Join Date: May 2002
Location: Clermont County, Ohio
Bikes: Electra Townie 21D, Fuji Saratoga 1.0
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This topic comes up every once in a while, the ol' 20" vs 26" wheel question: which is "faster", etc.? Usually the V-Rex or Rocket are the subjects of this question, for example. My opinion, coming from riding both wheel configurations is that this is little difference attributed solely to the wheel size. It is also the gearing of the bike and the engine. Comparing the V-Rex and the Rocket, for example, I could see no difference. The Rocket is geared a little higher than the Rex. The Rex has a 26" rear wheel. Personally, I considered the Rocket a faster accelerator and easy to maintain speed over distance. Rex traveled fast over distance, slower to start off. Go figure.
I think a few years ago this topic got going in fine detail over on BROL. If I remember correctly, after all the measuring and calculating, no definitive conclusion was reached. But it sure was a fine topic! Ride what you enjoy, what fits you and your style, and don't put so much stock in it as it probably doesn't matter all that much.