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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:52 am 
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I'm after a SMALL Mercian King of Mercia or Audax Special or possibly a Bob Jackson Audax End To End. Ideally with clearance for mudguards and 28-32mm tyres and rack mounts.

Looking for something with a top tube no longer than 52cm c-c

(although I realise that is most likely the shortest top tube a frame with clearances for mudguards, large tyres and min. toe overlap will come with, before having to go to a 650c wheel)

Fingers crossed.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:24 am 
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I can confirm that it's possible. I had a 51cm Bob Jackson that could barely take a 700 x 25mm in the front with mudguard fitted (although 28mm was fine in rear). I eventually replaced it with a Woodrup the same size that takes a 700 x 28mm with no problem. Interestingly, the steering is subtly different due to the different fork geometry. I actually preferred the Bob Jackson! In any case, I think you'd struggle finding a frame that small that can fit 700 x 32mm in front with a mudguard. Also obviously depends on which tyres you're using. Contis come up a couple of mm smaller than their listed size.

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