26inch wheels are slightly smaller than 700c.
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Best touring bike wheel size: 26 inch or 700c wheels.
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.
I have both a 700C wheel and 26 inch wheel on hand I have set up the bicycle for both, without riding it. The 26 wheel doesn't have any cogs on it and it won't.
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.
700c wheels measure approximately 29 inches in diameter with the tire installed. Other frequently seen sizes are 20-inch, 24-inch, 27-inch and 28-inch.
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...
26 inch wheels are not exclusively for small bikes though, I am 6 feet tall and I ride a tandem with
Why are all wheel size calculations wrong? (The rebuttal). The venerable Sheldon Brown has a Gear Calculator that uses a different method to determine wheel size.