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    Kona Sutra w/ 26" wheels?

    I have decided to get a Kona Sutra frame (and Kona disc fork) and build it up myself. My plan was to decide whether to go with 700C or 26" wheels after test riding with both. I know it was designed for the larger size wheels, but I think I might go with 26" for durability, since they would also work with the disc brakes.
    Just a question of how much it would affect handling.
    I am not worried about pedal strike, having never had a problem through years of fixed gear riding. I don't think pannier drag would be a consideration.
    It seems to me the only real issue would be how the change in front geometry would affect the steering feel.

    My plan was to buy the largest size I can straddle with 700C wheels, and then try it out with 26" wheels.
    I like to be fairly stretched out, with a relatively short stem, ...mostly all pavement riding, so if the frame is a little on the oversized, I think that would be cool.
    I don't understand the standover heights listed. Is that at the back, middle, or front of the sloping top-tube?
    I've seen other people say that you have to pick your Kona's size by the top-tube length more than the seattube length (presumably due to the sloping top-tube) but this seems to apply more to off-road bikes than a bike largely for touring.
    frame size standover
    50 28.5
    52 29.3
    54 29.9
    56 30.7
    58 31.5
    60 32.2
    http://www.konaworld.com/2k5_catalog...NAL_p56-57.jpg

    I should be able to test ride a complete bike in a couple of sizes, just wondering if my plan to run nonstandard wheels is crazy.

    Thanks,
    Josh,
    Minneapolis

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    Top tube length (combined with seat tube angle) is more important to bike fit and handling than seat tube length on- or off-road. Has little to do with whether the TT is sloped or not.

    The smaller wheels will change the handling of the bike. You may like it or you may not.
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    good point shiggy...

    the potential effect on handling may be severe, but what i would be even more concerned about it bottom bracket height. your pedals will be dangerously close to the ground... i suspect you can get the fit you want without resorting to that.

    let us know what you end up doing.

    cheers,
    mg

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    ..concerned about...bottom bracket height. your pedals will be dangerously close to the ground...
    Not a huge issue for an on-road touring bike.
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