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27-inch Wheels: Keep 'Em or Swap-out w/700c? Why? nmmdehner
Jul 21, 2003 10:37 AM
Pros and cons ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 10:59 AM
Against the 27": good tires are getting a little harder to find in this size. They're strictly clinchers, and I think they don't handle quite the pressure as 700c clinchers and tubulars. They're ever so slightly larger diameter, so if you need a fatter tire you can go fatter with 700c.

Against the 700c conversion: Possibly your brakes won't adjust to them. Borrow a set for a few minutes and check this.
keep em.Steve_0
Jul 21, 2003 11:01 AM
why not?

Tire selection is a tad more limited; but can still get some nice conti's and panys (I'm sure a few others, too).

Why replace them before you need to?

FWIW, I have three sets (cheaper than owning three bikes). one 27", two 700c (one raceset, one trailset). I ride the 27" about 99 percent of the time.
Im gonna start using a set of 27's.Trevo
Jul 21, 2003 4:17 PM
I've noticed that theres quite a few choices when it comes to 27inch tires, like above person said; panaracer and continental.

Other choices; IRC and KendaKG 361
Jul 22, 2003 10:07 AM
I have a pr on my Bianchi crosser when I use it on the road. They ride great and grip really well in the rain. Cheap, too. ($19 a tire).
The knobbies that I have on it are Kendas. $10 a tire! =)
re: 27-inch Wheels: Keep 'Em or Swap-out w/700c? Why? nmHung Solo
Jul 22, 2003 4:29 PM
I'm in the same situation and I posted the question to and Sheldon Brown mentioned that going to 700c rims will lower your bottom bracket and your cornering clearance - something that I hadn't considered. He also mentioned the brake issue, which someone else already brought up.

If you find any sources for a reasonably priced wheelset, I'd be interested in hearing about it.
re: 27-inch Wheels: Keep 'Em or Swap-out w/700c? Why? nmSteve_0
Jul 23, 2003 3:35 AM
(of course, that depends on the profile of the 700c tires you choose).
Sources.KG 361
Jul 23, 2003 5:10 PM
I got my rear wheel on e-bay and my front at one of my LBS's. Front is a Svobos hub w/ a Weinmann rim (36 spoke) and rear is a Quando hub w/ a brand "X" rim. Not hi tech-but they work.