Not a folding bike, but this seems to be the spot for 20"ers...
I've had a thing for the Cannondale Hooligan, ever since I saw it on their website years ago. Reluctant to buy anything sight unseen tho', and I've never found a Cannondale shop that had one in stock, so I've held off. In the meantime, I've been intrigued by several forum threads on mini-velos. One particular thread had a bunch of pics of full-size MTB's with 20's that I really liked, so that got the seed planted. Here's mine, just finished this week by my LBS. Local shop had a used Raleigh RAM 1.0 for $150. 10yrs old, but in really good shape, and if things didn't work out well I wouldn't be out too much money. Went with Sun Rhino Lyte 406 x 29 wheels & 1.95 hookworms, on 36 spoke disc hubs. I very happy with it! I was shocked how fast it accelerates, and rides pretty nicely with the full suspension. The 175mm cranks are way too long; I scrape pedals just barely leaning the bike. I also wanted to go with a single front sprocket to simplify things, but on the current old-style setup all 3 are riveted together. So my LBS is ordering a single sprocket & 152mm crank assembly from one of their child-sized mountain bikes.
I call it my supermoto; in the motorcycling community, a supermoto is a dirt-bike with smaller diameter sportbike wheels & tires.
very cool! serendipitous, as i was just reading about these conversions after looking at pics of the kuwahara gap. here's another beauty:
Originally Posted by P7HVN
26/20 front rear combo is also cool , steer with bigger wheel and smaller, stronger , drive wheel..
the main issue with just putting a 20" wheel in a 26" frame is dropping the BB height 3 inches.
9" is pretty Low if originally 11"..
Last edited by fietsbob; 05-06-14 at 01:52 PM.
Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc
Bravo - this thing is excellent!
Not often mentioned on traditional lists of disc brake advantages, "select-a-rim-size".
Thanks! I think it turned out quite well.
Originally Posted by LittlePixel
Yep. And like the earlier supermoto reference, could run 20's for around town, then put back on the 26's for "real" mountain-biking...
Originally Posted by jmm
Interesting thread, there has been no update, recently?
I have a question regarding this build:
Assume you could unscrew the screw that links the rear suspension link with the seatstays. Could you then rotate the rear wheel (plus seatstays, plus chainstays) into a position such as:
or would the pivot point not allow such a big rotation?
Last edited by FlyingPigeon; 05-06-14 at 12:32 PM.