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    700x28 rear with 700x35 front?

    I'm considering running a 700x35c in the front only on my kona paddywagon (rear would stay 700x28c). The reason is for more comfort/stability when riding on shitty roads, gravel, hoping curbs etc... Has anyone tried this? Or has any imput? I have to change the rim in order to do this so Im not 100% at the moment.

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    If you have the stock fork, it looks like it will accept up to a 32c. Might want to start there...

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    Why change rims?

    I use everything from 23 to 38 on my Jake as my current uses dictate. It would take extraordinarily bad pavement to get me to use bigger than a 23 for control and comfort for just myself. But it's nice if I have a bike set up to take panniers or I'm going off-road. I could see it for extended rides on dirt roads too. If it's just a mile or two here and there, I do okay paying a little more attention.

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    Re: 700x28 rear with 700x35 front?

    Quote Originally Posted by zmcrisp View Post
    I'm considering running a 700x35c in the front only on my kona paddywagon (rear would stay 700x28c). The reason is for more comfort/stability when riding on shitty roads, gravel, hoping curbs etc... Has anyone tried this? Or has any imput? I have to change the rim in order to do this so Im not 100% at the moment.

    I know this is a mountain bike forum, but im not joining a roadie one, so no negative comments please.
    No need to change the rim. Wider tires will fit just fine.

    A wider front may help with what you want, but the improvement will be marginal without a wider rear tire, too.
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    The 28c's just feel delicant to me(I've tried to get used to it, been riding on em for about a year), I like the thin fast tires, but most of the low traffic/back roads that I ride on In my area can get pretty rough. I run about 80ish psi in frot and 90 in the rear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Why change rims?

    I use everything from 23 to 38 on my Jake as my current uses dictate. It would take extraordinarily bad pavement to get me to use bigger than a 23 for control and comfort for just myself. But it's nice if I have a bike set up to take panniers or I'm going off-road. I could see it for extended rides on dirt roads too. If it's just a mile or two here and there, I do okay paying a little more attention.

    What pressure are you using?

    The 28c's just feel delicant to me(I've tried to get used to it, been riding on em for about a year), I like the thin fast tires, but most of the low traffic/back roads that I ride on In my area can get pretty rough. I run about 80ish psi in frot and 90 in the rear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    No need to change the rim. Wider tires will fit just fine.

    A wider front may help with what you want, but the improvement will be marginal without a wider rear tire, too.
    The rims, according to the website will only fit up to a 28c, not really looking for a major difference, just wanting to run a little more aggressive front.

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    The manufacturer's recommendation tells you more about what the rim's use case is than what will or won't fit. They're saying "this is a road rim." Some guy with calipers isn't going to come measure your rim and cite you if you use a 35 mm tire. There are some real limits, but for a typical road rim, it's more like 42-45 mm.

    I like 80 and 95 psi too, but I'm using a skinnier tire. What do you weigh? I'm a little over 145 right now.

    I'm a bit of a sucker for fancy tires. On all my bikes, actually, but since we're talking road... I've been using Continental Grand Prix 4000s on my nicer road bike. I could swear they ride smoother than cheap, lower thread count tires. Continental has a very "optimistic" way of reporting thread count - the GP4000 would be described as a 110 tpi tire by anyone else. If you're using the stock tires, look up the thread count. I have Michelin Lithions on another bike and like those okay too. They're not so fancy, so probably cheaper. They were on it when I bought it.
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    Re: 700x28 rear with 700x35 front?

    Quote Originally Posted by zmcrisp View Post
    The rims, according to the website will only fit up to a 28c, not really looking for a major difference, just wanting to run a little more aggressive front.
    I have run everything up to and including 2.6" tires on road width rims with no issues. 35mm tires on your rims is not a problem.

    As I suggested before, if you find the 28s lacking, just replacing the front will not change that.
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