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26" Wheel/ATB Fixed?

meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
edited January 2008 in Road general
Probably a bit infradig round here, but anyone running one? I want to get fixed (again) and want the wheel size compatability (both my geareds are 26ers).

I've built/owned more than a few fixeds, but any tips/hints specific to small wheelers welcome.
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    Suppose you could get a fixed hub put onto 26" rims. See you lbs
  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    True - and I do have a reasonably suitable hub in a 700 wheel and in relatively rare 135 OLN form! So phase 1 will be building into a 26" (shan't bother with LBS though).

    Difficult bit it seems is getting a suitabe frame. Plenty of cheapish stuff for 700s (even cheaper for 27s!), but s/s specific mtb frames tend to the exotica and old horizontals are so cheap that no-one bothers selling them! Carrera Subway 8 is best bet, but being hub braked no mountings for Vs.

    A Kona Unit would be ideal, but pricey!

    Perhaps I have thought of all the options?
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  • I built a 26'' MTB bike a short while ago. The main problem - as you might realise - is chain tension.

    If you are looking for a cheap frame, and are not worried about the OLN dimension, an old - but not necessary poor quality - frame is the way to go. Specific fixed hubs are 120 mm.

    If you cannot find such a thing and as you are in Nottingham (according to your profile) try a visit to the sales in Newark - on a Wednesday - where they have auctions of bicycles. They are usually bikes that no one wants and a virtually complete MTB that could be of use might cost you £10.

    Sales are close to the Castle, just over the river trent from the town centre.

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    so what are you wanting to do on the fixie? there are many SS mtb frames out there with the ability to run fixed.

    eg.. http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... d-08-27989

    then identiti do the Hyde that has horizontally adjustable vertical dropouts that could be ok.

    So a ridged or a front sus Fixie?
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  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    True, but as I said "s/s specific mtb frames tend to the exotica" - AND thus to the expensive!
    I'm thinking cheap! A 50 quid complete OLD atb (horiz d/outs and a screw on hub) would be fine, but not many on sale. S/s conversions are of course dirt cheap.
    Seemingly cheaper to do a 700/27" wheeled fixed conversion.
    Though I'm tracking a f'set on th'bay!
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  • D.J.
    I have an old Philips tourer with 26 x1 3/8 or 37-590 tyres on.
    Its a single speed, so could be fixed, I believe the wheel is a different size 26" to mtb, but if you are going fixed you won't need to worry about a rear brake.
    Its a nice old bike in need of lots of work to get on the road, but with some nice parts.
    I am just outside Nottingham, you are welcome tohave a look at it, and make me an offer.1989658956_6771a2a0d7.jpg?v=0
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  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    Thanks velo - but a little too "retro" even for me I fear!
    d.j.
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  • meagain wrote:
    Thanks velo - but a little too "retro" even for me I fear!

    Ah well, must get round to doing the work on it myself someday.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    meagain true was not aware of the limitations. i am thinking of turning my old '84 ATB fixie. cant remember the OLD on that as originally it was a 5spd rear and ended up as a 7spd iirc1

    happy hunting.
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