Pinkbike Ballot: Does Mixing Wheel Sizes Make Sense?
The mullet configuration has seen success on the DH World Cup and Enduro World Sequence circuits, though the “correlation doesn’t suggest causation” idea does have to be stored in thoughts. In some instances, riders had been on combined wheel sizes as a result of their sponsor did not have a devoted 29” wheeled bike prepared but, and so they needed to no less than profit from among the benefits that include an elevated wheel diameter. In different instances, it is the rider’s peak that steered them in direction of the mullet setup. Particularly on a DH bike, when you have got 190mm or extra rear journey and a rider with brief legs it may be tough to keep away from buzzing the rear tire. Anybody who’s ever felt the ‘bzzzt’ of a mud spike at full pace is aware of it isn’t the perfect feeling on this planet.
A number of firms are actually providing DH bikes within the combined wheel configuration, however the pattern hasn’t actually caught on to the identical extent within the enduro / path bike world. In lots of instances firms will provide a motorcycle with 29” wheels for the big and extra-large sizes, after which embody a 27.5” wheeled possibility for the smaller sizes. Having wheel measurement based mostly extra on a rider’s peak is smart to me, and it is the premise for this week’s ballot.
Will combined wheels will find yourself being the norm for medium and small bikes, with matching 29″ wheels for taller riders, and matching 27.5″ wheels for extra-small riders? Or is it only a flash-in-the-pan pattern, doomed to vanish simply as rapidly as Plus bikes?
Both manner, I am curious the place the curiosity in combined wheel sizes lies – are shorter riders extra more likely to gravitate in direction of the idea? Discover your peak beneath and solid your vote within the applicable ballot.
Would you slightly have 29″ wheels or a 27.5″ / 29″ setup on a path / enduro bike?