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- Jun 2021
vibrating bike (and rider) is absorbing energy that reduces the bike’s speed.
The narrower tires, the more vibrations
And since we now have very similar tires in widths from 26 to 54 mm, we could do controlled testing of all these sizes. We found that they all perform the same. Even on very smooth asphalt, you don’t lose anything by going to wider tires (at least up to 54 mm). And on rough roads, wider tires are definitely faster.
Wider tires performe as well as the narrower ones, but they definitely perform better on rough roads
Tire width influences the feel of the bike, but not its speed. If you like the buzzy, connected-to-the-road feel of a racing bike, choose narrower tires. If you want superior cornering grip and the ability to go fast even when the roads get rough, choose wider tires.
Conclusion of a debunked mth: Wide tires are NOT slower than the narrower ones