Miranda Miller has been testing mullet and full-29er wheel setups to find out which is fastest for her. The video is the latest from the MGM Alternative
channel, which features Miranda Miller, Remi Gauvin and Jesse Melamed. Here are the lap times picked out from the video:
Lap 1, Mullet: 1:37.65
Lap 2, 29: 1:34.74
Lap 3, 29: 1:35.88
Lap 4, Mullet: "Same time as the run before on the 29er."
Much like my mullet vs 29er test from a few months ago
and Kazimer's test
before that, the lap times are pretty inconclusive - they don't point to one setup being outright faster than the other. But Miranda's impressions of how the two bikes felt to ride are pretty interesting. It sounds like she wanted and expected the mullet to be faster. But although she found the mullet easier to push into turns, and she got some tire buzz on the bigger wheel, the 29er made it easier to carry speed.
|"I'd kinda written off the full 29er until today... I was really surprised by how good I felt on it"—Miranda Miller|
If you leave your hair to grow naturally from short it'll look a lot like a mullet.
Another idea is testing bike sizes and compare your favorite size to manufacturer's suggested size chart. You could even do the test "double blinded" like they do in medical studies. Get two or three bike sizes (Specialized Stump Evo has 6 sizes). Take the size stickers off. Don't let the bike tester know what size it is. Don't let the second person (ie mechanic or filmer) know what sizes they are. Only have a 3rd person that knows what sizes the bikes are and code the bikes x, y, z. I get you'll be able to see and feel which bike is bigger. Comment on how does it bunny hop, climb, pop and jump, descend?! Cheers!
I tried the experiment for myself and the difference was huge...but then that's like saying my Honda Civic was faster running on high octane gasoline, you should put some in your Intergalactic Space Cruiser.
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Going by my shoddy maths 2 runs on the 29 add up to 03:10:62
Mullet added up to 03:13:53.
So the 29 was 3 seconds faster.
You call that inconclusive when races are wore but 10ths and 100ths of a second?
You must be riding vastly different terrain that what we are discussing here.
The answer is simple, find a wheel size (or combo) you like, and ride the shit out of it.
I suspect this to be due to the smaller wheel but I will need to build a 29er back wheel to test it out. I suspect that the playfull behaviour of the bike is partially due to the increased differential between stack and BB and not so much with tue BB being higher than rear axle but this needs to be tested to be definitive about it.
Second: on spot
Third: getting tired
However on bicycles... Namely one's of the Mountain Bike variety. They are sh*t!
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