Larger Tires on 2021 Vado 4.0 SL

Velome

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To soften my ride on my new 2021 Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 SL I installed 700 x 50 Schwalbe tires. The front was a close fit (1/4”), but the rear was more spacious. I inflated them to the lowest recommended PSI with 35 in the rear and 30 in the front.

On my first ride within 100 feet of my house I could tell that this change was significant. It felt like the bike was floating over the bumps and smoothing out depressions compared to the stock 700 x 38 tires. To determine if this change impacted my range, I rode a route that I had previously ridden with the assist set to “Sport,” for the complete ride. The remaining battery level after the two rides was the same so there was no impact on the range. The tires/tubes did increase the weight of the bike by 2 lbs.

I don’t know if the ride with the new tires is better than one with a suspension seat post and a suspension stem, but it is definitely cheaper. The appearance of the bike with these tires is much better too, imho.
 

Borelij

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Europe
Which model of Scwalbe? Pictures?

I confirm that fork has limited space compared to rear tire.

I tried CONTINENTAL Double Fighter III 29x2.0 (50x622) and it do not fit in front, in fits rear ...
 

Velome

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BIG BEN HS 439 K-Guard for the front and MARATHON E-PLUS on the back.​



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Sefutau2020

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USA
To soften my ride on my new 2021 Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 SL I installed 700 x 50 Schwalbe tires. The front was a close fit (1/4”), but the rear was more spacious. I inflated them to the lowest recommended PSI with 35 in the rear and 30 in the front.

On my first ride within 100 feet of my house I could tell that this change was significant. It felt like the bike was floating over the bumps and smoothing out depressions compared to the stock 700 x 38 tires. To determine if this change impacted my range, I rode a route that I had previously ridden with the assist set to “Sport,” for the complete ride. The remaining battery level after the two rides was the same so there was no impact on the range. The tires/tubes did increase the weight of the bike by 2 lbs.

I don’t know if the ride with the new tires is better than one with a suspension seat post and a suspension stem, but it is definitely cheaper. The appearance of the bike with these tires is much better too, imho.
Nice. I added 700x45c Specialized Borough Sport tires, which definitely improved the ride quality, but looking at these makes me want to go with the wider fit. Yours look great. Thanks.
 

Borelij

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Europe
Did (or can you) measure diameter of front tire? Should be 50mm by specification but depends on rim ... Also, how much space is available to top of the fork? Looks like only a few mm from your photo.

For rear tire did you also use 622x50 size? How much space is left there?

Thanks. Also trying to maximise rubber on Vado SL but tires are too expensive to be wrong ;)