Mountain Bike Wheel Size
with RAE MORRISON, Liv Racing Collective Enduro Athlete
Mountain bikes have come a long way over the last decade. The technology, components and geometry have evolved exponentially. Part of this evolution includes the various wheel sizes available now and the ability to choose a bike and wheel size to fit the individual's needs.
There used to be one choice, 26-inch wheels, nowadays most adult mountain bikes offer either 27.5-inch (sometimes referred to as 650b) or 29-inch, and recently a combination of the two referred to as ‘mullet’.
The best wheel size largely depends on individual preference, including how you want the bike to feel, the type of terrain you like to ride and your height. Different wheel sizes give different advantages and disadvantages. There is no right or wrong, just individual preference. Read on to learn more about the differences between 27.5- and 29-inch wheels for mountain biking.