26inch wheels are slightly smaller than 700c.
Many folk seem to think that the question of 700C (road bike) or 26-inch (mountain bike) sized wheels for a touring bike is a big deal.
700C is the dominant wheel size in the modern bike world, and the biggest of the top three. The other two are 26-inches, and 650B, which also goes by 27.5-inches.
Bicycle Touring Pro reader, Thomas Hickenbottom, recently sent me the following email: Darren, There’s the debate going on about whether to use 26″ wheels/tires or 700c…whats your take...
But in another thread (Shimano WH-R500 700c wheelset, someone said that 27" tires were "too big" to put on a 700c wheel.
Best touring bike wheel size: 26 inch or 700c wheels.
A bicycle wheel is a wheel, most commonly a wire wheel, designed for a bicycle. A pair is often called a wheelset, especially in the context of ready built "off the shelf" performance-oriented wheels. Bicycle wheels are typically designed to fit into the frame and fork via dropouts, and hold bicycle tires.
700c Premium Wheel Sets. WE629 Shimano Tiagra/Velocity Dyad 36 Spoke Touring Wheelset $249.95 pair! Machine-Built By Our Supplier.
A road bike, or tandem bike with 26 inch wheels is geared to travel at the same speed as a bike with 700c wheels. The answer lies in gear inches.
Three years ago there was yet another resurgence of interest in road-racing bikes with smaller-than-700c wheels. For a time you could buy road racing bikes with 26-inch wheels from many...