Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-29-08, 09:28 PM   #1
dhat
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
26 inch wheels for cyclocross

I intend to buy a cyclocross bike to use for commuting and long audax rides / light touring. Probably salsa la cruz frameset. I like the relaxed seat angle of cross bikes.

Now I have 2 other bikes both with avid disc brakes. If I were to use 26 inch wheels on this bike, I have a few sets of wheels to share between the different bikes - big plus - plus I would not have to buy another set of wheels, tires, tubes etc. With discs the size of the rims is not such an issue as with cantis.

I know this means that the BB will be lower by about 1.25", but still higher than a road bike's BB. It will also make the bike a little more twichy due ot the smaller wheels, but because I will use a fairly long stem, this is probably something I would welcome.

The potential for a decrease in rolling resistance of 26" wheels is also not an issue for me.

Would this work (well)? I do not intend to race ever. Thanks in advance for any advice.
dhat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-08, 10:39 PM   #2
M_S
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 3,693
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can certainly try it. With narrow tires the handling may suck, but worse case scenario is you have to buy 700c wheels. I aint one to stifle someone's creativity.
M_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-08, 10:56 PM   #3
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
if you're not racing, i'd say try it out... what's the harm? a few hours with a wrench?
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-08, 06:55 AM   #4
jfmckenna
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
 
jfmckenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.
Posts: 5,440
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Try it and let us know how it works. Ya got nothin to loose right.
jfmckenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-08, 07:44 AM   #5
flargle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhat View Post
I intend to buy a cyclocross bike to use for commuting and long audax rides / light touring. Probably salsa la cruz frameset. I like the relaxed seat angle of cross bikes.
If you haven't bought the frame yet, why not buy a frame and fork built for 26" wheels? Plenty of options out there (obviously). (If it were me, I'd look at Soma Groove, but that's me...)

If you're building up the bike (which it sounds like), you can set up the cockpit any way you want.
flargle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:52 PM.