bikes that can take a 25 tyre. BUT from what you're saying I'd say you'd better off with a cross bike.
  • skyblue337skyblue337 Posts: 135
    I've managed to squeeze some 28mm Conti GP 4 Seasons on my Giant Defy with Giant's own mudguards (helps to have Campag levers as they have their own quick release in addition to the one on the calipers themselves)
  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    an audax bike can take up to 28c tyres usually which is ample for all but the roughest off-road cycling.
  • 2oldnslow2oldnslow Posts: 313
    Conti GP 4 seasons 28mm do come up pretty small though more like a 26 I even had them on my Cervelo S1 when I lived in Cyprus
  • Wirral_paulWirral_paul Posts: 2,476
    Cyclocross bike like you suggest sounds a pretty good call. Wider tyres as standard (and wider rims) but also lower gearing which may well be very suitable - depending on her strength and the style of riding. Frames also tend to be pretty relaxed with comfort and stable handling
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