WHAT’S ALL THE HOOPLA?

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There’s been a lot of hype and hoopla about wheel sizes: 26 vs 650b vs 29er. Our position? It’s about choice – not much more, not much less.

Mountain biking is a dynamic activity executed on ever-changing terrain. The combination of roots and rocks, rough and smooth, steps and drops, climbing and descending are all part of what makes mountain biking the challenge, and reward, that it is.

Wheel size, certainly, plays a role in how the trail is ridden and the advantages and disadvantages of a particular size can often be realised on every ride. But at the end of the day, a bicycle is the sum of it’s parts so there’s always more factors involved than the size of a set of wheels.

In our opinion, geometry is probably the most important element in bicycle design and the thing that has the greatest influence on how a bike rides and handles.

All that to say, don’t sweat it.

However, for the technically minded out there, here’s an info-graphic we put together.

26 vs 650b vs 29er Comparison

Bicycle comparative wheel sizes: 26 vs 650b vs 29er

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The January issue of What Mountain Bike magazine ran an article, “What the Hell’s Going On With wheels?” It was an interesting read, for it’s broad spectrum of opinion.

Thomas Frischknect declared,

“I would sign this immediately: 26in is dead”

Tony Ellsworth, on the other hand, had this to say.

“…the 26in wheel. It’s the most nimble, lightest, quickest-rolling, fastest accelerating and smallest package available on a mountain bike today”

He also, very honestly, confirmed what we already suspected, or dare we say, know.

“…bike companies change things so they can sell new bikes every year”

He concluded the article with wise words which we’ll leave you with.

“You want…a bike that fits you and your needs. Wheel size is a secondary decision. It doesn’t make the bike good or bad, it’s what’s done with the wheel size [that matters]. Don’t be confused by choices. Narrow down what your needs are then find the bike that fits you and meets those needs best”

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