The reverse mullet is the new hotness.
I'd be curious to know how it "really helped". Not saying he's wrong, but riding that trail with a 29 vs 27.5 rear is probably a very, very minimal difference.I don't think they are for everyone, but they serve certain purposed, Hardtail Party just published this video riding some crazy scary trail on a 'mulleted' Banshee Paradox that really helped the bike in that specific situation:
I’ve tried it. i Could feel a significant difference when skidding the rear around the corners, broke loose quicker but felt like an anchor. Pedal strikes were about the same. Seemed like I was sliding forward a bit and putting more weight on my bars compared running matched tires. Ran 2.8 up front, 2.4 in back. So I guess the on question is...I'd be curious to know how it "really helped". Not saying he's wrong, but riding that trail with a 29 vs 27.5 rear is probably a very, very minimal difference.
Keep in mind that these guys on YouTube tend to embellish things to make their content seem more interesting.
I would be surprised if mullets don't blow up like we've never seen before soon. Why you ask? Because 29'ers have taken over like no one ever thought they would with many shorter riders jumping on the bandwagon. Many of these sub 5'10" riders will grow tired of burn outs on their bung holes. Considering the lion's share of rollover happens up front, mullets will still provide most of the benefits of full 29 without the skid marks on your drawers.mullet bikes are not back, it's not a craze, it's a dead end.
Also of note, the dirtbike knobby has been going since the 60's and the tread pattern has changed very little. Spot on observation although, a 250 cc stroker makes more watts than anyone!I'm no engineer, and my comparison here is a dirt motorcycle vs. a mountain bike...but here it is. A 21" front dirt motor wheel and knobby on most dirt bikes is almost exactly the same height as a 27.5 MTB wheel and tire in the 2.35-2.4 range. An 18" rear dirt motor wheel and knobby is almost exactly the same height at a 26" MTB wheel and tire in the 2.4 range.
Why don't dirt motos have equally sized wheels and tires front and rear? Off road dirt motos have had the 21/18 combo for decades. MX has gone to a 19" rear for the most part, but it is not for "rollover" improvement...it's lower, stiffer sidewall for track performance. Honda tried a 23" front for a couple of years, and it was a flop.
Yes, some apples to lug wrenches comparison here, but it is a wheels and tires on off road conditions comparison. There are some crossover elements at play based on physics, but I'm not claiming this absolutely answers the mullet question posed here. I think I can state with a little certainty that mountain bike wheels and tires don't have to be the same size front and rear to perform excellently. Having played with the 29/26 combo quite a few years ago, I'll say the slight acceleration benefit of a 26" rear has some merit...along with some negatives. My current setup for my use for decently rough, technical off road is the 27.5/26...the rear having as large a tire footprint as possible. I'm sure I could easily be happy with a 27.5/27.5. The 29/29 has always felt a little ponderous to me. I am obviously in the minority. That's fine...it's why we have options.
And/ or a taller lower headset cup would be a cheap way to lift it a tiny bit more if yours isnt already max heightGonna rock the trend here and say I might give it a shot over the summer. I have a Honzo ST just waiting for an oddball experiment like this. I'm a bit concerned about dropping the BB even more though since the bike isn't designed for this. Maybe I'll add some travel to the fork at the same time for the full effect