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    Road/audax frame for 26" wheels

    I used to have a great bike built on 26" wheels. The frame went and I replaced it with a road bike.

    Much regretting that, as the light-weight road components and wheels aren't handling my commute very well.

    So I'm looking for a replacement frame.

    Fairly light, not an off-road bike, to take dérailleur gears, cantilevers and 26" wheels.

    Anyone have any suggestions for an off-the-peg frame?

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    Surly Cross Check or Long Haul Trucker maybe?

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    What are the specs on your current wheels? I would think most any custom wheelbuilder could spec a 700c wheelset capable of almost any commute. Do you have something in mind that you'll be using in lieu of your current road components? If you want a *road* frame that meets your criteria, I doubt you'll find many non-custom choices. The LHT, as mentioned, is now offered in 26" for all frame sizes.

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    LHT is too heavyweight. I'm after a faster bike. Imagine something you'd feel happy talking PBP on.

    The 700c frame I have is 130mmOLN rear, which means road hubs. I've been very underwhelmed by their reliability and durability compared to, say, Deore XT.

    I have a set of good handbuilt 26" wheels on Deore XT hubs, and other components.
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    I thought the cross check was a 700c frame?

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    Are you insisting on cantis?
    For 26 there are plenty of rigid MTB around. Most have V-brakes now.
    you could also make any number of lighter MT frames rigid by getting a on shock fork. Then you'd have 26" wheels, and a light frame. Get road drops and you're good.
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    Not insisting on cantis, but conversely I haven't seen many MTB frames that I'd put in the 'lively' category on the road; but then I don't know much about modern MTB frames, hence the asking.

    Oh, I should have added that I'm after a new frame, not 2nd-hand.

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    How about the Thorn Sherpa? It's more of a drop-bar tourer than a road/audax bike, but it fits your criteria of 26" wheels and less beefy than a mountain bike.

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    Maybe one of Bruce Gordon's offerings? www.bgcycles.com
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    If you are in the UK, the best bet would be Roberts for a custom frame. There are plenty of other custom framebuilders but Roberts do a lot of Audax and 26" road bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairytoes View Post
    Not insisting on cantis, but conversely I haven't seen many MTB frames that I'd put in the 'lively' category on the road; but then I don't know much about modern MTB frames, hence the asking.

    Oh, I should have added that I'm after a new frame, not 2nd-hand.
    That's too bad, as an old-school ATB frameset from the late 80s/early 90s or a first generation hybird frameset seem to be just what your after.
    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    OK, so how about a road bike made for 650 size wheels? Road geometry, road everything and then you could probably make any 26" wheel you want fit in there... ?
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    hmm. Nothing really jumping out.

    However, nomad, how about shipping your poprad to me? I'm sure I could 'make do' on that.

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    you send me $400 and ill send you the frame

    Actually it might be up for sale soon. I think i need a size smaller due to Lemond's geometry having a long top tube.
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    Stop, now!

    It's too bloody tempting.

    what size is it?

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    55cm st with 56cm tt
    White with green panels and lettering is stunning to look at (to my eyes).


    I'm still hoping to get a road frame and put 26" cruiser tires on it with a SS coaster brake. Think that'd be a cool cruiser.
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    Try the touring forum.

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    Thank the lord, it's too long in the st for me!

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    In smaller sizes the crosscheck is set up for 26" wheels.

    If it's really road hubs vs. MTB hubs I know of people who've removed spacers from a Deore hub, and cut or replaced the axle with a shorter one to get around the narrower spacing problem.

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