I built this little critter to use "large" 20-inch wheels (451 mm). More commonly, 20-inch wheels are 406 mm. On this bike, I can run narrow 451 mm tires, or 406 mm wheels with very fat tires such as Schwalbe Big Apples. The bike uses disc brakes front and rear, so tire clearance isn't an issue.

The frame and fork are TIG-welded steel, and the sliding rear dropouts are from Paragon Machine works. I use a 16-tooth White freewheel, and plain 48-tooth chainring, for 60 gear inches. The crank is an Ultegra double, but it's attached to a triple bottom bracket to give the correct chainline with the Paul disc hubs.

Brakes are lightweight Hope Mono Minis, which provide more than enough stopping power! The bike weighs 21 pounds, ready to ride.

Tony Rentschler
New York, NY



Rentschler Little Critter - nondrive side
Rentschler 20" - drive side view
Rentschler 20" - paragon dropouts
Rentschler 20 incher - brake side dropout detail
Rentschler 20 incher - at the lake shore




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