What Happens When You Put SMALLER Wheels on your DH Bike?! | Jordan Boostmaster
What Happens When You Put SMALLER Wheels on your DH Bike?! | Jordan Boostmaster

hello how’s it going so today we’ve got
a really special video for you guys so as you guys know I’ve been a big fan of
26 inch wheels always and just this year for the first time I got 27.5 bikes my
downhill bike and my enduro bike now my downhill bike my evolve sky pilot over
here I decided to put 26 inch wheels on it and see how it rides at the Whistler
Bike Park that’s right we’re doing it 26 inch people so this front rim is an old
Mavic three-two-one I actually picked this wheel up from a fan of mine a while
ago who wasn’t gonna use his old 26 inch wheels so he gave me a couple of them I
put a fresh magic mary on there and it’s ready to roll this is custom
painted by yours truly I love how it looks I think it looks
sick with the green DVO fork and look at this hub, bronze kind
of brown I think it looks so good you will recognize this wheel from my
Devinci Wilson it’s my really old heavy aluminum boost wheel used to be Sunringle mag 30 it is a boost spacing fork but the thing is DVO gives a little
spacer I don’t know if you guys can see that there’s a small black spacer in
there to convert a non boost hub into the boost spacing so that the rotors
line up with the brake calipers on this boost fork and I’m so stoked on how it
looks looks beautiful with this fork what do you guys think? I think it looks
absolutely amazing so with the 26 inch wheels we are lowering the bottom
bracket by half an inch so it went from a 367 millimeter bottom bracket for the
center of this and now it is a 355 millimetre bottom bracket but thankfully
I’ve got this nice big beefy bash guard to protect me
alright let’s take this thing to the whistler trails and see how it rides! so
I’m riding with Paul the Punter today and I really want to see how long it takes him to
find out that I’m riding 26 inch wheels I’m not gonna tell him I just want to
see his reaction yo dude how’s it going? why have you spray the wheel on this one, wait what size wheel is that back one? guess I know I can see it, I can tell, and the front one is 26 I was just gonna see how long it took for you to notice! It took me seconds! dude I am so stoked! Fresh tires this
thing is beautiful look at your wheels! look at your insane wheels! oh man yeah let’s
do aA-line to ninja cuges try out these 26 inch wheels Wow all right this beer
oh is it beautiful oh not very good at this manually boy you tomorrow I’m rusty it’s been a
week and a half since I rode last times that Sun Peaks my initial thoughts so far on these blue
trails that it’s working really well but I still gotta get more warmed up to see
how I can really ride with these wheels on this bike the funny thing is I didn’t
weigh my bike yet but his rear wheel is pretty heavy I think my whole bike is
heavier with the smaller wheels because those ones are carbon these ones are
aluminum with this ones like so heavy way back when I got the carbon wheel set
I did weigh the bare wheels the bare rear carbon wheel was 1.0 to 5 kilograms
and the bare rear aluminum wheel was 1.4 3 kilograms I’d also weighed the front
wheel with the tire on it way back and it was showing 2.67 5 kilograms while
this aluminum front wheel with a tire on it is showing two point eight seven five
kilograms that’s a difference of about 600 grams which equals one point three
pounds so my whole bike with the carbon wheels weighs about 30 9.2 pounds so
basically with these aluminum wheels I made my bike weigh about 40 and a half
pounds there are definitely lighter aluminum wheels out there but I just
wasn’t using them whoo right on who first la anymore
warmer the weather was having fun with us today
classic BC whether there was rain Sun it was overcast we were only missing the
snow all right let’s uh get it now let’s actually see how we do on a
line 26 inch wheels baby all right had a bit of a warm-up last run all right doing good feeling good with these wheels whoo oh
yeah I am I’m feeling perfectly good how is it please it’s nice you just do the
job no great yeah pretty much let’s give it a go so Paul really needs
to get that one jump after the edge drop so uh hopefully I can give it an
inspiration yeah yeah I just rolled that no break just
made it whoa was it awkward wait yeah that’s
good so what happened I went down they feel
fine yeah having that lower braun bracket it’s not going to be any problem
on those float rails like a line or any of those blue single track trails we
rode either but it will become a problem if we are to do any black or double
black diamond tack you want to do some techy stuff yeah all right let’s see how
these little wheels do on this first under intact open I don’t like freaking
alarm bracket we are gonna test out my bottom bracket height and do a couple
double black trails well huh I think I hit my bond Rocky oh yeah I didn’t send that drop because
I got flats before I don’t want to go too crazy yeah I just got this part so crazy what
a mess where’s Paul send it dude I hit my
bottom racket twice those guys guys so the lower bottom bracket was the main
hindrance on these double black tech trails my evolved sky palette is
actually very good at tackling the gnarly steeper rough techie trails and
so now with the 26 inch wheels I’m not too sure if that was making too much
difference as I said it was that lower bottom bracket that was really hindering
me the most that was good that was fun all right seconds yelling pretty good actually
so Paul wants to do this drop for the first time the one coming up here you know totally
to it just roll easy oh I thought you’re gonna roll behind me yeah you don’t need
to be at all you can go nice and slow all right I’ll
tell them in Paul was having a harder time on this
drop and unfortunately never ended up doing it I suppose my 26 inch wheels
weren’t very inspiring to him let’s continue the weather’s getting nicer
this is sick wow that was gnarly off that’s kind of a
big drop too and you like send it I think that’s about as much gnarly tech
that I’m going to do for today I’m feeling really good right now and warmed
up so I just want to see what I can do with this wheel setup back Bru’s how it’s going good alright follow
mr. Paul the punter don’t trails like angry pirate I thought we’re running
very nicely with this whole 26-inch setup I think that there are even
advantages to having that lower center of gravity on some of these trails even
though I would normally want that higher bond bracket it was these tighter turns
that you find here and especially on ninja cougar I was loving these wheels
on this kind of stuff so it good yeah that is good fun that feels great ah you didn’t pretty good with the one
putters hostel yeah I’m pretty good now tighter trails like
double Courvoisier were another great examples of trails that felt so good
with these smaller wheels the added agility was a nice feeling well this is
so fun so smooth all right I was thick all right Seeger
merchants let’s see how it goes my 26 inch wheels on my Scott College it was
still running pretty good even though it was starting to rain a bit again here
especially this first half it always runs very nicely wait it’s raining a bit I suck so well wait I was actually really good I do have to say I was struggling on
this later portion of dirt merchants though obviously the conditions are not
the best right now anyway but even with twenty seven five wheels I still
struggle to properly clear some of these later jumps on dirt merchant man yeah
it’s really slow that’s for sure oh that was tough but yeah I was wet it is
usually slower when it’s wet like that okay yeah Maureen yeah Paul did end up
giving up on his goal to clear that one jump on a line and that’s okay sometimes
it’s better to just forget about goals and just have fun and ride your bike you
know by the end of the day I was feeling so good on these wheels shred and a line
was tons of fun but it’s the kind of thing that you can’t tell while watching
the video you can only tell speeds and this and that you can’t tell how it
really feels for me and you know what I was really enjoying it but at the same
time I’ll have to admit it wasn’t necessarily that different for my carbon
27:5 wheels especially considering these aluminum wheels were heavier than my
bigger wheels so that’s kind of funny but even with the heavier wheels and the
lower bottom bracket height I was feeling totally awesome on trails like a
line or those blue flowier trails like a ninja cougar hochiminh
railey and the berms was so much fun but I do have to say if your bike is made
for a certain wheel size it’s gonna be best to ride that wheel size generally
so I’m gonna be putting back on my 27 5 wheels onto the sky pallet it is how
it’s supposed to be ridden and that way I can have the proper bottom bracket
height and ride the tech trails a lot better
oh yeah there we go man I gotta get better at that corner that’s one butter pretty go with those
one butter 1/4 again but you know what I actually decided to do a fun little
comparison kind of video and that’s what you’re gonna see next week I’m gonna do
a fun little comparison with my two wheel sizes here at Whistler so stay
tuned for next week’s video thank you all so much for watching I got to give a
huge shout out to my favorite sponsors which are my patrons on patreon if you
guys like downhill and freeride content make sure you guys subscribe and check
out all my other videos thanks guys see you next time

