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Old 10-01-09, 09:21 PM   #1
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Anyone put 700s on a 54cm LHT

Although I love my LHT and was glad to have the 26in tires on the Great Divide Trail, now that I ride mostly on pavement in San Diego I am yearning for the giddy-up of 700c wheels. If I place my old road Jamis wheels on the 54cm LHT will it screw up the geometry??

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Old 10-01-09, 10:36 PM   #2
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Although I love my LHT and was glad to have the 26in tires on the Great Divide Trail, now that I ride mostly on pavement in San Diego I am yearning for the giddy-up of 700c wheels. If I place my old road Jamis wheels on the 54cm LHT will it screw up the geometry??

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Luke

Ocean Beach/San Diego
Hi:

I don't own an LHT but I'm sure if you email Surly with this question they'd be more than happy to answer your question. Best to get the goods from the horses mouth.

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Old 10-01-09, 11:12 PM   #3
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will the 700s fit in the frame? how will you make the brakes work as the brakes will be no where near the rims?
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622-559=63mm
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I tried that a few weeks back just to see how it would feel. It's terrible! The frame will be too high up, toe overlap, let alone that the brakes just won't work. However, the wheels do fit and felt like they rolled much "faster" but it's just not a sensible idea. If you had a disc brake mount on the fork then you "could" run a 700c wheel, but even then it just won't ride well.
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Well, perhaps it wouldn't work in every case, but Mavic makes this interesting product:

http://www.mavic.com/mtb/products/br....323944.3.aspx

It allows you to use 700c wheels on a 26" wheel frame. I've no experience with this. I understand this part is relatively hard to find in the USA as well.
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Although I love my LHT and was glad to have the 26in tires on the Great Divide Trail, now that I ride mostly on pavement in San Diego I am yearning for the giddy-up of 700c wheels. If I place my old road Jamis wheels on the 54cm LHT will it screw up the geometry??

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Luke what you are really yearning for is the giddy up feel of a faster set of 26" tires. For a couple years I commuted on a hardtail MTB with 1.1" high pressure slicks. I was as fast as roadies on 700c race bikes in the city. I was always amazed how damn fast this bike was even though it wasn't uber light and it had a suspension fork.
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Although I love my LHT and was glad to have the 26in tires on the Great Divide Trail
Sorry to sidetrack, but how did the LHT handle the great divide? I have a cross check, and I am trying to figure out if I can use it for the Great Divide, or if I should get a hardtail. Thanks.
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The LHT handled very well, but I did make some adjustments on it. Two months before the trip I slept wrong on my neck/back which made it impossible for me use drop bars. So I switched out my drop bars for an albatross bar. While I was doing that I also changed to sidepull breaks. Luckily I did this because I think drop bars would make the ride much more difficult to navigate the terrain. I also switched out the tires for some 2.2's. If and when I do the ride again I will probably use a suspension fork. It took many massages and a couple adjustments to be right again after the ride. I developed a huge knot in my back/shoulder from constantly white knuckling downhills.

However aside from that the bike was a true champion. Always staying in tune and never having nagging issues. I hope this helps. If you have more questions let me know.

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luke what you are really yearning for is the giddy up feel of a faster set of 26" tires.
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Thanks that is helpful. I would probably use a set of on one dirt drops I have kicking around if I used my cross check. They are super wide and would be nice for off roading.

What tires did you use?
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