Ask MBAction: Wheel Confusion
My new bike says it’s 27.5+ and 29er. Does that mean I can run two different wheel sizes on the bike? Should I run a 29er up front and 27.5 in the rear?
How will that make my bike perform?
Asheville, North Carolina
The idea of mixing wheel sizes is more popular than ever right now; however, it’s more than likely your bike was meant for either or. Now, don’t let that discourage you from trying a mixed-wheel setup, but keep in mind it may not be optimized for your frame. In our experience, 29er tires have a more flickable feel over 27.5+ tires. Overall diameter is roughly the same due to the larger air volume of plus-sized tires, but they tend to deliver slower handling than 29er tires. Mixing a 29er in front with a 27.5+ in the rear could be a really fun setup, similar to what Intense did with the Sniper 279. While testing that bike, we thought the front end hooked up great while the rear end had a loose feel. This is ideal for riders who like to drift around the trails; however, riders looking for more of an on-rails feel will find 29-inch tires best.
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