Old 12-15-20, 10:45 AM
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wheel sizes are not what makes one bike definitively different from one another. you have to take several other factors into consideration. if you're looking at two VERY similar bikes that mainly only differ in wheel size, the smaller wheels will be easier to toss around (think about bmx bikes and what you can do with smaller wheels) but the larger wheels will hold momentum better over terrain (think of a monster truck driving over a row of old cars). keep in mind that is a generalization and the real, specific differences would also take into account suspension, frame geometry, type of tires, drivetrain, choices, etc.
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