Treat yourself to a smoother, more confident ride with a set of 28mm tires
Tires, and tire pressure, are the easiest and least expensive way to change the way your bike rides. Bigger tires are smoother, better at absorbing shock, generally more resistant to flatting, and provide more traction.
This is why, a couple of years ago, road bikes started appearing in shops with stock tires measuring 25mm instead of 23mm. Now, thanks to the wanderlust that’s taking more of us off-pavement, and our collective growing desire to ride longer and more comfortably in more conditions, 28 is starting to become the new 25. (Extra clearance on an increasing number of road frames with disc brakes means it might not be long before 30 or even 32 become popular, but for now 28mm is what fits into modern road frames with short-reach rim brakes.)
1. Vittoria Rubino G+
Rolls quickly and provides good feedback, with a smooth, damped ride.
$56, 280g, 28.1mm
2. Continental GP4000s II
Plumps out to a whopping 30mm, making for a velvety ride and great grip if you can fit it into your frame.
$70, 254g, 30mm
3. Clement Strada LGG
A steadfast performer: light, reasonably durable, provides decent grip and a relatively smooth ride.
$50, 247g, 28.3mm
4. Bontrager R3
The lightest, narrowest, and fastest-feeling of the group, with reflective sidewalls for extra visibility.
$55, 246g, 27.7mm
All tires were measured at 100 psi on rims with 17mm internal width.