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I run a 24" back wheel on my DH bike for two reasons. The first and most important is acceleration. When i pile into a turn and have to slam on the brakes...the 24 inch wheel helps me get back to speed way faster. With the way trails are here...its a definite help.
Also...strength is a big factor. Im notorious for smashing rear wheels. I do so alot less with a 24" 36 spoke doublewide on XT hub. Although my current one looks like a stopsign after about a year of use.
A 24" wheel also helps with making the bike whippier to steer in tight sections IMO. You can also, on some frames, run a wider rear tire if you use a 24" wheel.
The downide is that the wheel wont roll over some stuff as smooth. You're more prone sticking the thing between roots and rocks because of its small size. And...your top speed will suffer if you dont use big enough gears with it.
Hope that helps