Could the next big trend be?….
Master Of NoneSubscriber
think the idea (as per marketing for my 69er) is that you get the acceleration of the 26″ wheel thus negating the slow to acclerate perception of 29ers but with the better rollover of the bigger wheel once you are up to speed you aren’t slowed down as much by rocks/roots/braking bumps.
no comment from me as to whether its correct, i bought my bike (2008, rootbeer 69er with DUC forks) purely because it was the best looking bike i had ever seen in a mag (my opinion). does ride well though and i still love it…Posted 4 years agoklumpyMember
I don’t get why it’s not the other way around. Bigger wheels roll better, but turn slower, right?
So doesn’t it make more sense to have the bigger wheel on the back (doesn’t steer, doesn’t have suspension on a HT)?
No. It’s harder to push a wheel over something than pull it over something (anyone who’s used a wheelbarrow knows that). The front wheel is being pushed, so has a greater need to ‘roll better’, the rear is being pulled (if you’re free wheeling) or actively trying to climb up obstacles (if you’re pedalling).
Ever seen a motocross or enduro bike with a bigger radius rear wheel than front? And while the world of offroad motorbikes isn’t immune to some marketing guff, it isn’t to the same level that golf clubs HiFi and mountain bikes enjoy. 🙂Posted 4 years agobrantSubscriber
When you accelerate a bike, you have to accelerate both wheels. It makes no difference at all which wheel is lighter/heavier. Both wheels have to get to speed.
Bigger front wheels mean higher bars for given fork travel, though, bigger wheels make suspension “feel” more, and roll over things better.
Bigger rear wheels make a huge difference in stopping that “hooked up” trail feeling going over things.
Offroad motorcycles have wheels fairly similar sizes, but the rear has a deeper tyre on a smaller rim. They have a lot more horsepower, weight and traction issues than a bicycle powered by legs.Posted 4 years ago
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