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
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.
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