Since riding the Grand Bois Extra Leger 32s on my winter cross bike, I’ve been waiting for a 25 or 26 mm Extra Leger tire to fit the English 700C. True, the 23 mm tires were available, but 25 mm is the minimum I’ll ride on the crappy roads in my area.
A few weeks ago I got my wish, and I installed them today.
If you’re wondering why my rings are silver: I recently geared down–34/25 wasn’t a useful low gear for my usual rides, which generally include 10,000+ feet of climbing with extended 12% to 22% segments. Although the climbs were survivable, I was wrecking my knees. I couldn’t get the rings I wanted in black, so I’m making do with silver.
Back to tires: The fit is tight in the THM Scapula fork, which is only rated for up to a 25 mm tire. Nevertheless, there is some room to spare.
I’ll report back after a few hundred miles, starting with the 72-mile Peekamoose route, which I’ll be riding tomorrow morning with new companions who haven’t been out that way yet. Peekamoose is a great ride, because you suffer like hell for the first 16 miles; thereafter, it’s high-speed downhill for the next 30 miles.
John, what king of crank is that and when size rings? Looks smaller than 34.
THM Clavicula M3 mountain bike cranks, 46 x 30.
Enjoy the ride my friend!!
Please let us know how they hold up. My 23mm EL’s suffered a torn sidewall on only the 3d ride. Very disappointing. The subject of the 26s came up three times on a ride yesterday. There are a people willing to buy them if they hold up.
Just found your page – lots of reading to do here as I look for some autumn rides in the Catskills. Question for you on that inner ring – does it make the jump up and down OK? That is a massive looking difference between the two.
No problems with the jump–it’s only 16 teeth (same as a regular compact double). If you need any help with selecting a ride, let me know!