Ever wonder why people would run a smaller wheel on the back of their mountain bike? Or a larger fork and wheel up front and create what’s affectionately known as a “mullet”?

So did we! After all, we’ve seen major brands cobble things together over the years. Brands like Trek and Moots did it years ago. Rumor has it the Foes Mixer was their best selling model. Pros have been racing on them.

More recently, Specialized has been teasing a mixed wheel Status. ZerodeStarling and Orange released new models. Guerrilla Gravity offers it on their secret menuAlchemy and Forbidden have both released a conversion kits for their full suspension bikes. And a lot of brands have been doing it with their eMTBs for several years now.

But why?

We reached out to Mullet Cycles’ founders to explain the benefits of a mixed wheel setup. Handling is one of them, but there’s a lot more to it than that…

We also discuss the history of how bicycles came to be standard with two same size wheels, and why moto mixes smaller wheels front or rear depending on the application. We kick things off with some of their own history and why they started a bike brand specifically to make bikes with different wheel sizes.

It’s a fun conversation that may just have you considering a mullet for your next mountain bike! Speaking of, here’s their titanium Mullet Honeymaker, the first bike from their brand:

mullet honeymaker titanium hardtail mountain bike with mixed wheel sizes

Check them out at MulletCycles.com and on Instagram.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I always wonder why Liteville don’t get mentioned in these articles, I think they deserve a mention for actually kicking this off when 650b became popular and was pretty much the first company in about 2012 to use 24″, 26″, 650b and 29″ wheels on the same model of bike, calling it Scaled Sizing, each wheel size chosen for the application based on both frame size and whether front or rear wheel. They had investigated it before, like Trek and Specialized, but the size difference between 26″ and 29″ was just too large and it was really the in-between size 650b becoming popular that then made it possible and Liteville introduced the concept of mixed wheelsizes based on 650b being available. They were just a few years too early, and the concept spun everyone out at the time. Now it is becoming mainstream. Today, Liteville offer mixed or same wheelsizes on their bikes with their Duo-link rear end making it possible, clever move!

  2. So a bigger front tire and smaller rear is Mullet bike, and bigger rear and smaller front is a “mixer” from what i understand. Last i checked, Mullet hair styles had smaller amount of hair at the front and a lot more hanging at the back. I think the mtb world has the names the wrong way around. A Mixer should be bigger front smaller rear, and Mullet should be smaller front, bigger rear. Seems to me someone stuffed up early but as is the way of things it just gets run with – but yeah – confusing to me why big front small rear = mullet…..

  3. There were mixed wheel size mountain bikes back in the 1980s. I remember seeing Cannondales with a 26″ front and 24″ rear wheel. And I’m pretty sure these were full size adult bikes.

  4. Awesome company with an awesome bike! The HoneyMaker isn’t just a bike with a slapped on bigger tire, this thing was designed around the mixed wheel platform, unlike the unsuccessful attempts from other companies. Like MulletCycles says “from the ground up” and you can feel it the first time you throw your leg over this thing! I’ve been riding a HoneyMaker for a while now and I can tell you I won’t be going back to the lesser platform.

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