Is my thinking way off here?
I'll be ordering a custom frame (≈58cm) later this year. The basic build would be the same as my present (old) bike, fine for paved touring in europe, the USA, Oz etc where I'll probably be for the most part in the future
- 700c wheels on 135mm XT hubs
- dual pivot caliper brakes
- max 32mm tires
- no fenders
- threaded headset
Well so I got to thinking (always a risky moment)... why not get the frame set up for Asia, Africa, S. America AS WELL?!!!
- 26" wheels
- cantilever brakes
- wider tires
This would mean:
- cantilever bosses lower on the fork and seat stays
- wide fork crown and chainstay
To make the transition would mean changing:
brakes and brake levers
...and putting on fenders
all in all, shippable amounts of stuff if I wanted to swap in mid (round-the-world) tour.
With a threaded-to-threadless stem adapter it would be easier to change set ups (maybe even two ready-to-go handlebars)
So... anything I'm missing? Is this silly trying to make a "jack-of-all-trades"? - or pure genius?
Thanks for any input
p.s I guess if I got 132.5mm rear spacing I could even put 130mm wheels with 23mm tires on for randonneuring when at home