Wheel sizes

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Rain_of_Fire, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Rain_of_Fire

    Rain_of_Fire New Member

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    Hi

    My MTB has 26 x 2 wheels. I was having a problem with the rear wheel, spokes kept breaking (about once a week).

    I went to the LBS to get a new wheel , only a cheapo one, and i was sold a wheel with the following stamped on it:

    19 x 559

    Is this the same size as 26 x 2 and is it compatible?

    I put this wheel on the bike, the only problem now is that my rear tyre feels a lot flatter, even more so when cornering. My tyres are Nokian slicks 26 x 2.

    Thanks

    Paul
     
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  2. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Do you still have your OLD wheel? I'm guessing that it has a 559-17 rim ...

    The 559 number indicates the rim diameter in millimeters ...

    the OTHER number indicates the bead-to-bead measurement in millimeters.

    With a slightly wider rim, the wheel will be "flatter" ... not necessarily a bad thing on the trail ... not necessarily a good thing on the road.

    The wheel you probably NEED is one that is has 36 spokes ... AND/OR, you have to have your delinquint wheel rebuilt where the spokes are properly tensioned ... THAT may or may not be worth the cost to you depending on the hub & rim + cost of having the wheel rebuilt.

    OR, you can view this as an opportunity to learn how to lace up, tension, and true a wheel!
     
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