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. Zerode, Starling and Orange released new models. Guerrilla Gravity offers it on their secret menu. Alchemy 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.
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:
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