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Tyre Question

drewesqdrewesq Posts: 137
edited October 2015 in Workshop
Hi guys

In order for the mrs and I to dip our toe into cycle touring she has bought a Carrera Axel ( ) which comes with these tyres: which I'm worried means she won't feel the full benefit of riding a hybrid bike after riding a Carrera Vulcan all summer so I was hoping we might get a pair fo eith of these to fit:

Now, I do know we're talking budget bikes here and I also know that the bike will already be heavy I just want to make it as easy as possible for her to enjoy cycling...

I'll probably carry the pannier bags on my 'cross bike initially but I'm hoping she'll love it so much she'll want to sell the Axle and buy something lighter (and prettier) next summer!!

Cheers :)
Cannondale CAADX Disc 2014 Tiagra - Blue
Charge Plug 0
Voodoo Bizango 2015
Ridgeback World Tour (mainly for commuting and holidays)


  • So whats your question then?

    The tyre upgrade your suggesting wont make any noticeable Difference.
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    If you go for a narrower tyre then you will see a performance improvement. You'll need to run higher tyre pressures to support the same load as the size of the contact patch will decrease. The bike will probably feel less compliant over bumps as a result.

    Having said that, my few experiences with el cheapo Kenda tyres is that they're quite stiff; the Schwalbe and Continental tyres are probably more supple.

    The Schwalbe tyre is going to struggle in anything approaching a muddy surface; if you ride on bridleways in anything less than completely dry conditions then you may want something a little more all-purpose.
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