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    Specialized Crossroads??s

    Have a Crossroads frame that I want to build up for my daughter. Am I correct that the rear spacing is 135(Mt bike) and uses a 700c wheel? I went to mount a set of regular road wheels and there is no way. As it is an alum. frame I am concerned about compressing the seat/chainstays? Any thoughts. Some kind of spacers? Different wheels? A wheel made just for this purpose? Toss the whole thing in the bin and start over? Oh, yea, just a general purpose rail to trail bike is the goal.

    Thanks in advance. I also want to say this part of the fourm has been a tremendous help.

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    why fit a set of road wheels when the stock wheelset is designed for the rails to trails purpose? the narrower rim of a road wheelset prevents the fitting of proper off roadable tires, ie anything bigger than 700x28. you should be riding on a crossroads, at least a 32 but more reasonably a 37... as to spacers, no you can only space an axle out that enough threads to do, ie a 3 spd hub. you could space a 135 down to a 130, but would have to redish the wheel.

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    Sorry, NO wheels were with the frame when I got it.

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    Not all crossroads had 700C wheels! Small frames used 26X1.5 tires. I know, I have one and bought it new.

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    Brakes line up for 700c wheels. Mounted a Mt. wheel. Rear hub spacing is 135 but to line up rim brake a 700c wheel is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Brakes line up for 700c wheels. Mounted a Mt. wheel. Rear hub spacing is 135 but to line up rim brake a 700c wheel is needed.

    that's odd. i wonder why specialize would do this?

    ed rader

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    Well when in doubt call your expert LBS. There is a rear wheel made specifically for these type of bkes. 135 spacing, 700c wheel, rim to accept a wider ie. 35 tire. So the $50 bike is starting to get expensive! Rims, rim strips, tires & tubs to fit this bike. What is amazing is that this is a small frame. 15 inch.

    Specialized is not the only one doing this but there seems to be few places to buy such an animal. Any ideas?

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    oilman, if you have access to an american bike shop, they can have j and b, a nation wide distributor, build you a cheapie wheel with a singlewall weinmann rim, stainless spokes, and a mtn spacing rear hub.
    it should be plenty strong enough for the job, just make sure the shop tensions the spokes for you.
    also: 135 rear spacing on comfort bikes is the norm, not an exception. most touring bikes have same...

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    ridlugs ...... thank you. May not be the same wheel but I found one locally for $50. Does this sound about right? An aside question. If this is the standard on comfort bikes, why do you never see these listed on ebay and the like? Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridelugs
    135 rear spacing on comfort bikes is the norm, not an exception. most touring bikes have same...
    Don't forget 29" mountain bikes, which are becoming more popular. 700c rims, mtb hubs, fat 29" mtb tires equals a 29er wheel.

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    why do you never see what on ebay? the wheel or the bike? there are tons of crossroads out there, they have been made for over a decade in more or less thier current form. as to 700c wheels with 135 cassettes, they are very common place, but again mainly on less expensive hybrids like a crossroads or on higher end touring bikes (for strength and hub availibility) and yes, 50 dollars sounds like a good deal, again, just make sure they tension it, and i forgot to mention earlier, but also have them adjust the hub, as they can come either loose or too tight, leading to premature wear or failure

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    Have not noticed wheels only on ebay. Maybe just looking in the wrong place. Why would I buy another whole bike just to get wheels for a $50 frame? Are the 29er wheels 700c size? Just curious.

    I got the frame, and everything but the wheels and rear cassette for $59 and figured I could build up an inexpensive bike for my daughter. Seller had no idea what happend to the wheels. Of course tires and tubes will be needed.

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    FYI: right now there are only 2 29er wheelsets on ebay, both Brontrager Race disc. and 2 sets of touring wheels 27". One new 700c comfort bike wheels 7 speed for $135!!!! Sorry I missed the 700c / 29er statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    FYI: right now there are only 2 29er wheelsets on ebay, both Brontrager Race disc. and 2 sets of touring wheels 27". One new 700c comfort bike wheels 7 speed for $135!!!! Sorry I missed the 700c / 29er statement.
    Yeah, a 29" mtb wheel uses a 700c rim, and they're very versatile. I've got a friend who's got a 29er, and her bike (a Fisher X Caliber) came with 29" x 2.25" tires I believe, but lately she's been running Panaracer Pasela Tourguards in 700c x 32's on the stock rims, for road riding, with no problems at all. The problem, for your purposes I'm afraid, is that the 29" mtb wheelsets are going to be more expensive than what you're going to want to put on your hybrid. And be aware that the 27" wheelsets you mention probably don't have 135mm spacing, more than likely quite a bit less, like 126mm............And this is splitting hairs a bit, especially since the line is kind of blurry between a "comfort bike" and a hybrid, but it's pretty typical for a true "comfort bike" to have 26" wheels, and a true hybrid to use 700c's with somewhat skinnier tires.............Good luck with your project-

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    Bike-nashbar has what you need.
    www.nashbar.com
    In the product search window type in product number YW-XW5.
    Current price is $109.95 for front and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n4zou
    Bike-nashbar has what you need.
    www.nashbar.com
    In the product search window type in product number YW-XW5.
    Current price is $109.95 for front and rear.
    Agreed, and those are nice rims, too. And my experience even with lower end Shimano hubs has always been good.

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    Crossroads Wheels

    YES, THEY ARE SPECIFIC 700C WHEELS WITH MOUNTAIN TYPE HUBS... TRY" REI" GEAR WEBSITE ..THEY SELL ALEX 19 WHEELS FOR ABOUT 50 BUCKS APIECE THAT ARE THE SAME THAT COME WITH THE NEWER CROSSROADS MODELS (700C)..(29er Wheels will work too) Why all this? They are trying to give a !true "hybrid " ride.. road whell speed capability that can take a few (or more) bumps of light trails and city potholes... they are by no means mountain wheels.. but a comprimise.. PS if you use disk brakes then 26 inch mountain wheels will work, but thats another path.

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    Hybrid Wheel Replacement

    Thanks For The Info..they Look Good

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