28mm Tires. How big of a difference?
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    28mm Tires. How big of a difference?

    A follow up. I have been considering converting my old bike to a rain/winter bike vs. selling it.

    I have 23mm Maxxis Refuse tires on it. Absolutely bomb proof IMO. But maybe not the best for handling.

    My question is, is it worth it to spend $100 on new tires (thinking Schwalbe Marathon Plus 28mm) for the extra "control" and ability to handle the occasional (ok - constant) debris on NJ roads this time of year.

    Basically my concern is safety not flat protection?

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    Just make sure that size tire fits on your bike. Otherwise, going 28mm is a great choice for a winter training bike.

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    Be careful, the marathon plus have a very thick puncture protection layer and they are quite larger than a normal 28, they fit more like a 30, they don't fit on my road bikes.

    And they are real heavy.

    They exist on 25c version, that maybe are a better fit for a road bike, otherwise get a set of Conti 4 Seasons
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa_Lover View Post
    Be careful, the marathon plus have a very thick puncture protection layer and they are quite larger than a normal 28, they fit more like a 30, they don't fit on my road bikes.

    And they are real heavy.

    They exist on 25c version, that maybe are a better fit for a road bike, otherwise get a set of Conti 4 Seasons
    Switched from 25 to 23. Not sure going to 25 is worth the dough.

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