Ride bike or bike ride?
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Bikes: MongoosePro DH, Dart custom road bike, .243 Racing FR street bike
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One thing that no-one here has mentioned is one of the advantages of a 24inch rear. It has better acceleration. If you jump people om the start, and take the right lines ie block. You would have an advantage. Also a 24inch rim is stronger, but that probasbly doesn't matter. However, if it is a track which is extremely fast then you will not be able to reach the same top speed as someone with a 26inch wheel. Then again the 24 has a good topspeed. When I was on my bighit, I could get to 60km/h.
It does sound like you need either a better rim (I don't thionk you need a better one, that rim os ok) or a good rebuild. This will stop the flex. Also if you are going to run wide tyres, remember that you need to leave a bit of clearence in the rear triangle for mud.