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Small frame -- 650 or 700 wheels?(3 posts)

Small frame -- 650 or 700 wheels?API
Mar 14, 2001 12:15 PM
I'm shopping for a road bike - the basic picture is my torso is sized for a 48c bike, and my legs a 41c (don't laugh TOO hard!) - and I am getting varied advice on whether to go with 650 or 700 wheels. Any opinions out there? What's the difference in ride?

Thanks - api
re: Small frame -- 650 or 700 wheels?Paul N. VA
Mar 15, 2001 3:03 AM
Should be no difference in ride. I once read that the 650 can accelerate faster, and of course, once spinning, more revs due to the smaller size. The 650 (my opinion) would look better then a 700 on a small frame. About the only draw back is maybe price and availability for 650 stuff. Though more popular now.

650Spoke Wrench
Mar 15, 2001 5:36 AM
The issue here is top tube length and toe clip overlap. Using the smaller wheels allows the frame designer to build a frame that has a shorter top tube, that is better porportioned for a smaller rider, without compromising frame angles.

I'm often amused by the number of people who are SURE they won't be able to go as fast on a 650c bike because of the smaller wheels. That's absolute nonsense. Unless you are so powerful that you are constantly riding in your fastest gear, all that you have to do is shift up a gear to compensate for the smaller wheel.

The only drawback for most riders that I can see is you'll have to carry your own spare inner tubes because nobody else is going to have one that's the right size.