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I was wondering this same thing before x'mas... to get 24's or 26's. In the end I got 26's(mavic EX729 on xt rear hub and formula front). You should get 24's if your frame was designed for them but otherwise, stick with the 26's. 24's are lighter and sometimes a little stonger but not much. they aren't gonna make you jump higher or bunny hop higher if thats what you were thinking. However you can accelerate faster with 24's. If you are possibly gonna do some off roading like trails, get 26's, they roll over stuff easier. But 24's aren't gonna make you a better rider. just look at Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Wayne Goss- all doin dj's and street, all rollin on 26's. i'm also not saying 26's are better. I would get 24's if my frame was designed for 24's(like a Tonic Fab) and 26's if my frame was designed for 26's(like a Kona Cowan or Blk Mrkt Mob).
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I don't know the physics, but it seems to me like a 24" would allow you to throw the bike around in the air better (less gyscopic effect than a larger wheel would have). I think there is a reason the BMX guys on their 20" bikes can do way more stuff than a 26" MTB could do in the air. I'd tend to go 24" for urban/park in part due to the quicker acceleration (which is needed for a lot of urban obstacles that do not have as much run in as you might like.)
 

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cummings said:
I was wondering this same thing before x'mas... to get 24's or 26's. In the end I got 26's(mavic EX729 on xt rear hub and formula front). You should get 24's if your frame was designed for them but otherwise, stick with the 26's. 24's are lighter and sometimes a little stonger but not much. they aren't gonna make you jump higher or bunny hop higher if thats what you were thinking. However you can accelerate faster with 24's. If you are possibly gonna do some off roading like trails, get 26's, they roll over stuff easier. But 24's aren't gonna make you a better rider. just look at Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Wayne Goss- all doin dj's and street, all rollin on 26's. i'm also not saying 26's are better. I would get 24's if my frame was designed for 24's(like a Tonic Fab) and 26's if my frame was designed for 26's(like a Kona Cowan or Blk Mrkt Mob).
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I agree %100.
 

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cummings said:
I was wondering this same thing before x'mas... to get 24's or 26's. In the end I got 26's(mavic EX729 on xt rear hub and formula front). You should get 24's if your frame was designed for them but otherwise, stick with the 26's. 24's are lighter and sometimes a little stonger but not much. they aren't gonna make you jump higher or bunny hop higher if thats what you were thinking. However you can accelerate faster with 24's. If you are possibly gonna do some off roading like trails, get 26's, they roll over stuff easier. But 24's aren't gonna make you a better rider. just look at Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Wayne Goss- all doin dj's and street, all rollin on 26's. i'm also not saying 26's are better. I would get 24's if my frame was designed for 24's(like a Tonic Fab) and 26's if my frame was designed for 26's(like a Kona Cowan or Blk Mrkt Mob).
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this says it all right here. it has alot to do with preference. i think it may be a little easier to manuver tricks with 24's, but if you want to be able to plow thru and over things better then 26's are the way to go. get what your frame is made for.
 

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I have no frame yet

This bike will be for only the dirt jumps and for some streat stuff.. I have a good FS that I use for all my other trail stuff drops etc.. it is just to heavy to really through around on the trails. You can clear the jumps but I can do so much more on a buds BMX... So I started looking and I am checking out a Specialized 2005 P-Park it is a 24" specific bike and a pretty good deal at my local shop..

Ever tried one?

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Techfreak said:
I don't know the physics, but it seems to me like a 24" would allow you to throw the bike around in the air better (less gyscopic effect than a larger wheel would have). I think there is a reason the BMX guys on their 20" bikes can do way more stuff than a 26" MTB could do in the air. I'd tend to go 24" for urban/park in part due to the quicker acceleration (which is needed for a lot of urban obstacles that do not have as much run in as you might like.)
i agree. i can do 180's and almost 360's on my friends bike that is 26 front and 24 rear. but i can only almost get 180's on my bike that is 26/26. but i think most of that is cause his bike is a Dj/Street HT, and mine is a DH/FR FS :rolleyes:
 

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I rode 26 for a while, then started riding a 24" rear after my 26" wheels hub died. There is a huge difference, it is not just a preference thing. You do accelerate faster, and I personally was able to bunny hop higher.

If your ring vertical dropouts, and you have a long rear end, running a 24 will help to shorten your rear end, and help you to get your front end up. It will help for manuals as well. If you have horizontal dropouts, it makes it that much easier to adjust the feel of your bike.

