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Well, a lot of this is driven by the gravel racing gang... the people partying at gravel events are already happy running 40+mm width, or MTB tires, on very wide rims. But there's also a growing segment of people who have figured out that you can have a bike that's a little bit more comfortable off pavement by going wider, without totally compromising speed on the pavement, and it also makes tubeless less likely to blow up in your face.

Zipp and ENVE seem to be in some kind of internal width arms race with the release of the Zipp 303-S, and the ENVE SES AR series rims. I was exaggerating a little bit :) You'll still find many, many road bikes with disc brakes maxing out with clearance for 32mm width, but that's an improvement over their rim brake cousins. But look around in the growing "all-road" segment and you'll find wider tire clearances on road geometry frames showing up.

I am unsure if this hookless is the same hookless that is from way back in the day. With the way things go in the bike industry (cyclically, no pun intended), I wouldn't be surprised if it were.






That was informative; thank you. I’ve been pretty out of touch with the cutting edge for a while.

> I am unsure if this hookless is the same hookless that is from way back in the day. With the way things go in the bike industry (cyclically, no pun intended), I wouldn't be surprised if it were.

I’m sure they’re holding way tighter tolerances in manufacturing now than they were back then at the very least. Probably more on the tire side than the rim side.

You used to have to get matched sets of V-belts for multi-belt applications, table saws being a common one.

Nowadays, people mostly accept that the tolerances are tight enough that you don’t need to do that, at least for the lighter-duty uses.


I’ve gone from 700x25 to 700x35 to 650x42 and I’m never going back. The wider tires are no slower, and a hell of a lot more comfortable. That may be because I am in a land where bad chipseal is good pavement, but even on Germany’s smoooooth roads, they still fly.

The new tubeless rims are different than the old ones, and There’s a lot that went into reducing the variance in the rim the rim / tire interface.




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