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.
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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+
EN933 + EN733 ≈ $679 USD+
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to create the wheelset you need.