Spoke Magazine

Ten things you didn’t know about your wheels

Posted by pieter on Thursday February 28 2013

26 650b 29

1- 29ers were originally held back by bad frame design, but mainly tyre choice. That all changed when John Deer Tractors let bike shops open trade accounts.

2- Physics will stop your 29er wheels from being able to go around a corner that is tighter than 80 degrees. It’s the same physics that apply to vampires not being able to go into a house that they are not invited into.

3- Pump tracks are actually the braking bumps of 29er wheels.

4- Your 26ers have actually never worked, in fact they are broken.

5- All this time you have been going nowhere fast on your 26ers.

6- Every time you ride a 26er, the magic starts and bumps and roots and holes come to life and will swallow your wheels. The funny thing is, it’s only started happening in the last four years or so.

7- 650bs don’t exist. It’s all a myth. Have you ever seen one, apart from in magazines or the Internet?

8- The more people talk about how good 650b should ride, the better they will. At the rate we talk about them Boeing airplanes will be fitting them to 787s and they won’t need wings!

9- It’s dangerous riding 650b, the three bears are after you.

10- 650b is proof you can reinvent the wheel…. for a second time.

  • Mark

    “6. Every time you ride a 26er, the magic starts and bumps and roots and holes come to life and will swallow your wheels. The funny thing is, it’s only started happening in the last four years or so.”

    How true this is…

  • swtchbckr

    like!

  • seb

    Genius

    • pieter

      Cheers Seb

  • Richard

    Ha. Load of marketing hype, just like road tubeless and road discs. I’ll continue to ride without any of these, and I probably won’t die. And when everything swings back the other way in 5 years, I’ll be cutting edge!

  • Slow

    I for one, am sick of “friends” telling me my crashes are not that bad, because I was only riding a 26er. They say “well that would have REALLY hurt on wagon wheel, cause you would have been going much faster”. Funny though, cause they are normally behind me…

  • rod

    hahahahahahahahahhahahaha…….suckers!

  • Weazel

    I like rocks, roots and holes coming to life, without them riding would be boring, unless you like riding on cycle ways of course.