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    put 26" MTB wheels in 700c hybrid frame?

    Hi folks,

    I picked a Univega Via Montega hybrid frame (no fork) from CL for $10. From my searches, I found it it takes 700c wheels. I also have a late 80s Nishiki Ariel (with the seatpost siezed down in the seat tube, looks hopeless) and a 80s or 90s Schwinn Impact; both have forks and good 26" MTB wheels.

    Wondering what would you'd think of trying to put 26" wheels and corresponding fork in the hybrid frame? Wondering what issues this would bring up in terms of the brakes and otherwise.

    I'd like to put together 2 frankenbikes (hopefully 1 MTB, 1 hybrid) out of this mess, to learn more about bike mechanics and have fun.

    Thanks!

    PD
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    The brakes won't reach the rims.

    Getting brakes long enough to work will probably be far more work and money than finding 700c wheels for it.

    But hey, if the goal is bicycle mechanics...

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    And it would drop your BB a good bit, to the point where clearance could be an issue.

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    Good to know, thanks for the insights! Will probably just donate the hybrid frame to Working Bikes and have fun swapping parts on the 2 MTBs.
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    Just get 700c wheels and fork for it and leave it as a hybrid.
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    Update: I found a used women's Fuji hybrid bike with 700c wheels and fork and a complete set of components to build up the Univega frame. Woo hoo!

    Hopefully the fork from the Fuji will fit the steer tube of the Univega frame (fingers crossed) and everthing else fits together ok.

    PD
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