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    Cool 2013 Giro: "90% of the field is on 25mm tires."

    From the mouth of Caley Fretz, Velo News technical editor.

    (4:26 in, if the video doesn't auto-start at that point for you)



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    Quote Originally Posted by SystemShock View Post
    From the mouth of Caley Fretz, Velo News technical editor.

    (4:26 in, if the video doesn't auto-start at that point for you)
    I heard even 2012 TDF had only one team with 23mm tires and the rest of the teams had 25mm tires for the race.

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    Well, if the pros do it, we all must follow. Baaaaah
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    When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
    It says they get paid by their sponsors to help promote their latest products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    Well, if the pros do it, we all must follow. Baaaaah
    Yup... so be an individual and dump your carbon fiber frame.

    Or if you're not riding one, stop lusting after same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    It says they get paid by their sponsors to help promote their latest products.
    Nah. They might get sponsored to ride, say, Vittoria tires. But Vittoria doesn't much care if they ride 23mm or 25mm Vittorias. They both sell for about the same $$.

    The width part would be the team's choice I'd think, and dependent on conditions and what works best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
    Yup. Another factor, as mentioned in the vid, is the popularity of the new wider racing rims.

    In the old days, you put a 25mm tire on a 19mm rim, and the aerodynamics weren't going to be good. But a 25mm tire on a 25mm rim? Bueno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SystemShock View Post
    Yup. Another factor, as mentioned in the vid, is the popularity of the new wider racing rims.

    In the old days, you put a 25mm tire on a 19mm rim, and the aerodynamics weren't going to be good. But a 25mm tire on a 25mm rim? Bueno.
    i think this is it. I'd be interested to know what psi difference they run from 23 to 25's...CX wrench?

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    This Giro has had the worst conditions of any GT I can remember.
    25's with soft compound or rain specific would be the only tire to use.

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    Re: 2013 Giro: "90% of the field is on 25mm tires."

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinelli 82220 View Post
    This Giro has had the worst conditions of any GT I can remember.
    25's with soft compound or rain specific would be the only tire to use.
    Downright ugly riding... Especially for late May.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
    Do they re-pave the courses prior to racing? The only "perfect" surface would be a velodrome. Otherwise, they all deal with public roads, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMook View Post
    Do they re-pave the courses prior to racing? The only "perfect" surface would be a velodrome. Otherwise, they all deal with public roads, no?
    The grand tours always pick the best condition roads in the countries that they can along the desired route.

    You'll not find roads like the grand tours get on any public road/highway in the USA. Our roads are built as dirt cheap as possible and wear out fast. Even our interstates.
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    I have to say that the smaller bike friendly roads around here (NJ) have been repaved significantly in the last 4 or 5 years. It makes for noticeably more pleasant riding on my "old school" 23s.
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    I have an Enve 2.5 with a 19mm tubular up front. I had a 19mm in back, but it lasted half of a test ride.

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    And your point is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser955 View Post
    And your point is?
    That I shouldn't ride the Giro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    That I shouldn't ride the Giro?
    Sorry was more of a question for the op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    That I shouldn't ride the Giro?
    What, are you God's gift to climbing?

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    2013 Giro: "90% of the field is on 25mm tires."

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    Sorry was more of a question for the op.
    SystemSchock is our compact/25mm resident Lobbyist
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    Quote Originally Posted by SauronHimself View Post
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    I'd think it was for the conditions. The w i d e wheel manufacturers (Zipp, ENVE, HED) suggest 23's FWIW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodys737 View Post
    i think this is it. I'd be interested to know what psi difference they run from 23 to 25's...CX wrench?
    from my recent experience a lot of pro racers are stubbornly sticking to somewhat higher pressures most of the time. they've always pumped their tires to XXXpsi, so that's what they continue to do. some of them are 'discovering' the lower pressure is better idea, and more will over time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    The grand tours always pick the best condition roads in the countries that they can along the desired route.

    You'll not find roads like the grand tours get on any public road/highway in the USA. Our roads are built as dirt cheap as possible and wear out fast. Even our interstates.
    what fantasy world have you been living in? sure, there are some great, freshly paved roads in some parts of some big euro races, but they don't even come close to planning the whole route based on road quality or a regions likelihood of repaving before the race. if it were such an issue Paris would make sure the Champs was as smooth as a velodrome. if you've seen it, you'd know it's far from that.
    i work for some bike racers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    I have an Enve 2.5 with a 19mm tubular up front. I had a 19mm in back, but it lasted half of a test ride.
    Yes, Spade. But you also weigh 120 lbs, IIRC from another thread.

    Ya fast-climbin' bastid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa_Lover View Post
    SystemSchock is our compact/25mm resident Lobbyist
    SystemShock, as you know from other threads, has standard double on one of his bikes and compact on the other.

    And far as tires go, I'm kinda digging 28mm now.
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