- Smaller wheel on front or back? and why?
Well, yes, but a smaller rear makes more of a difference in terms of lofting the front IME: it’s about getting your weight over the back more than pulling up at the front. And whilst a smaller front will probably be quicker to steer, it’s also more boffed around by bumps (which may also mean it needs a fatter tyre, making it harder to steer).
Caveat: I’ve only mixed 24/26, not 26/29.Posted 5 years agostarrman82Member
Road (motor bikes) used smaller front wheels to quicken the steering but then they’re spining faster & weigh much more to start. Motocross bikes have always (almost always) had larger front wheels for the same reasons as Bez mentions.Posted 5 years ago
I had wondered why the Trek 69er didn’t prevail, seemed logical for off road.
Also, with a road motorbike you want to keep the front end down, not make it easier to pull up. Plus a smaller front wheel must make it easier to engineer the rider, tank and engine into an aerodynamic position. Big rear wheel should be better suited to longer gearing, too, and will give better wear rates on the rear tyre.Posted 5 years ago
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