Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
I have a Dahon SmoothHound mini-velo with 20" wheels. I also ride a 700C Fuji Team Issue. My mini-velo is my training bike, and my Fuji is used for faster rides. The Fuji is about 10% faster, but I think that's due to it being 4 or 5 lbs lighter.
Both bikes perform very well. There is not that much difference between 20" wheels and 700C. While people will argue endlessly about the very small differences between wheel sizes - in wind resistance, rolling resistance and spinning weight, the net difference between the two are virtually unnoticeable to the recreational rider.
There are many other characteristics of bikes that make more difference, IMHO. Bike weight, stiffness, quality of hubs, to name a few.
So choose the bike you want. Don't let wheel size stop you.
The SmoothHound, modified with drop bars and Capreo gearing:
Last edited by SesameCrunch; 01-02-09 at 07:18 AM.