Ask Mbaction: Looking For A Remix
LOOKING FOR A REMIX
Foes Foes Mixer Enduro: The smaller rear wheel makes the Mixer accelerate quickly, an attribute that will be appreciated on the climbs.
Q: I recently read your article about mixed-wheel-size mountain bikes, and it spiked my interest. I seem to recall MBA testing a mixed-wheel-size bike—I think from Foes—some time ago. Does MBA have plans to test more bikes with a wagon wheel in front and a more playful wheel out back? Would love to know if I should hold out on my next bike purchase or if it’s a fad you think will come and go. Thanks, MBA!
Sun Valley, Idaho
A: You ask an interesting question—one we are currently asking ourselves. You’re correct that we tested a Foes Mixer in the past with mixed wheel sizes. We would be happy to toss our leg over more of these bikes, since they seem to bring results at the most elite levels of racing. With that said, however, most mixed wheel bikes seen under the pros haven’t been offered to the public yet. As soon as we start seeing production bikes with mixed wheel sizes, you’re guaranteed to see those bikes in the hands of our wrecking crew.
Three-time UCI Downhill World Champion Loic Bruni rode his new custom, 29/27.5″ mixed-wheel-size Specialized bike to win the first World Cup downhill race of 2019. Photo by Bartosz Wolinski/Wolisphoto/Red Bull Content Pool
Racers have been winning World Cups and Enduro World Series event on mixed wheel-size bikes, so there is no doubt there are performance advantages,” says Alchemy engineer Matt Maczuzak. “And it’s not just the quicker handling of the smaller rear wheel. The acceleration out of corners was the most noticeable feature.”
Read MBA’s Story-Are 29″ Front and 27.5″ Rear Wheels the Best Combo on the Mullet Cycles Honeymaker ?
Check Out MBA’s Story-First Ride: Intense Primer S (Staggered wheels—29″ front, 27.5″ rear—mix the best of two worlds)
The Intense Primer S in full-action mode.
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