Mullet Wheelsets: Nothing New Here

Have you ever bought two different sized wheelsets for your mullet bike? With Light Bicycle you don’t have to do that. Contact our customer support team and we’ll help you order just the wheels you need for your mullet bike.

Mullet wheelsets are a combination of two different wheel sizes in one wheelset to change the riding characteristics of a bike. Mullet bikes have been around since the creation of the iconic Penny-Farthing and have continued to evolve with the introduction of new wheel sizes. With mountain bikes, the combination started with a 26 inch wheel in the front and a 24 inch wheel in the back. Currently, the most common mullet combination is a 29 inch front wheel and a 650B rear wheel. This is done to make a bike feel snappy, nimble and playful.

Mullet wheels combine the smooth rolling of a larger front wheel with the playfulness of a smaller and lighter rear wheel.

29-27.5-26-mtb-wheel-size-combo

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Larger wheels roll over obstacles better providing a smoother ride and a larger contact patch for more grip. 29er wheeled bikes were introduced due to the low attack angle and the amount of traction those wheels offer. This ushered in a new generation of bigger wheels, longer bikes and slacker head tube angles. Though stable and predictable, this new generation left some riders yearning for a more lively and playful bike. This is where mullet bikes come in.

Swapping out the rear wheel for a smaller diameter 650B (27.5) rim brings back the playful feel that was missing, by slackening out the head tube angle, lowering the bottom bracket, and decreasing the effective length of the bike. Combining 29er and 650B wheels together provides the rolling benefits of a larger wheel while making the rear end of the bike feel lively and fast around tight corners.

The major drawbacks with mullet bikes is the need to purchase two wheesets from retailers since they only stock 29er wheelsets or 650B wheelsets without offering customization services to make the wheelest you need. Here at Light Bicycle, every wheelset is custom built to order meaning we can make the wheelset combination you want!

Is a mullet bike for you?

There are a lot of factors to consider when contemplating a mullet wheelset. The most important factors are, “Will this fit on my bike?” and “Is this a manufacturer approved modification?”

The first step is to contact your bike manufacturer to determine if this modification is suited for your bike. If it is safe then see if you can borrow a rear wheel from a friend and give it a try. If you enjoy the ride characteristics then it’s time to purchase a new wheelset and start riding!

Do you want a high end, carbon 29er front wheel and a 650B rear wheel? Some of the common combinations we have been pairing together are:

Recon Pro Set-up:

EN932 + EN732 ≈ $921 USD+

Front Rear
Rim Weight 500+/-15g 470+/-15g
Width (Inner/Outer) 32/38mm 32/38mm
Rim Depth 25mm 25mm
Diameter 29er 650b (27.5er)
Offset 2mm 2mm
Suggested Use Enduro/DH Enduro/DH

Recon Set-up:

EN933 + EN733 ≈ $679 USD+

Front Rear
Rim Weight 510+/-15g 510+/-15g
Width (Inner/Outer) 33/39mm 33.6/40mm
Rim Depth 28mm 31.5mm
Diameter 29er 650b (27.5er)
Offset 3mm 2.7mm
Suggested Use Enduro/DH Enduro/DH

If you want something different? Just ask!

While these options may not be available through our quick build menu, we can custom make the order for you. Please send us an email at sales@lightbicycle.com and we will work with you to create the wheelset you need.

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Randy 2021/01/21

As the proud owner of the pictured mullet bike, I am very happy with my wheelset. I would have had to order two wheelsets anywhere else, but I got to custom order a complete mullet set. Thank you LightBicycle :)


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Russell 2021/01/18

Hello, I am looking for your help in complete wheel selection. I have a new Scott Scale 920 (2021) 29er with Syncros X-25 / 32H / 25mm wheels. I am making a switch from an older Giant Talon (27.5) My riding style: 1. Like to go long distances mixing road (45%) and trail (30%), with plenty of freedom to get into the woods and explore off the beaten path (25-30%). 2. Don't always enjoy climbs, but want to get it over with quickly on roads, and get up more technical terrain with ease. Geography: Currently ride in Europe, but will move to Mumbai soon where it will take about 15k of road riding to get to and area where there’s everything from steep climbs to single track trails, and downhill sections to dense forest with no trails. My weight: 67kg I want the lightest wheelset possible that can withstand Mumbai roads (9 of 10 roads are littered with potholes) and the trails. In order of preference I am considering: 1) XC925-30w-23d (Flywt + Standrd, I9Hydra, 15/110mm BOOST, 12/148mm BOOST,32H, SRAM XD, Sapim CX-Ray) 2) RM29C19-30W-25d My questions: 1) Based on my current bike specs, are either of these possible? 2) Should I do Standard Front and Rear if I go with the XC925? 3) Are colored i9 Hydra hubs available in colors from the Europe warehouse? 4) Are the Onyx Vesper hubs available from the Europe Warehouse? 5) What questions should I be asking? What am I missing? I really appreciate your help on this!


LightBicycle 2021/01/19

Hi Russell, What would be the tires that you plan to use? Did I notice that you also plan to ride a bit of downhill? The XC925 is for 29er XC riding mostly. Will you do some jumps and falls? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Ryan 2021/01/14

Hello. Would you please quote me a mullet mountain wheelset AM 933 plus AM 733. 28 hole, Sapim CX Ray spokes, DT swiss sqorx nipples, DT swiss 240 EXP straight pull hubs. No stickers please. My shipping zip code is 92675. Thank you.


LightBicycle 2021/01/14

Hi Ryan, We just sent this front 29er/rear 650B wheelset price to your email. Please check. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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