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Old 05-12-10, 01:12 PM   #1
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Dahon Cadenza, 700c conversion?

hi all-
just bought a 2007 dahon cadenza. i was thinking about maybe switching the 26" wheels out for 700c or maybe 650b. i have the parts. was thinking it might make the commute a little faster and the bike a little lighter. has anyone tried such a thing?
anyone with a cadenza able to look and see if it looks possible, without interfering with the fold?
of course, i could wait until the bike shows up and figure it out myself, but i'm too excited right now.
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Old 05-12-10, 01:49 PM   #2
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I would just buy some good, low rolling resistance 26" tires and call it a day.

panaracer pasela, continental GP and schwalbe big apple for instance.

it's hard to judge from the pictures, but a 700c wheel requires (622+23+23)/2= 334mm of fork length to even fit the wheel. It doesn't look like the cadenza has that sort of clearance.
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Calm yourself. :-)

What AEO said. A fork-ectomy and tyre clearance hassle at least. The frame of the Cadenza was designed (by a genius) for 26"s.

Skinny semi-slick 26" medium pressure road tyres are a blast on an urban bike like this. A pair of Conti-Sport Contacts at 85 psi (specced on the 2010 bike and fitted to my 26" urban bike) or similar will have you overtaking the lycra louts away from traffic lights. The Cadenza goes like a train, anyway.
700c wheels don't accelerate as quickly, I tell 'ee. And they look funny.

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Old 05-12-10, 03:57 PM   #4
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I agree with the wise counsel in the two posts above. Some skinny tires would achieve the same goal.

But if you really want to know the answer to your question, it lies within here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=cadenza . Includes pictures to prove it....
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The chaps in the Hybrid forum are debating much the same thing. 26" vs 700c. 'Twould seem that the tyre choice for a 700c Cadenza is limited to a layer of rubber on the rims just two molecules thick. I have ridden both (not on a folder) and as with all else, it seems to be which end of the compromise suits the owner. At the renegade end of street riding, I would fear for the loss of curb-jumping ability on 700c. ;-)

We await another modded Caddy with baited breff. But Will it fold?

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I agree with the wise counsel in the two posts above. Some skinny tires would achieve the same goal.

But if you really want to know the answer to your question, it lies within here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=cadenza . Includes pictures to prove it....
The clearance on top of the tire between it and the fork is tiny...if he hits a bump on that bike...might be lights out.
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We may have to eat our own words. Dahon were parading a single speed Caddy earlier this year, with the premise it could also run 700c wheels.

It has disk brake brackets on the fork and frame though.

My own 26" made by Sc*tt promises the same, but like, with new brakes, and new forks.
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