Author Topic: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?  (Read 4669 times)

Gattopardo

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How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« on: May 07, 2008, 04:17:17 pm »
Or build a hybrid with a mountain bike frame as I have the remains of a trek navigator with a bent frame and want to build it in to a ridgeback mountain bike frame that I have.

Is it possible?  The problems I can see are the brake mounting posts being in the wrong place.  The wheels fit (just).

But is it that easy to do?

Zoidburg

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008, 06:41:04 pm »
Can you get calipers to fit?

Is it drilled?

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 07:12:59 pm »
It should work if you use disk brakes, but using rim brakes I would think that you're onto a loser.

I vaguely remember reading about an adaptor which fits to 559-sized posts and allows V-brakes to be used with 700c wheels, but the cost would probably exceed that of another SH frame.
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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2008, 08:34:55 pm »

Buying  two of these will deal with caliper problem.

I used to ride 700C on a mtb frame using disc brakes. It was fast but remember not to pedal
when cornering, ground clearence was frightening low

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2008, 10:00:09 pm »

Buying  two of these will deal with caliper problem.

Aye, that's what I was thinking of...

But like I said, for £50 you could probably buy another frame...  :-\
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Gattopardo

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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008, 12:34:00 pm »
Can you get calipers to fit?

Is it drilled?

No the frame is a non brake disk one and the wheels wouldn't accept the discs.

Gattopardo

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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 12:34:48 pm »

Buying  two of these will deal with caliper problem.

I used to ride 700C on a mtb frame using disc brakes. It was fast but remember not to pedal
when cornering, ground clearence was frightening low

But aren't 700cc wheels bigger than Mountain bike wheels?

Gattopardo

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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 12:35:12 pm »

Buying  two of these will deal with caliper problem.

Aye, that's what I was thinking of...

But like I said, for £50 you could probably buy another frame...  :-\

Very true.

So would I need a road frame or a hybrid frame?

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2008, 12:52:59 pm »
I managed it - but I fitted drop bars and long-reach brakes similar to these - I'm not using them any more, and I might have them knocking about the attic, if you're interested.

Originally, the only brake I had was a short reach one - about half of it was catching on the tyre's sidewall, which made braking quite interesting...

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2008, 03:23:15 pm »
So would I need a road frame or a hybrid frame?

I'd have thought a Hybrid frame - I assume the wheels you have are quite chunky in the tyre department?
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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2008, 05:27:04 pm »

Buying  two of these will deal with caliper problem.

I used to ride 700C on a mtb frame using disc brakes. It was fast but remember not to pedal
when cornering, ground clearence was frightening low

But aren't 700cc wheels bigger than Mountain bike wheels?



Yes but the tires on the MTB wheels makes them about the same size.
I used 23mm and 25 mm tires and there were still plenty of frame space.

g

Zoidburg

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2008, 05:29:35 pm »
Can you get calipers to fit?

Is it drilled?

No the frame is a non brake disk one and the wheels wouldn't accept the discs.
I meant normal road bike caliper, double pivots or single pivots bolted through the fork crown and rear brace

If the wheels a close fit it might work

Gattopardo

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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2008, 06:07:09 pm »
Can you get calipers to fit?

Is it drilled?

No the frame is a non brake disk one and the wheels wouldn't accept the discs.
I meant normal road bike caliper, double pivots or single pivots bolted through the fork crown and rear brace

If the wheels a close fit it might work
I think they are quite close but there isn't a hole for the centre bolt.

Zoidburg

Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2008, 06:36:16 pm »
Get the drill

 :demon:

Gattopardo

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Re: How easy is it to put 700cc wheels on to a mountain bike?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2008, 10:36:24 pm »
I'll video it and put up the damage on Utube?