Join Date: Oct 2006
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Originally Posted by veryseldon
So, my main question is this: what's the most reasonable way to switch to 700c wheels, and will this require purchasing a new hub, freewheel, brakes, etc? Has anyone done this on a Voyageur (or similar bike from that era) with great success?
Next month will be a year since I bought a 1984 (Non SP) version of the Voyageur.
I have about 2600 miles on it since that time & really like it a lot.
Right off the bat I installed a taller stem & wider bars to get the cockpit to
a more comfortable position that works best for me.
I rode it with the 27" wheels that came on it as well as the rest of the components and it functioned just fine that way
& I enjoyed riding it.
Desiring to go with fatter tires than are available in a 27" size I switched to 700c wheels I had on hand with a 7 speed cog set. So now it has 7 x 3 gearing.
The Dia Compe 981 Canti's adjusted just fine to accommodate the 700c wheels.
I am currently running some 700c x 35 tires on it but shoved some true to size 700c x 38 mounted tires from
another bike and they surprisingly fit just fine.
On the other bike the fatter tires transformed the ride for me smoothing out the rougher sections of pavement
to a significant degree.
I am looking forward to trying them on the Voyageur. It is such a versatile bike suitable to a number of different set ups. I also recently switched to Shimano barend shifters in friction mode.
Didn't invest a lot in the changes I made.
Good luck whichever way you decide to go. It's a great bike in a variety of configurations.
yarper,3 who has become a fan of fatter tires.