Mountain Biking - Road Wheels (700c) for a MTB
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I'm wondering if anyone has successfully laced road wheel spokes and rims to their MTB hubs. I'm looking to do some serious double duty on my MTB ('01 Cannondale F700) in the form of utilizing a set each of full off road and on road wheels and tires.
Has anyone done this successfully? Have you done it on a bike with disc brakes (I'm not sure if that this point matters or not).
If so, are any rim/spoke combinations better than others for this type of application?
thanks for all replies...
08-13-02, 08:25 AM
I've NOT done it to my bike, but have thought about it for awhile. I have done it quite a bit for others though. I work at a shop that sells C'Dales and we've taken a customers bike and built up a second set of wheels for them.
If you have discs, you can easily do this. If you've got rim brakes, it's a little more challanging due to the welded brake bosses.
I've seen people put 700c rims on disc hubs and have them fit into most mt bike frames, Cannondale does this and calls them their "Bad Boy" bikes. you can also fit 650c rims if you have clearance problem. You should be fine with your F700.
You'll need to buy the wheels, a second cassette and tires, not to mention disc rotors to make the swap quick and easy.
Me, I just swap out tires. It's much cheaper than buying a second wheelset and tires. There are many companies that are now making 1" tires up to 110 psi that'll fit a 26" wheel. I can change my tires out in about 10 mins, and save myself about $400.00
08-13-02, 09:07 AM
Why on earth would you want to put disc brakes on 700c road rims? Sure it's easier, but man... I could give you my address and you could mail them to me :D
08-13-02, 10:04 AM
I read the review of the "Bad Boy" in Mountain Bike Action and have dreamed of having disk brakes on my road bike ever since! I'm surprised the manufacturers haven't played with this more. Of course, uh .. roadies are a bit resistant to change.
08-13-02, 02:15 PM
Most decent touring bikes have 700c rims on MTB hubs.
Pick a rim according to the spoke count, what size tyre you want to use and how much abuse you intend to give the wheel.
Im not sure that you will get much advantage over 26x1"
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