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Old 03-12-10, 10:49 AM   #1
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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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Old 03-12-10, 05:43 PM   #2
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Surly Cross Check or Long Haul Trucker maybe?
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Old 03-12-10, 06:41 PM   #3
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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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Old 03-13-10, 08:44 AM   #6
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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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Old 03-14-10, 01:49 AM   #7
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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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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.
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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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Old 03-15-10, 03:52 AM   #12
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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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Old 03-15-10, 07:37 AM   #14
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Stop, now!

It's too bloody tempting.

what size is it?
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Old 03-15-10, 12:33 PM   #15
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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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Old 03-15-10, 02:48 PM   #16
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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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