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has anyone ever installed road wheels on a mountain bike?(12 posts)

has anyone ever installed road wheels on a mountain bike?yzfrr11
Dec 31, 2001 3:27 PM
I ride pretty much exclusively off road but I would like to take a few road rides this spring with my "roadie buddies". Short of buying a road bike, has anyone ever fitted a mountain bike with road wheels?
Thanks, Rick
re: has anyone ever installed road wheels on a mountain bike?yzfrr11
Dec 31, 2001 3:33 PM
I have used road slicks mounted to mountain bike rims in the past, but I am looking for a much faster wheel.
I haven't but.....6828
Dec 31, 2001 3:46 PM
From what I understand about doing something like that, you may find your V brakes not aligning with the rim.

You'd just be better off in my opinion buying a set of slicks and putting them on your current rims.

If you have the money to buy a road bike buy one, it will change your attitude to MTB'ing, and make you a better overall rider.

re: has anyone ever installed road wheels on a mountain bike?firstrax
Dec 31, 2001 4:31 PM
use slicks, slightly over inflate them and lock out your suspension (if possible)
I just tried thatTheMaxx
Dec 31, 2001 4:39 PM
I thought it would be cool to put road wheels on my old mountain frame for my beater bike. I like the frame, but I like the speed of road wheels. I finally built it last week. The problem is the brakes. You need to find brakes that adjust really far up. The two I know of are Paul's(Expensive)and Onza's(Out of production). I found some Onza's, and they work, but their are small problems. They work, but they squeel really loud so far. I think it is from the extra distance between the brake bosses and the pad. There is a lot of vibration. I'm still working on it.
There is a local messenger here...Ahimsa
Dec 31, 2001 4:44 PM
...who has done this to an older (and ugly as sin) Cannondale MTB frame. He runs one brake on the front that is pretty much the only one he could find that he would be able to dial in correctly for 700c. He said the rear would require more monkeying than he was willing to try.

It works for him, but this is a guy who rides every single day for a living, is a former wrench, is highly skilled, and can tear his whole bike down to bare frame in probably ten minutes. If you are not "that guy", or not even close to being "that guy", then your best bet is to buy a cheaper used road bike.

Better yet, buy a nice used road bike. I promise you will never regret it.

Why stick your toe in the water when you should just dive in, eh?


I haven't, but I've seen this setupchar
Dec 31, 2001 6:07 PM
I have seen a few mountain bikes setup with 650c wheels instead of 700c, and one had sewups. Very fast, ok, faster than myself.
Sorta ...Humma Hah
Dec 31, 2001 7:10 PM
... I have a set of 26" MTB wheels on which I've put 26 x 1.25" tires with a semi-slick tread. Pumped up nice and hard, they did speed the 3x7 MTB up a bit. On my best effort on a good, repeatable 20 mile course and light wind conditions, it averaged 0.67 mph faster than my best effort on my cruiser (fatter tires and 10 pounds heavier).

The cruiser, in turn, will consistently out-dive most roadbikes on a downhill, fat tires and all, provided I get myself into a good tuck. Tire drag is important, but its not the main thing.

Road tires will help, probably get you up to "recreational rider" speeds. If your buddies are go-fast roadracers, they'll waste your butt because of a distinct aerodynamic advantage. At speed, its all aerodynamics.
road slicks for MTB rims work okay!guido
Dec 31, 2001 8:55 PM
I went with a crazy friend to Hottern' Hell Hundred. He rode the 62 miler on his MTB with 26x1.50 road tires, pumped to 95 psi. They didn't slow him down at all (Well, he was PUMPED!) on the flat terrain drafting the hundreds of other hammerheads. His time was respectable. The only thing he complained about was the lack of hand positions on the bars, and that's another reason you'd want a road bike.
Dec 31, 2001 9:56 PM
One of my riding buds has put 650 wheels on his Trek 8500 and has no problem....I put Verdestein(?)slicks on my Trek 8000; they're rated for 90psi....
here's how to get around the brake issue...Noodles
Jan 1, 2002 7:51 AM
just buy a set of MTB hubs that have mountings for disks. build them up w/ some mavic openpro's.
can be doneJack S
Jan 2, 2002 8:39 AM
if rear spacing will work you can use disc brakes.