Picked up a pair of long reach brakes (57/75mm) for new Schwinn project and grabbed the only set of 700c wheels I have to see how it’d all fit.
Legit (but need to shave canti-posts off)
Zero clearance – what the hell.
I can’t even use the brakes up front – the pads are as high up as they go. Those are 28mm tires btw – there’s no way I could go bigger up front and still get a fender in there, but skys the limit in the rear.
This was already mullet frame – different dropouts on the fork than the frame, also caliper brake up front, canti in the rear. Now this. Alarm bells are ringing Willie. I do axle to crown measurement – 375mm. Pretty short. With the wheels on I put a level on it – sure enough, top tube slopes down slightly. Argh.
Only conclusion left – fork has been color matched but did not come with this frame.
HY – talking with my friend and framebuilder Alex, he has a new naked fork he’ll sell to me on the cheap. Axle to crown is 388mm and will rake it to whatever I want, but has one already raked to 62mm and drilled for caliper. Will fit 35mm tires with fenders. BOOSH. Low trail big rubber 700c, here I come.
Will ride it naked for a bit and then have bosses put on for racks later.