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Hey guys, finally pulled the trigger and bought a 2012 Specialized Hardrock from my LBS. Decided against a CL purchase. See pic. Pretty stock right now, but here's my question....

I plan on riding this bike to work and on paved trails throughout the week, and hitting a few trails on the weekend. I'd like something lighter and faster than the FastTrack tires that are on it now for my everyday riding. Ideally, I'd love to get a separate set of wheels for a quick interchange. Looking to get slicks or upgrade to 700c wheel set.(Is this possible with my bike?)

What other info do you need on my end?

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions or recommendations, and thanks in advance! This noob is a little confused while doing some research! ha!
 

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I've seen people run 700 wheels but it really depends on your bike.. You can Google it I'm sure there's a discussion somewhere. I run kenda slicks when I ride on the street. They were like 15 bucks each off Amazon. Having another Wheelset with disc brakes can be a pain because you might have to adjust your calipers each time you swap wheels. I've run into that with using 2 sets. If you have a decent pump it shouldn't take you long to swap.

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I've googled and have been reading through different threads, but I've getting different opinions. I know it's easier with disc brakes, but unfortunately, I don't have those. Would love to have 2 sets to easily swap, but not sure if it's even an option.
 

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I thought there was something you could buy for your "V" brakes that would allow you to move them up for the 700c rim? no?
Not that I've seen in a long, long time, and even then, having to re-set up your brakes every time you change wheels IMO takes the appeal out of the second wheel set. It would certainly kill the "fast change" aspect of having a second wheel set.

What is it you think 700c wheels are going to do that 26" slicks aren't?
 

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The right size of wheels to switch to would be a lot easier than messing with you brakes. If you get another set of wheels ,you will need another cassette also unless you plan on swapping that back and forth. You could find a used wheel for cheap.
 

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Good point, would definitely kill the quick change. Didn't think of changing the cassette every time either. So, I'm gathering that it would just be easier(and a heck of a lot cheaper) to just replace the tire with a slick each time I plan to commute?
 

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I would just change the tires.. Or get a road bike. You could get a cheap one off bikes direct for the cost of tires and wheels and a cassette, plus a cassette tool and chain whip lol

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