Wheel sizes and big tires

OK, so I was asked the other day about what wheel on what bike, so I thought I should share a little more about what fits, what you should ride and why. 

If you look at bikes in general, you'll see tires are getting bigger, traditional sizes for categories have been thrown out and its turning more into a "My bike has to fit the tires I need for a certain event" market place. So what does that mean for you a Penhale customer? Simply put all of the Penhale bikes can fit multiple wheel sizes and multiple widths and still handle well.

Start with the Gypsy, its designed to take up to a 29 x 2.1, most comfortable with a 29 x 2, but it'll also clear a 27.5 x 2.3 or if you're feeling roady, run down to a 700 x 37c. Why would you do that? Well if you're heading out on tour you can set your bike up for the terrain. Our UK brand ambassador Trev is heading to Scotland for a few days bushwhacking, so he took off his regular 29 x 1.9 tires and dropped in his spare wheels off his B'Stard. It'll give him a little more option for float over terrain and also a little more wheel strength.

Big tire Gypsy with 27.5 x 2.3

Big tire Gypsy with 27.5 x 2.3

On the B'Stard, Its designed around a 27.5 x 2.3, but it'll take a 26 x 2.8 or again, need to go all roady to commute, 700 x 35ish will also fit. The Vagabond is at heart a plus wheel tourer using 27.5 x 2.8 - 3" tires to float over the nastiest terrain, but by all means drop in your 29 x 2.4 tires for a little more XC speed. Beauty of these options is that you can build up your bike the way it suits you - for soft terrain, nasty technical trails or ripping down single track, where ever you want to go you've got options.