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    Wider Wheels

    I've got a 2003 Trek 5500 with Bontrager Race X-Lites and probably want to go with HED rims. (not the plus size) There's only a small amount of wheel clearance so I didn't know if they'd fit or not. I plan on going to a local shop to try a wider wheel on for size, but I'm wondering if anyone else with a similar bike already has the wider wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    I've got a 2003 Trek 5500 with Bontrager Race X-Lites and probably want to go with HED rims. (not the plus size) There's only a small amount of wheel clearance so I didn't know if they'd fit or not. I plan on going to a local shop to try a wider wheel on for size, but I'm wondering if anyone else with a similar bike already has the wider wheels.

    Is it the wheel clearance that is tight, or just the tires? My guess is it's the tire clearance that is the issue. If this is the case and a wider rim fattens the tire to where it rubs against the frame, you will need to use the next size narrower tire.
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