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Off-roading on a road bike?

My niece has a Claud Butler Sabina R1 road bike with 14mm width wheels (I think this is what 622 x 14 means?), like this one. She'd like to be able to take it round some gentle trails in the local wood.

Questions:
(a) Are there any knobbly tyres that will fit on those wheels? Gravel tyres don't seem to come smaller than about 34mm, which I believe would be pushing it?
(b) Would the frame stand up fine to that sort of riding?
(c) Are there any other potential problems to consider?

All advice welcomed!

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  • marykamaryka Posts: 745
    The biggest issue she'll have on that bike is clearance for wider tires with those road brakes and a road frame. My road bike will only take about 28mm max width tires. You could try something like Gravel Kings https://road.cc/content/review/135369-panaracer-gravel-king-tyres but they aren't knobby and won't be much use if the trail gets wet or in loose gravel etc.
  • d00d4hd00d4h Posts: 48
    I have used Panaracer Gravel King SK tyres in 26mm on a road bike for some mild off-road. They are more knobbly than the Gravel Kings, while still being decent on the road.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,348
    The bike should be ok with suitable tyres. Most cyclocross bikes started as road bikes until they started to evolve with more clearance, better brakes etc.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • dapperdandapperdan Posts: 9
    I think clearance is ok for 28mm. The SKs look good but I haven't yet found anyone selling them narrower than 32mm. I'll keep searching but might end settling for the Gravel Kings.

    Thanks everyone!
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,075
    May also be worth trying these:

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/components/tyres/specialized-roubaix-pro-700x2528-tyre_457668

    The 25/28 mean that they fit like a 25 which is good for the narrow rims but give a contact patch like a 28. If your niece is only doing gentle trails in the dry they should be fine.

    I've only had bad experiences with the slick Gravelkings, punctures galore.
  • dapperdandapperdan Posts: 9
    Thanks Joe, good to know.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,961 Lives Here


    I've only had bad experiences with the slick Gravelkings, punctures galore.

    Not just me then, the reviews rave about them but I have had no end of trouble.
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 480
    d00d4h said:

    I have used Panaracer Gravel King SK tyres in 26mm on a road bike for some mild off-road. They are more knobbly than the Gravel Kings, while still being decent on the road.

    Yes, I've used these 26mm tyres on a rim braked Domane, and I really liked them, especially on the local NCN off road trail.

    Schwalbe do a 30mm CX Pro, if you can fit them, and for wetter/muddier conditions.
    " He's flown down the Mountain like a missile...."



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    WInter: Trek Domane ALR3
    MTB: Canyon Grand Canyon 8.0
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  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,148


    I've only had bad experiences with the slick Gravelkings, punctures galore.

    Not just me then, the reviews rave about them but I have had no end of trouble.
    Even the knobby ones are on the lighter end of the scale, and thus can be a bit puncture prone, I’ve ripped out the sidewall at least a few times, hence moving to a more robust tyre.
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