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Replace rear 700c with 26 or not

nordle1nordle1 Posts: 9
edited August 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
I've got a 2009 Claud Butler Urban 200 on standard Kenda 42-622 700x40c and v-block breaks.

I like the bike very much as a compromise for 50mile cycle routes and also some rocky hills / forest track.

Have thrown the bike off 200 miles of rocky, shingle, tree rooty hills. Amazingly not had a puncture (brambles + stones everywhere). However, have now snapped a spoke and slightly bent rear wheel.

It was a cheap (£200) bike. If I want to give it abuse and not break it is there any mileage in changing the rear 700c for a 26? Or would buying a better quality 700c wheel be better?

Maybe Mavic A719 or A319. Go from 24 to 36 spokes.

Wiggle are selling a Shimano Deore/Mavic A319 built with 36 DT Swiss spokes for £72.

Any advice appreciated :)


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    if you want to go to a 26" rim you will need to fix disc brakes.

    the V´s will not reach.

    a lot of MTB are now going to 29" (mtb talk for 700c wheels)

    yep new 36 spoke wheel would be my option.
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  • nordle1nordle1 Posts: 9
    Cheers Nicklouse, I didn't realise that 29'ers were iso 622 and 700c in all but name. In my head I thought 700c was 28.

    Learning new stuff each day :)

    I'll try and fix the wheel with a new spoke and see how/if it lasts. Gives me some time to save for a 36 spoked wheel.

    Discs would be nice, but not an expense I can really justify........Although I did burn the last set of blocks in < 120 miles... so maybe blocks are a false economy.
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