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You would be looking for a dark grey 4.5 for factory spec correct?

 

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1 hour ago, Twin AH said:

You would be looking for a dark grey 4.5 for factory spec correct?

 

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Aren't all the LongFrame (2002 and on) rear wheels 5.5"?

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What is the tire size on your wheel ?

 My red frame has the 4.5'' and the black frame has the 5.5" wheel .   I will go outside and get the tire sizes and post 

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2002 spines should have a 5.5" rear rim with a 180/55-17 size rear tire 

Unless a different size tire has been put on 

 

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The red frame ( 2001 )  tire size is 160/60-ZR17 and the black frame ( 2003ish) tire size is 180/55-ZR17 .

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20 minutes ago, gstallons said:

The red frame ( 2001 )  tire size is 160/60-ZR17 and the black frame ( 2003ish) tire size is 180/55-ZR17 .

Yeah, so RedFrames (and Rosso Mandello) were delivered with 170, but lots of folks have dropped to the 160. The LongFrames were delivered with 180 and, similarly, many have fitted 170.

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19 hours ago, docc said:

Yeah, so RedFrames (and Rosso Mandello) were delivered with 170, but lots of folks have dropped to the 160. The LongFrames were delivered with 180 and, similarly, many have fitted 170.

Why the smaller tire ?

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Some have found the handling improved. Lots of opinions that a 170 on a 4.5 inch rim was just done to get in on the wide tire craze. Same for the 180 on the 5.5.

Also, you can look at the way the sidewall pinches in and affects the thread profile with the wider tires. So, the 160 (on the  4.5) has a “rounder”, more natural profile.

As usual: YMMV, riding preferences differ, and no small furry animals were harmed making this post. 

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