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Mountain Bike Wheel Sizes – From 26inch to 29ers | MBA Podcast Ep6

Thanks for listening to another episode of the Mountain Bikes Apart Podcast! This week we’re talking wheel sizes after a question from Kevin Scott, and fellow Scottish listener. He was asking about the pros and cons of the different types of mountain bikes wheels.

I’ll let him do the talking:

Morning, as a newbie mountain biker who has only ever been up Glentress red route (breaking my virginity and almost me) and Carton Wallet <Colin: I’m thinking this might have said Carron Valley before Kevin’s mobile phone auto correct butchered it… But let us know where you mean Kevin!>  which was much less harsh. Thankfully the hard part was closed at the time. Just a few questions here, I bought a Carerra Kraken which seemed to get decent reviews but didn’t feel right, but for you is it a 26″/650b or 29er? Which of these wheel sizes you think are suitable for the novice? And which bike in each category would you tentatively recommend.

In the podcast I talk about the pros and cons of each wheel size, and a little about Kevin’s choice of bike.

What mountain bike should I buyI actually recommend the Carerra Vulcan as a brilliant budget bike in my Best Mountain Bikes Under £500 article, and the Kraken is a slightly upgraded version of the Vulcan, so definitely a good choice.

If you’re interested, you can see some of my related articles below (I’ve written a bit about wheel sizes in the past) and they’ll direct you to some more info on each, but I pretty much cover everything in the episode.

As usual, I’d love to get some feedback from you so drop a comment in below, or email me using the contact form, or even send in a voice message! I’m using my work number of +44 (0)131 208 1811 so just phone that and you can leave me a message which I can use on a future episode.

Thanks again for visiting, and enjoy the riding!


Colin started mountain biking in the early 2000s and has haphazardly, and with barely increasing skill, dragged his bike around the majority of Scotland's trail centres since then. Colin has oodles of hard earned experience in how NOT to do things - listen, be warned and don't repeat his mistakes...   More about Colin... Google+ Colin

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