I ride a cyclocross bike for commuting but want it to go faster! Instead of buying a new road bike, I'm thinking about new wheels & tyres. My journey is pretty flat at the moment.

The currents wheels are 700 * 35 and its using a 9 speed cassette with disk brakes.

So my question is, what are my options do I have , how small a tyre can I fit to the 35 wheel ?

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    Quite a lot of tyres listed here: bicyclerollingresistance.com; it's not just the size which counts
    – stijn
    Sep 16, 2017 at 11:54
  • What is the tooth count of your current crank? Are you currently overspinning while trying to increase your speed?
    – mikes
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:04
  • no over spinning, 50-34 Sep 16, 2017 at 15:42

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Its not the size of the tyre, its the knobliness and the rolling resistance.

Assuming 35 is the tyre size then you have a 15-24 mm rim, based on this DT Swiss PDF and maybe could go as far as a 20mm tyre. This is rim width dependant though.

Realistically, a smooth 28-25 mm tyre will give you a more comfortable ride than a narrow tyre, and will roll just as fast if not faster.

CX bikes are fine for commuting - a road bike might be slightly faster but often takes away things like fender/mudguard mounts, or rack mounts which add to the overall comfort of your ride.


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