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Old 09-26-16, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
Thanks for the reference.

FYI, my ex-GF is 5' even and rides a 42cm LHT. She really likes it.
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Old 09-26-16, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
Thanks for the replies.

Now to make things complicated: If I go to a 26" wheelsize, should I order a frame that is a bit bigger? I've been riding a 43cm Tourist for the past 6+ years. If the wheels are smaller, my standover would be shorter.
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Old 09-26-16, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
Thanks for the replies.

Now to make things complicated: If I go to a 26" wheelsize, should I order a frame that is a bit bigger? I've been riding a 43cm Tourist for the past 6+ years. If the wheels are smaller, my standover would be shorter.
Standover height doesn't matter. You don't ride the bike while standing over it. Once you're seated, the geometry of the fit is what matters. It doesn't matter what the top tube height is in relation to the ground. Therefore 26" vs. 700c debate regarding fit is a moot point. It simply won't affect fit.

The only thing to consider is toe/tire overlap. You may have it with 700c. You probably won't with 26".
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Old 09-26-16, 10:51 AM
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Just completed Western Canada with 26" wheels. As Borat would say: "it's very nice.. very nice".
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Old 09-26-16, 12:46 PM
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I'm assuming the 26" is a standard 559?

If so, yes, I think they are slightly slower than my 27" bikes, but not in any way that would preclude me from using them, especially if I got down narrower than my current 1.75" commuter tires. Almost took mine on my first trip, but I was worried about boxed weight on an airplane, it being rather heavy.
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Old 09-27-16, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Not particularly. The main issue people run into with 26ers on pavement is that the choices for fast road tires are very limited. If you were planning on getting a thick touring tire anyway, this isn't a problem. And if you were planning on getting a supple high-performance tire... well, there's Compass. My bike with 26x2.3" Compass tires seems perform about the same as my Emonda ALR 5, at least cruising on level ground (it's a much heavier bike on the whole).


A bike that's been designed for 26" wheels should handle fine with 26" wheels.

Actually, since 26ers are usually built up with massively wider tires, if anything they can corner significantly better. Bigger contact patch gives more confident, consistent grip.
Plenty of good options exist for road+26ers.
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Old 09-27-16, 11:38 AM
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Say OP u should buy that Co-Motion it's a hell of a bike buy it quick before someone else does.
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Old 09-27-16, 02:51 PM
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I have a 56cm LHT with 26 inch rims and love it. I wouldn't sweat the wheel size.
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Old 09-27-16, 07:07 PM
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I've converted a number of 26" wheel MTB bicycle to road touring bikes with drop bars over the last few years. One really great thing about a cbike designed for 26" x 2.0" tires is that if you put 1.5" tires on you have plenty of clearance for fenders. You also have the versatility of being able to fit pretty wide tires if you want. A 2.0" wide tires is about the same swidth as 50mm 700C tire.

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Old 09-27-16, 08:14 PM
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Panaracer T-Serv PT in 26"X1.75" is a very nice riding and affordable tire. I've got that in the front and a 1.6" Schwable Supreme in the rear.
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Old 10-01-16, 04:38 AM
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Old 10-01-16, 01:41 PM
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I take my folding MTB w/26" wheels touring all the time. In fact, I use it for just about everything.

With thinner more road-oriented tires it doesn't really feel any slower than my *actual* road bike, it just takes a little longer to get up to speed since it's significantly heavier. In any case, I wouldn't get too hung up on wheel size. How large a tire your frame can take and possible tire availability issues would be bigger concerns to me.
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Old 10-04-16, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
........As mentioned, 26 will give you more room for toe overlap and fenders issues, and one of the bonuses is that a 26in wheel compared to a similarly built 700 wheel is slightly stronger due to teh shorter spokes, but given that you want to pull a trailer, its probably not an issue.
This. Plus an LHT or Disc Trucker in your size will only be available with 26" wheels.
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