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Low Profile Tyres. Can you explain the advantages and disadvantages?


For the same overall circumference, the smaller the wheel the greater the amount of tyre between rim and road, so the better the ride comfort.

As you go to bigger wheels and increasingly lower profile tyres, ride quality decreases and you run an increasingly greater risk of damage to the tyres or to the rims on potholes, etc.

Low profile tyres are also much more expensive than deep profile tyres.

And in most cases they rob the steering of 'feel'.

The main advantage is showoff 'bling', like men wearing gold necklaces and women wearing tasteless jewellery.

There is a slight advantage on a race track.


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