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#1 2013-01-22 2:25pm

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20" mini ???

Can a 20" frame and fork set be made into a mini ?
If so, show me some pics. Curious to see if its an easy or hard build to do.
Thanks in advance.


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#2 2013-01-22 2:46pm

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Re: 20" mini ???

hutch-hemi wrote:

Can a 20" frame and fork set be made into a mini ?
If so, show me some pics. Curious to see if its an easy or hard build to do.
Thanks in advance.

Most minis have a euro bottom bracket AND have smaller diameter tubing so in the instance of making a Magnatanium mini from a Champ Pro-NOPE.


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#3 2013-01-22 3:09pm

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Re: 20" mini ???

Would it just look wrong slapping mini bars ,mini uni , 160mm cranks and skinny wheels to it??
Has anyone done it ?  Let's see


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#4 2013-01-22 3:33pm

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Youd be better off getting a mini. You can find nice ones for around 300 bux anywhere.


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#5 2013-01-22 3:52pm

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Your biggest problem will be wheels and brakes. Mini rims are a larger diameter than standard 20" rims and on many standard frames the tire won't clear the frame. Even if the tires clear you're going to have a problem finding long enough brakes to work, whether they're old school calipers or V-brakes. Another thing to consider- minis are built small enough for little kids to ride them easily. A full size 20 frame will be too long and have too tall of a standover height for a little dude or dudette.
Like Owl said you're better off buying a mini to begin with.

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#6 2013-01-22 5:40pm

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Damn. I was thinking it would look like a long chopper. smile

I was going to make my hutch expert or racer into a mini.
My dream is squashed.

Any leads to a mini swap


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#7 2013-01-22 6:25pm

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Re: 20" mini ???

When i out grew my robi jr my dad transferred all the parts to Schwinn predator frame because it was longer. He threw some taller powerlite expert bars on there too. I raced it for a little while till he bought me my elf standard. There were lots of kids around 11-14 who rode pro or expert sized bikes with 1-3/8th wheels.  These days theres a specific frame size for everyone.


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#8 2013-01-22 7:16pm

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there's a guy on ozbmx with a early 90's pro series with 20 x 1 3/8 wheels. looks awesome! you'd want brake with less reach, like a wide 10 speed brake.


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