AHA- there's is indeed a good point in thereMarch 25 2012 at 9:56 PM
rex (Login thestinkiestbob)
Response to One of your assumptions is nonsense
I've recently tried a combination of 16 and 18 inch wheels front and back and I have come to the conclusion that my bike handles best when both tyres are the same size. It's already a bit twitchy by being a very short wheelbase (the shortest 250 frame one MZ made)and it was a bit too sinister at highway speed like that.
Yesterday and today I ran around with a 16 rear and an 18 front and found the front suspension to get a lot stiffer for some reason and the bike was very uncomfortable over bumps.
Unfortunately my forks as standard can't be moved in the top yoke so that option is sadly not available without some modification that I'm too bone idle to perform. And I really don't feel like making some other struts for the back so due to lethargy I am stuck with what has been on there for like the past 15 years already.
I did once upon a time have an 18" Avon Square Death on the rear when I was a courier and as I remember it lasted for ages, far longer than any tyre I've ever had. I was well pleased with it. I had forgotten about that.
And I seem to remember that some years ago after I went to 16" wheels for reasons too complicated to explain here, that I could not get that Avon tyre in a 16". Recent experimentation has shown me that a 3.50 rear and a 3.00 front are about the best handling I've ever had, and as I recall the Avons don't have much if any choice in 16".
Therefore, you have to my astonishment tipped the balance in favor of 18" wheels just when I was about to go with 16's.
This is an interesting debate that will forge the future of my glorious bike whatever the outcome.