Why does my tandem have such small tires?
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    Why does my tandem have such small tires?

    Last Fall I purchased a used Santana Noventa. It has a brand new set of Specialized Armadillo All Condition 700x25C tires with a minimum pressure of 115psi indicted on the sidewall. According to my research, this bike was built with 700x26C tires in 1996.

    My question is: Is there a reason that most tandems are sold with small/high pressure tires?

    I ride 700x33.33 on my Soma San Marcos and 700x40 on my Surly LHT and they seem to roll just fine and provide a fairly comfortable ride. There seems to be plenty of room on the Santana to fit a 32 or 35 tire, but I was wondering if there was a downside to larger tires on a tandem.

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    Nope, skinny tires are just style and IMHO most riders would be better served with a wider tire. OTOH you do want to keep the pressure up in tandem tires so make sure whatever tire you chose is rated fairly high for the width.
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Would the Schwalbe Marathon HS 420 be a good choice for a 300# team? The 700x32C is rated for 90 kg @ 65-95 psi. I am assuming that I would want to run pressures closer to 95 than 65 psi.

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