100 thoughts on “What Happens When You Put SMALLER Wheels on your DH Bike?! | Jordan Boostmaster”

  1. T j says:

    I put 26 inch wheels on my Enduro and built it purely for jumps, but on a park bike I would always go for 27,5 Inc

    But it should feel amazing on jumps and berms

    Not so good on tech

  2. Lumber Jack says:

    I belive 26 is not dead since it offers maximum fun (not that you vant have fun with 27,29)

  3. Phoenix mtb says:

    Hi Jordan boostmaster love your videos you inspired me to start racing

  4. Hamish Malcolm says:

    Sick! Love the Content!

  5. Miguel Gomes says:

    I run 27.5 up front and 26 on the back and its the dream, you should try it out

  6. Mason Rudolph says:

    Paul earned some street cred seeing them that fast

  7. Biking Fantasy - Street & Trail says:

    Try 27.5 in the back and 26 in the front

  8. Piotr Sulej says:

    I don't see a point of doing that with big bikes, but I built myself a modern iah XC bike on an older 29er frame by putting 27.5 wheels on an a longser fork, it's nicely stable and balanced with slack enough head angle this way 🙂 I did this to save money really.

  9. Benton McLean says:


  10. thedownshiftchannel says:

    I’ve literally just changed from 26 to 27.5

  11. Arion Hylander says:

    I've almost always been riding 29, but i feel like a smaller wheelsize would fit my riding style a little better. 26 feels too small.

