Decisions, decisions. would you go 18" or 19" on the front of a roadie with drum brake :-)
Decisions decisions would you go 18 or 19 on the front of a roadie with drum...
I've bought a 19" repro rim from David Silver and will lace it on a drum brake hub and I plan to try this 19" front wheel on my Bomber and the K2. The Bomber/K1/K2 front end is IMO a bit nervous and my theory is that a 19" wheel would perhaps calm it down a bit.
That's interesting Ronny, seems a lot of guys change down to 18" fronts for "sharper handling"
i'd go for the 18". less rubber. less metal.
Question above is, would you go 18" or 19" on the front of a roadie.
I mostly ride touring with my bikes and since a bigger front wheel (all CB450's from '70 and up use 19" front wheels) gives a larger trail it will (theoretically) make the bike more stable at high speed. If you are building a racer that you need to throw around hairpin bends you will get quicker steering "sharper handling" at low speed with a 18" front wheel but a slightly more nervous bike in a straight line at high speed.
Nothing set in concrete for me yet. I had a 450 for a while back in the '70's but don't remember much of the handling traits :-)
Did any of the old Jap bikes handle well? lol
Guess I better decide pretty quick, as I need to get these rims on the way.
I would go 19" for a road bike.