Posted by
mikelevy
14 days ago

Results Posted:

After poll is taken

Should there be an even larger, 32" or even 36" wheel size option?

You've listened to the podcast first, right? Assuming 27.5 and 29 remain unchanged.

2 Comments

  • + 3
 Ok, I have to comment on this one. The response from me is NO, we don't need them. Here is my justification. I grew up racing mx and being around mx stores. The amount of R&D the big 5 manufactures do is unbelievable. The have their own metallurgy plants. They are that invested they make and design their own special metals for parts. How is relevant you ask well i could go and by a Crf 450 brand new for $10,000 to $11,000 AUD and it would be rock solid! The Wheels, Bearings, Geo, Engine, Electronics, EFI, Suspension, would all be A1 for years providing you do the maintenance.

Lets compare now to the mountain bike world for $10,000 AUD you get the second from the top Specialised enduro, the rims will probably break if you hit the wrong rock (carbon), the derailleur will probably last 3 months, if it doesn't get ripped off. The Suspension is 5 years old it runs cable shifting and doesn't have any sort of engine, and the bearings will probably flog out in a matter of months.

So what i would like from the manufactures sport i love so much is to be more like Honda. Settle on 29" wheels. Now make the bikes all that they can be. Rims that don't break and ding in five minutes, design a gearbox that has no drag and electronic shifting, Bearings that are sealed, Adjustable reach and chainstays and Head Angles. Don't build a bike out of 7075 aluminium move the geo around 5mm put basement parts on it and tell us it costs the same as a crf 450! MTB's are way to expensive as it is so just leave the wheels alone and work on making bikes better more durable and cheaper. That would be what i vote for.

So everyone knows i own an enduro mtb, Emtb, roadbike, and an mx bike, so i'm voicing my opinion as an invested consumer that has first hand experience.
  • + 1
 I related to wheel size because I could care less. Why the heck is every handle bar made 5 degrees up and 9 degrees back. There is no point to all these bar companies if they all make the exact same bar, I want 4 degrees of backsweep dammit! That's one things dirt bikes have proper.

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