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A few thoughts on 26inch versus 700c on my Scissor

So I’ve been riding this new setup for a couple of days now and I have to say I’m not 100% sure I’m gonna stick with it although I’m definitely going to give it a little longer.

As I suspected I have a lot more pop and can bunny hop higher and more easily and of course I have more clearance. There are however several downsides. I’m now going to bore you with them…..

Firstly these smaller wheels have messed up my wheelies as I now have a different balance point. Of course, I can adapt and get round this but it’s still annoying.

Secondly, and more importantly, my bottom bracket is now stupidly low as this frame is not designed to take 26 inch wheels. So I have a far greater risk of pedal strike. In fact I gave myself a bit of a fright dropping into a bowl today and catching a pedal. Now that may be my shoddy technique (it was my first try) but I’d definitely feel more comfortable with less chance of clipping my pedals.

One of the other things I was looking to address was the problem of frame size; namely the fact that my frame is too big and doesn’t come in a smaller size. Well now I have smaller wheels I can actually stand over my frame and I’m less likely to fall off and hurt myself on the top tube but it hasn’t solved the problem of the frame being too long. Its still too much of a reach for me.

So there you go. The extremely dull thoughts that go through my mind…… God I’m boring

EDIT: i just got word from Nick at Charge Bikes that this Scissor mk2 prototype isn’t the final geometry. The production model has different geometry entirely and a lower stand over height. I wonder if it has a higher b/b? Can’t wait to find out. The Scissor v2 is gonna hit the shops in the UK in November or December.

Comments (10)
  1. Keith October 5, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for this! I’ve been contemplating switching to 26 inch wheels just because of the plethora of polo front wheels at my disposal but I don’t personally know anyone who has done it yet.

  2. bakerbones October 5, 2010 at 12:50 am

    pedal strike is the worst !

  3. Brian October 5, 2010 at 3:08 am

    First off, your frame wasn’t made for 26’s. Second shush, you are not boring as I like to read about your opinions on riding. Cheers from cleveland (for the night).

  4. gavlaaa October 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Ive been wondering about this too but thinking whats the point? why not just fix a single speed Charge Duster, for example? then the frame is made for 26ers and is already robust for tricking. whaddya reckon?

    • juliojuliojulio October 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

      Hmm, i’m not really sure to be honest! The geometry is really different. I do have a Duster so i could try that…

      • Gavlaaa October 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

        be interested to know how you get on. Ive been thinking in general about how the fixed tricksters are evolving and when you see Tom Le March’s latest vid you can see that his bike almost has the look of a dirt/jump bike – whats next suspension forks?

        • juliojuliojulio October 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

          well Tom still rides 700c wheels so he’s ‘keeping it real’ as far as many are concerned. A lot of folk kinda think ‘what next’ when it comes to 26 inch wheels.. ie. where will it end? WIth suspension forks? Then how about brakes? Or a freewheel….
          In my opinion though, most ‘fixed freestylers’ have already deviated from the purity of a track frame though. I mean I know their bikes are still fixed gears but they’re not track frames…..My point is that things evolve. So does it really matter about wheel size?

      • Gavlaaa October 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

        i think you’re right, things evolve and its interesting to see how quickly particularly the fixed thing has changed in the past couple of years. change is good. My point is…as things specialise to incorporate stronger frames, thicker tyres etc that you virtually come full circle to bikes that existed already…do you get what i mean? not trying to be a mardy purist!
        love to know how you get on with the 26ers

  5. sargentandco October 5, 2010 at 9:41 am

    do u wanna come rollerbladin, bikes are shit

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