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Wheel sizes for shorter riders – part 3

27.5 – 29er – Mullet. Which is the suitable wheel size? In the previous two parts, I was talking about possible injuries because of components and how I tested three wheel sizes to decide whether or not the Mullet was the way to go for me. How to turn your bike into a Mullet? I made the mistake of starting to read blogs by keen weekend warriors, who calculated everything on paper and were adamant about certain fork travels (and certain things in general). These blogs left me more confused than enlighten. As an ex-elite DH racer, who after retirement
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Wheel sizes for shorter riders – Part 2

27.5 – 29er – Mullet. Which is the suitable wheel size? Hopefully, you read the first part of my post from last week. If not, I highly recommend doing so. I was talking about the occurrence of injuries because of low cadence – hard gear pedalling and components which may prevent it. Also, I established my credentials that hopefully, enable me to rumble about things like that. In this second part, I will write about the results of my 3 months of testing of 3 different wheel configurations. Being a racer and coach, hard facts and numbers are everything for
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Wheel sizes for shorter riders – Part 1

27.5 – 29er – Mullet. Which is the suitable wheel size? This multiple part post will consider the needs of an emerging, but it seems to me, slightly forgotten market: riders under 172 cm – which is realistically majority of females and junior boys under 14. I will start with an intro about myself, for non The Fastline Bikademy (TFB) clients. I am an OG MTBer, who started riding in 1993. A DH / DS & 4X World Cups and Champs veteran, with world cup podium, continental champion and multiple Word Games and I have a National Champs title under
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