Wider Tyres for Road Bikes

Road Bike Tyres Getting Wider

Discover the optimum pressures for your tyres and improve your performance

1 For best performance, a tyre must run at optimum pressure levels, which depends on the road surface, conditions and rider weight. Reducing pressure means that less power is required to produce the same speed on rough roads because the tyre can deform and absorb road shock more efficiently.

For best performance, a tyre must run at optimum pressure levels, which depends on the road surface, conditions and rider weight.
For best performance, a tyre must run at optimum pressure levels, which depends on the road surface, conditions and rider weight.

2 A wider tyre is also taller off the rim, giving more suspension and subsequently greater comfort to the rider, which is especially important for long sportive riding.

3 A wider tyre offers the sensation of increased sturdiness, delivering a better feeling of stability, and minimising the risk of impact punctures.

4 A wider tyre has more contact with the road to improve traction performance. What’s more, it’s in all the right places (in the shoulder area as well as in the centre), whereas a narrower tyre has a longer thinner contact area, which means less shoulder grip.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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