Why did road bike wheels shrink?

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Andrew_Culture, 11 Aug 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I've been struggling to get the tyres I wanted for my ancient tourer because it has 27" wheels, and I guess most tourers and road bikes have 700s (whatever size they are).

    So I know MTB wheels got bigger for speed and comfort, so why did road bike wheels get smaller?

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  2. jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    700c wheels are actually 27.5 inches :whistle:

    Edit: I'm silly.
  3. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    I think it was just a case of the French standard winning out over the English one
  4. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    as stated else where i prefer 27" wheeled equipped bike as they seem to offer me a more relaxed ride compared to newer 700 wheeled machines
  6. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
  7. style over speed

    style over speed riding a f**king bike

    What tyre are you after? SJS have 10 from £6 to £35 each… I have an old claud butler with 27" wheels that needs new tyres and I can't decide what to get.
  8. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I was after Marathon Plus but settled for Marathons (this is a touring bike) .
  9. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    The bontrager race lite hard cases are available in 27" size.

  10. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    700c wheels were always more popular on bikes used for racing because they are the same size as the sprint rims used for tubulars. If you used 27" rims, you had to adjust your brakes each time you put your best racing wheels in.
    With the advent of the mountain bike the mass market drop handlebar bikes vanished quite quickly because the standard 52/42x14-28 gearing was too high for the normal joe public. With the loss of the mass market, road bikes swung more towards actual racing bikes.
    david k and Andrew_Culture like this.
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