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26 inch wheels for cyclocross

Old 06-29-08, 09:28 PM
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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.
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Old 06-29-08, 10:39 PM
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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.
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if you're not racing, i'd say try it out... what's the harm? a few hours with a wrench?
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Try it and let us know how it works. Ya got nothin to loose right.
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Originally Posted by dhat
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.
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