If you don't ride trails at all, and mostly ride the street, and jump, I would go with the 24. The only reason I'm not riding my spare 24" rear is because my DK has a low bottom bracket, and my rear end is set at like 16.5.

However, if I were still on my KHS it would be 26/24 all the way.
 

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Evil4bc said:
I agree with Twisted too! :D

Plus Eddie Fiola rode 24's for skateparks back in the day he always said it helped him go faster and higher !
Thanks Brad. I remember Eddie Fiola running those white 21" or 22" weird wheels, don't remember the 24"s. I have excellent long term memory, but can't remember anything anyone tells me.

(P.S. It wasn't me.)
 

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TWISTED said:
Thanks Brad. I remember Eddie Fiola running those white 21" or 22" weird wheels, don't remember the 24"s. I have excellent long term memory, but can't remember anything anyone tells me.

(P.S. It wasn't me.)
Ahhhh hahaha OK ok !

Eddie Fiola did ran 24" x1.5 that was his pipeline set up !
I remember seeing this in a older magazine as a kid , later I got to ask him about it a the MorenoValley BS comp back in the day , he told me the bike everyone see's him riding in the pipeline shots was a modified GT crusier with 24x1.5 , he swore by this set-up !
I always though it was funny he rode a crusier with a frame standing platform back in the day , but then aging I was 12 .
 

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Evil4bc said:
Ahhhh hahaha OK ok !

Eddie Fiola did ran 24" x1.5 that was his pipeline set up !
I remember seeing this in a older magazine as a kid , later I got to ask him about it a the MorenoValley BS comp back in the day , he told me the bike everyone see's him riding in the pipeline shots was a modified GT crusier with 24x1.5 , he swore by this set-up !
I always though it was funny he rode a crusier with a frame standing platform back in the day , but then aging I was 12 .
OK, sounds like you know your stuff. I'm running a 21" on the front and a 19" on the back now anyway. :cool:
 

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OK, sounds like you know your stuff. I'm running a 21" on the front and a 19" on the back now anyway. :cool:
... Really ?
Wear the heck did you find tubes for that thing ??
Must be a Oregon thing or something !!!!!

Tim.. remember when Eddie got canned from GT back in the day , then the next month there was a pic in American Freertyler with him sporting a " Team Unsponsored T shirt ?"

That was the team I road with EVERY day back in liek 86-87 doing decades and tailwhips on my GT scooter back when I was like 10 !!!!

I know my old school freestyle trivia !!!!
 

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... Really ?
Wear the heck did you find tubes for that thing ??
Must be a Oregon thing or something !!!!!

Tim.. remember when Eddie got canned from GT back in the day , then the next month there was a pic in American Freertyler with him sporting a " Team Unsponsored T shirt ?"

That was the team I road with EVERY day back in liek 86-87 doing decades and tailwhips on my GT scooter back when I was like 10 !!!!

I know my old school freestyle trivia !!!!
I've heard many crazy stories from McGoo about the old days.
I had a lavender mongoose scooter with light blue haro bars, pink and white mushroom grips, and a rotor. Had an all white (everything) Hutch Windstyler too.

Did you catch the 21" and 19" thing? BRAAAHHHMM!!!
 

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cummings said:
I was wondering this same thing before x'mas... to get 24's or 26's. In the end I got 26's(mavic EX729 on xt rear hub and formula front). You should get 24's if your frame was designed for them but otherwise, stick with the 26's. 24's are lighter and sometimes a little stonger but not much. they aren't gonna make you jump higher or bunny hop higher if thats what you were thinking. However you can accelerate faster with 24's. If you are possibly gonna do some off roading like trails, get 26's, they roll over stuff easier. But 24's aren't gonna make you a better rider. just look at Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Wayne Goss- all doin dj's and street, all rollin on 26's. i'm also not saying 26's are better. I would get 24's if my frame was designed for 24's(like a Tonic Fab) and 26's if my frame was designed for 26's(like a Kona Cowan or Blk Mrkt Mob).
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you forgot tsage...

some argue too that the smaller wheels are better suited to the curve of the ramps....

meh.
 

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Dont Do It!

i have a kona cowan and throwing on 24's made its wheelbase way too long for tight street ****... stay with 26's youll be much happier!
 

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Going with a smaller wheel gave you a longer wheelbase????

zeeth2800 said:
i have a kona cowan and throwing on 24's made its wheelbase way too long for tight street ****... stay with 26's youll be much happier!
 
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