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    Borrow some off a mate. You won’t break them on the road.

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    So, I’m building up an FF29 for general fun and also to use on the upcoming Corrieyairack challenge, which is a mix of road and off road sections. You are allowed to switch wheels (or just tyres) before the 38 mile road section, which seems like an eminently sensibly idea, but I only have one set of 29er wheels. Actually I have no sets at the moment, due to a problem with delivery of my Hope/Arch 29er hoops, which CRC seem to be taking an age to sort. But that’s a different story.

    So, what to do? Buying a new set of wheels for one event would be crazy even for me. Buying a second hand set then flogging them afterwards would be fine, but I’d need to find a 20mm front and QR rear, which isn’t too common.

    Alternatively I could just ride the road section on 26″ wheels. I have a set of 26″ Hope hoops and some 26″ slick tyres. It looks as though the BB height would drop to around 12″, which is low but probably manageable for a one off ride.

    Finally, for the cost of some spokes and a lot of faffing around I could take the 26″ Flow rims off my 26″ Hope hoops and stick on some Open Pro rims (that I have laying around), then run those with proper road tyres.

    Or, is there some other option I haven’t considered?

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    If it was me, I’d buy some 29er slicks and swap them over

    How about some fast rolling mtb tyres? how mucky will it be off-road?

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    Ralphs should do you nicely I’d have thought.

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    AS it happens I’m going to be putting Ralphs on this build anyway. are you suggesting that I just pump them up a bit at the changeover? Sounds simple enough, but wouldn’t they still be a lot slower than slicks? Not that I’m aiming to be competitive. Just a bit of fun. But it will be a lot more fun if I don’t have to suffer so much on the road section 🙂

    I don’t think I know anybody with 20mm axle 29er wheels, but I’ll ask about.

    Changing tyres sounds like a bit of a faff, but I guess if I went with tubes rather than tubeless it wouldn’t take that long and I may well appreciate the excuse for a bit of a sit down at the changeover. As long as it’s not pissing down of course.

    but wouldn’t they still be a lot slower than slicks? Not that I’m aiming to be competitive. Just a bit of fun. But it will be a lot more fun if I don’t have to suffer so much on the road section

    Changing tyres sounds like a bit of a faff, but I guess if I went with tubes rather than tubeless it wouldn’t take that long and I may well appreciate the excuse for a bit of a sit down at the changeover

    It’ll be more fun riding bike, pump em right up, I can fair bomb along on Racing ralphs especially on my 29er, time yourself

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