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Can I mount new 26 x 1.5 wheels on my old mtb?

Old 06-18-11, 09:33 PM
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Can I mount new 26 x 1.5 wheels on my old mtb?

Mine is an old Raleigh Discovery mtb and I am planning to get a new wheel set for it. The current wheel set should be 26 x 2.75 (yes very wide). Can I get a set of new 26 x 1.5 wheels and mount them on my mtb?
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How old is old? If it's really old there are a couple of considerations.

Back in the 80s a lot of MTBs had 130mm rear triangles, so you could cold set it (assuming steel frame) or just spread it a bit by hand and jam the wheel in there or sometimes you can rearrange the spacers and redish the rear wheel (sometimes the axle will be too long after doing this, however - depends on your dropouts.

Then if it's 6-speed or 5-speed you'll have a bit of a problem finding a cassette. 6-speed cassettes are rare and I dunno if I've ever seen a 5-speed cassette. OR just keep eyes peeled for a freewheel wheelset. Dunno how easy those are to find in 26" these days.

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I just replaced my new MTB Scott Scale 70 that came with Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1 with Schwalbe Marathon 1.5 using the same Alex rims xc-44.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
sometimes you can rearrange the spacers and redish the rear wheel (sometimes the axle will be too long after doing this, however - depends on your dropouts.
yeah i messed with the spacers to fit a 135mm wheel in a 130 frame. redishing was sorta a pain but it's cool now

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-a-130mm-frame
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