Ask MBAction: Wheel Confusion

WHEEL CONFUSION

Foes Mixer

Question:

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?

Steve Allan
Asheville, North Carolina

Norco Revolver FS 1 120 29er

Answer:

 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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2020 NORCO REVOLVER FS 1 120

 

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