Focus Mares CX Tire clearance

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Dennistwowheels
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by Dennistwowheels

Hello all,
Cross is coming ! And I'm on the lookout for a new bike. I'm reading good things about the Focus Mares CX and am just wondering about it's max tire clearance. So I can pop some wider gravel tires in come spring.
Would love to hear from you, also if you have any experiences good or bad with this bike.

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by bearsdidit

I've fit up to 38MM with minimal rubbing.

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by ryanw

I'm running 38c Schwalbe G-Ones on my Mares with no issues at all.

Wouldn't recommend going any bigger though.

I have 33c X-Ones for rainy days.
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by emotive

I am running Clement Xplor MSO 40C on my 2014 Mares AX with ample clearance. For dry gravel I would confidently fit a 42C.


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by wrenegade

Currently running 36mm Clement MSOs with no issues and plan to get the 40mm tubeless versions as soon as Donnelly releases them.

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by commendatore

bearsdidit wrote:I've fit up to 38MM with minimal rubbing.


Any rubbing at all doesn’t inspire much confidence if you so much as pick up a pebble.

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by ryanw

It's clearance by the BB that's the issue.

I would say that you could fit some 40s on 100% straight wheels and still have a few mm either side.

However, as soon as you pick up some mud, it's gunna clog up immediately.

Remember the Mares is a CX bike which should be used with 33c tyres (to legally race on). It's not a gravel bike that allows for huge width tyres.
'16 Cervelo S5 - 6900g
'17 Focus Mares Force 1
'15 Scott Addict Team - 6850g Sold
'17 Cervelo R3D DA - 7580g - Sold
'16 Cannondale CAAD12 DA Disc - 7560g - RIP

Dennistwowheels
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by Dennistwowheels

Thanks for the replies ! Unfortunately the mares I wanted is sold out, which was a force 1 for the same price as a new apex1. So now I'm looking around for other CX bikes, with manufacturer clearance up to 40c. Since I don't (yet ) race any uci- events I would love to go wider than 33c, which all the newly released CX bikes will do.

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by Catagory6

thought i'd tack on to an old thread, instead of starting a new one.

would this frame/fork accommodate 650b with 47mm tires?

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