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Is it me, or does this Craigslist bike have different sized wheels?

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Old 09-16-18, 05:50 AM
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Is it me, or does this Craigslist bike have different sized wheels?

Not even sure why i clicked on this old heap, but when i did, it looks to me like the front is a larger diameter wheel. I realize the front is a little closer to the camera, so maybe there's that optical trick going on, but I'm really thinking he's got a 26" on the back, and the 27" he mentions, on the front.
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Old 09-16-18, 06:03 AM
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It sure looks like it. I would guess the front wheel is 27" and the rear a 26". But with $150 CL bikes, this kind of thing definitely goes with the territory. Maybe you can talk them down the price of a new wheel.
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Old 09-16-18, 06:08 AM
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Front and rear rims definitely have different profiles. Maybe that is altering the perspective in the photograph.
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Spokes look longer on the front, plus they're built in a different spoke pattern. I would imagine the owner crashed it and replaced a wheel.

Hard to say which wheel is the original, but the rear wheel is built like a road wheel, and all the Trek hybrids I can find on the net have standard spoke patterns on both wheels. So the rear is likely the non-original one.
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Old 09-16-18, 06:42 AM
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Photographic distortion. Brakes are identical and adjusted identically.
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:...... Maybe you can talk them down the price of a new wheel.
LOL! no, I don't actually want the danged thing !!
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And the tires are the same. Looks like a Trek fx which would have 700's. Bet the back wheel was replaced.
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Which leads to the $64,000 question ... WHY was it replaced? Bad crash? Hit by a car? Ridden off a roof? Used in stunt jumps for America's Funniest Home Videos?
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Old 09-16-18, 08:11 AM
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In my experience, cell phone pictures taken close-up are highly distorted. When I want an un-distorted image, I take the picture from a reasonable distance, crop it, and live with the lowered resolution.
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Possible. I knew a guy with a Grandis road bike who put a mountain bike rigid fork on it and rode offroad with a 26" front and 700C rear. He claimed it worked very well.

I think the OP's bike has two different size wheels on it.
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I've noticed 25, 28, 32 values listed, I think that it could be the width in mm. I got nuttin'.
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Optical illusion. The bike has cantilever/vbrakes. If there were a significant difference in rim diameter, brake pads would not line up
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Optical illusion. The bike has cantilever/vbrakes. If there were a significant difference in rim diameter, brake pads would not line up
Exactly, and as I'd already said in a post above. I'd have thought this was the obvious explanation, but it's apparently not obvious to everyone.

For those who believe that the wheels really are different in size, there seems to be a rash of that going around in Cincinnati---see a Craigslist post a few spots down from the other listing:

29er---or not?
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It's not an illusion, the rear wheel really is shorter than the front. It's a mountain bike with a hybrid fork and front wheel on it. "Hybrid" indeed!
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Back in the day, Cannondale mtn bikes had a 24" rear wheel, and 26" front.
The idea was the smaller rear gave better traction.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Exactly, and as I'd already said in a post above. I'd have thought this was the obvious explanation, but it's apparently not obvious to everyone.

For those who believe that the wheels really are different in size, there seems to be a rash of that going around in Cincinnati---see a Craigslist post a few spots down from the other listing:

29er---or not?
just trying to emphasize the previous information.
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Wow, people will argue about anything here.

Nothing new I guess, I have heard of, but never actually seen, any of the epic "Are These Forks Bent?" threads, that reportedly go on forever and ever. These are the stuff of BF legend ...
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Here's a crazy idea. Call or email the seller and ask him or her!
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It's not an illusion, the rear wheel really is shorter than the front. It's a mountain bike with a hybrid fork and front wheel on it. "Hybrid" indeed!
"...but it's apparently not obvious to everyone," including people who say things like "but it's apparently not obvious to everyone."
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Exactly, and as I'd already said in a post above. I'd have thought this was the obvious explanation, but it's apparently not obvious to everyone.

For those who believe that the wheels really are different in size, there seems to be a rash of that going around in Cincinnati---see a Craigslist post a few spots down from the other listing:

29er---or not?
Yeah, forks can be changed to different sizes as well. So no, it's not that obvious.

To me looks like just a perspective effect
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Wow, people will argue about anything here.
That statement is actually incorrect and you are quite wrong, sir!!!! I will argue that point till I die...LOL
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Originally Posted by vtdougie View Post
Here's a crazy idea. Call or email the seller and ask him or her!
Please do not introduce common sense into this thread. We have better things to do than endanger our entrenched positions. Now, go away before I taunt you some more!
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Huh .
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