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New Wheels question..

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:49 pm
by janus77
Ok, I'm riding a Kona Dew, it has 700c wheels on it, 32mm width at the moment.

Am considering upgrading the wheels, there are some decent Shimano race wheels around the traps from what I can see, just wondering if I get a narrower wheel, will the brakes on the bike at the moment work properly with these? I'd guess the sidewalls of the current braking surfaces on my wheels are about 2.5cm apart, the racing wheels look to be closer to 1.5cm... They usually have much narrower brakes on the bikes running these wheels right?

Any suggestions/comments welcome :)

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:11 pm
by Mulger bill
V brakes on the dew isn't it Janus?

If so, you might get away with reversing the pad washers on the brakes, one usually is thicker than the other for this sort of thing.


Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:54 pm
by janus77
Yep, just regular V Brakes..

Would some 105 brakes or something like that fit on my frame? It's a basically an MTB frame with road components. The brake mounts are on the tubes running from the seat post to the rear axle.

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:19 pm
by Mulger bill
'Fraid not Janus. :(

Totally different arrangement between Vbrakes and road calipers, you're stuck with Vs or short arm cantis.

If you can post a pic of the area in question it might help :?


Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:44 pm
by artemidorus
Your v-brakes will work with ANY 700c rim. Remember that Mavic (etc) MTB rims can be just as narrow as any road rim.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:38 pm
by LuckyPierre
Mini cantilevers might be the best way to go - like the one's Kona put on Jake the Snake (well, the only two Jakes I've seen had them).