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    Are my rim brakes compatible with a wheel/tire SIZE change?

    So, im just getting into biking and im already addicted. ive only been riding a couple months but ive already put probably 120 miles on my '05 GF zebrano S (mostly on local semi-rugged N Florida trails, with the occasional jumps). Everything on it is factory and i know that im ready for new tires and wheels (currently 700c----which i think is like 27.5" or something haha), so i figured i go ahead and buy wheels that i can eventually mount disc brakes too. the problem is i can only afford the wheels/tires at the moment so im trying to figure out if my rim brakes will still fit with 26" wheels, which seem to be the consensus on available/affordable wheel size. The link to the specs is here
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/archivemodel/169
    I bought the bike from a friend who has only put about 40 miles on it in 6 years. Also, any suggestions for a new rider would be most appreciated!

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    **edit I didn't read to OP correctly
    Last edited by highdelll; 04-28-2011 at 10:41 AM.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuildingBridgesToRideOver
    So, im just getting into biking and im already addicted. ive only been riding a couple months but ive already put probably 120 miles on my '05 GF zebrano S (mostly on local semi-rugged N Florida trails, with the occasional jumps). Everything on it is factory and i know that im ready for new tires and wheels (currently 700c----which i think is like 27.5" or something haha), so i figured i go ahead and buy wheels that i can eventually mount disc brakes too. the problem is i can only afford the wheels/tires at the moment so im trying to figure out if my rim brakes will still fit with 26" wheels, which seem to be the consensus on available/affordable wheel size. The link to the specs is here
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/archivemodel/169
    I bought the bike from a friend who has only put about 40 miles on it in 6 years. Also, any suggestions for a new rider would be most appreciated!
    No. You can not use 26" wheels in a 700C frame with rim brakes. Not at all.

    Not an appropriate bike for off road riding, either.
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    Can you elaborate? What aspects make it inappropriate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuildingBridgesToRideOver
    Can you elaborate? What aspects make it inappropriate?
    It is a hybrid/town/comfort bike designed for casual use on smoother paved or packed dirt/gravel paths. Narrower tires. Lower end components not meant for rough conditions.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...reation/hybrid

    As opposed to an entry level mountain bike:

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport
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    So would it be better to invest in a new frame and setup completely rather than customize the frame i already have?

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    Right tool for the job.
    Keep that one for commuting and about town cruising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuildingBridgesToRideOver
    So would it be better to invest in a new frame and setup completely rather than customize the frame i already have?
    Yes, keep this bike and save for a new mtbike.
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