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Smaller wheels(4 posts)

Smaller wheelsDougal
Mar 8, 2001 7:13 AM
Will smaller wheels be weaker in any way?
In this case I've got a TT bike with a 24 inch front wheel. The bike handles fine and I really like the feel of it. What I'm wondering is are there any down sides to having smaller wheels in an every day sense ie more puntures, wheels going out of true, stuff like that.

I know they're not UCI legal by the way...
stronger?Dog
Mar 8, 2001 7:32 AM
From what I've read, smaller wheels are actually stronger (all else equal).

Downsides? More difficult to find tires and tubes; may be twitchier; worse rolling on rougher roads; may feel stiffer.

You're planning on riding a TT bike every day?

Doug
Not that daft :-)Dougal
Mar 8, 2001 7:40 AM
No, I was just wondering what problems I would find with it over time. I've got a supplier for parts (the shop I bought the bike from) so I thnk I should be OK.

I actually met 4 couriers in Vancouver when I was over there who rode with smaller front wheels every day. Three of them had 650c, but one had a 24 inch that he said he loved mainly form the accelration point of view.

Thanks for the input Doug.
Not that daft :-)dave hickey
Mar 8, 2001 10:40 AM
I have an old funnybike with a 24" wheel. The wheel is a 36 hole sun rim with Ultegra(600) hub. Its bullet proof the strongest wheel I own.
Getting tubes or tires is not a problem, but I pay a little more.