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    Cycle Cross bike with 26" wheels

    Anybody aware of a cycle-cross bike with 26 inch wheels? I like the tire choices available for 26" wheels.
    I would prefer a cro-moly frame, but could make do with aluminum.
    I looked at the Surly LHT, but the 26" wheels are only available on the smaller frame sizes.
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    For a pure cyclocross bike, many more tire options exist for 700c wheels. Otherwise, I assume you would be running mountain tires, which really aren't so great for 'cross, or at least not for racing.

    What exactly would you be using this bike for?
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    I'm not aware of a production CX bike designed for 26" wheels. You might keep looking down the touring path though, since several companies make 26" touring bikes. That's not this sub-forum, though.

    If you're willing to build your own bike, find a 26" wheeled mountain frame with a rigid fork. Craigslist is your friend here, as you peruse the dozens of mid-90s Speshy Hardrocks, Trek 820s, and GT's available. Then, spec it out yourself, using this as your guide. I did the same thing to get my start racing, and though it was ridiculously heavy, it was also ridiculously fun, and very unique.

    Consider though, that like goofy has stated, there are a lot more CX type tires available for 700c wheels than for 26" (Schwalbe, Kenda, and Club Roost make 26" narrow knobby tires, that's all I'm aware of.). If you'd like to move up to 1.9 or 2 inch tires, your options increase greatly, but you're really riding a drop bar MTB in that case. Not all that bad, probably still a lot of fun, just not really a CX bike.

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    Its called a mountian bike......

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    Quote Originally Posted by pismocycleguy View Post
    Anybody aware of a cycle-cross bike with 26 inch wheels? I like the tire choices available for 26" wheels.
    I would prefer a cro-moly frame, but could make do with aluminum.
    I looked at the Surly LHT, but the 26" wheels are only available on the smaller frame sizes.
    Thanks,
    PCG
    You'll most likely have to either build your own by buying a rigid 26" MTB and swapping the bars for drops or buy a 26" hardtail MTB frame and rigid forks and then build it up using a standard CX build.
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    How about a 650B wheel....... ?

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    Okay, so 26" just wasn't good enough on a mountain bike so people are going to 29" tires that roll better and blah blah blah. But then the touring and cyclocross types are saying 700 isn't good enough lets go to 650, or 26" inch tires because they have better traction and blah blah blah.

    Oh sure when you're cycling through the farmlands of the Qatar you will have an easier time finding replacement 26" tires at X-mart. But whatever. Does Qatar even have farmlands? I had a point I was trying to make but I forgot what it was a long time ago. Maybe you could put 26" on the back, and 29" and have better traction, and roll better at the same time. Whatever, I'm going to sit and be quiet now.

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