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How important is the width?

How important is the width?

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Width is important depending on the type of riding your doing. 21mm tires are more for a time trial or if you are a person who feels really comfortable with turning on a skinner tire. For training I would recommend a 22-23mm tire. Unless your typical training rides are done on relatively straight roads. The smaller the width of the tire used to be considered faster but there was a study done recently saying that if their to narrow they are slower. Yet, you can't go wrong with a training tubular tire for $22.46.

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I agree that that width can make a significant difference...
Narrower is usually faster and lighter.
Wider may perform better in sub-optimal conditions (rain, ditty corners, etc).
The main advantage of 23mm over 21mm, however in my opinion, is comfort on rough terrain such as cobbles or whatnot.