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From the mouth of Caley Fretz, Velo News technical editor.

(4:26 in, if the video doesn't auto-start at that point for you)



 

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When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
 

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Well, if the pros do it, we all must follow. Baaaaah
Yup... so be an individual and dump your carbon fiber frame. :wink5:

Or if you're not riding one, stop lusting after same.
 

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It says they get paid by their sponsors to help promote their latest products.
Nah. They might get sponsored to ride, say, Vittoria tires. But Vittoria doesn't much care if they ride 23mm or 25mm Vittorias. They both sell for about the same $$.

The width part would be the team's choice I'd think, and dependent on conditions and what works best.
 

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When even 130lb tiny professional cyclists don't use 23mm tires on perfect racing roads, it says something.
Yup. Another factor, as mentioned in the vid, is the popularity of the new wider racing rims.

In the old days, you put a 25mm tire on a 19mm rim, and the aerodynamics weren't going to be good. But a 25mm tire on a 25mm rim? Bueno.
 

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This Giro has had the worst conditions of any GT I can remember.
25's with soft compound or rain specific would be the only tire to use.
Downright ugly riding... Especially for late May.
 

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Do they re-pave the courses prior to racing? The only "perfect" surface would be a velodrome. Otherwise, they all deal with public roads, no?
The grand tours always pick the best condition roads in the countries that they can along the desired route.

You'll not find roads like the grand tours get on any public road/highway in the USA. Our roads are built as dirt cheap as possible and wear out fast. Even our interstates.
 

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I have to say that the smaller bike friendly roads around here (NJ) have been repaved significantly in the last 4 or 5 years. It makes for noticeably more pleasant riding on my "old school" 23s. :wink:
 

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