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sksound5
02-28-2009, 12:30 AM
Has anyone ever built a tadpole with 27" wheels? All the donor bikes I have got off of freecycle have 27 inch wheels. i was planning to build highracers for daughters who are 4'9" and 5'2" but unsure of seat height with large wheels. I would like to keep wheel size same on a bike. I have a wizwheel with 20" all around and a challenge with 20". I have yet to start my first build and want to keep simple as possible.

theDude
02-28-2009, 01:26 AM
I wouldn't. I bent the first rear wheel I put on my streetfox. I took a corner too hard and it bent it so far over it wouldn't roll. I don't think a 27" would stand a chance unless you were REALLY gentle with it.

sksound5
02-28-2009, 02:45 AM
thats the kinda info I need. How about mountain bike rear wheels. thanks dude

theDude
02-28-2009, 03:29 AM
26" mountain rears will work fine. Make sure you stress the spokes a bit and re-snug them all before you take it out.

SirJoey
02-28-2009, 08:18 AM
You could always widen the hubs, ala DeltaWolf.
Then, you could use any wheel you want! :)


http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/7131/sirjoeysigmedij1.gif

comreich
02-28-2009, 02:56 PM
It may be entirely possible to build a StreetFox with a 27" or 700c wheel. That's what on the back of the Catrike 700 -- with 16" up front. From all I've heard of it, the trike is wicked fast.

http://www.catrike.com/700.htm

And if you want to see one the trickest looking 700s on the planet here is Silk from Jay Alex Artis of BentRider Online:

http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/album.php?albumid=21&pictureid=217

So, a 700 or 27" can be done. I'm not sure it's best for the StreetFox design though.