  12. SeikoFPS says:

    you should atleast have one fun bike dh with 26 inches

  13. Little ginger Leprechaun says:

    All my 3 bikes are 26" it’s so hard to get tyres but if you need and different I have about 10 spare rims if you need any
    Also love the vids

  14. TheNotoriousMIC says:

    There’s barely any difference between 26 and 650b it’s all in your head. If anything it’s worse due the the heavier wheels.

  15. Jake Dawg says:

    It actually looks sick

  16. Alex Sartorius says:

    Is he saying right on or ride on ? Lol

  17. Corey MTB says:

    I could never go back to 26” especially after riding 27.5 plus tires it’s almost like the industry is pushing away with most 26” tires being more than most 27.5 and 29” wheels

  18. CBYR says:

    I was against the new wheel sizes… Now I'm emvracing trying differnt things. Except mullet bikes… Mullet bikes is where I draw the line.

  19. txhookey says:

    26" back, 27.5" front or go crazy and slap a 29" on front.

  20. Thomas Fenlon says:

    It's all on how adaptable you are and what you do with the bike . You shred either way but when your used to something it's hard to get used to new stuff sometimes . For me it was hydraulic brakes I rode for so many years with sloppy cable actuated brakes that my hands and brain had trouble with how the new brakes feel but old dog learning new tricks lol

  21. t00 sp00ky says:

    God damn you Jordan ha! I finally decided today my next bike was gonna be a 29er even though I'm not really feeling it atm. Now I'm thinking no way again!

  22. Adrian Waibel says:

    I have a 26 enduro (Scott Genius lt 40 2011)

  23. Nathan says:

    Spoiler alert – It's not the wheels he's loving in the fast tight turns, its the lower COG. That feel can be made with other adjustments on 27.5

  24. BlueJAY says:

    Try a mullet setup! (27.5" front, 26" rear)

  25. Alex Brogan says:

    Do a Wilson makeover

  26. xd example says:

    It looks sick I am sure it feels sick

  27. simonExplorer says:

    Last year I used to ride a scott gambler, it was slightly big for me but it had a frame that could fit 26 and 650b wheels. So when I cracked the rear rim and I had no time to buy a new one I put my old 26" wheelset on it. It felt way better! I always complained about weight and geometry but that day I had a great time hitting jumps and berms. Sometimes I miss it but now I'm happy with my 650b Wilson

  28. XBR says:

    Nice vid. I think its more about the geo of modern bikes than the wheel size. When comeing from 27,5 back to my 26 it feels like a kidsbike. But if they build 26" with longer reach, steeper seat and topangle… why not?

  29. Mario Solorzano says:

    dam that real alu wheel is super heavy wtf, with an XT cassette thats 2 kilos!

  30. MY PLAYTIME says:

    Sweeeeeeet wheels 😘 camo all the way bud 👊 ok so maybe I'm a little bias towards camo being ex British Army. Great vid

  31. Luke Schlieper says:

    You should go mullet with 26 rear and 27.5 front

  32. GOompa Loompayjh 2uuyg says:

    put a 27.5 front wheel and 26 rear

  33. SeanIsHere says:

    Your videos really make my day considering my bike is broken and I haven’t been riding in over a year

  34. Louis Mackenzie says:

    I really enjoy this sort of vlog style video, keep it up bro!

  35. Col Rock100 says:

    26 rules 🤘 I know a guy running a old school stinky on 26's and he regularly smokes everyone sending it BIG 😎

  36. Chris Brohammer says:

    Thanks to you for making this Video. I Ride a 2014 specialized Enduro evo on 26" and sometimes im not sure about that! Especial when i See that i am the only one on 26" wheels but actually i am very happy with my my bike and thats the Point. 👍

  37. Tomas Warner says:

    Seems like you didn't adjust your rear suspension. I will only ride 26! Great Vid.

  38. Kirk Engnath says:

    The 26" wheel's will be a lot more responsive. The only minor draw back is you won't get the same stroke when peddling, one big bonus is that you will have a better sprint and take off from the starting line. Not as much strength needed to get 26's rolling fast but you will need stamina to keep the speed up.

  39. Graham Wilson says:

    Man I don't think any wheel size is better, it just depends what you like riding 🙂

  40. Cameron Born says:

    love the change of pace with a different kind of video… keep it up👍🏻

  41. Phil Thomas says:

    Bought a used bike so I run 26. Had the opportunity to demo 27 and I declined. New to mtb so still getting used to 26 from my normal 20’s. Awesome vids man always looking forward to new stuff from you.

  42. drojim184 says:

    Dude u took the thought out my head and made a video. Awesome bro. I've been wondering how you u felt about the 27.5 compared to your old original style riding off the 26. I love that you did this video.

  43. sia says:

    good ol‘ Mavic 26‘er👍
    Perfect Rims, Period!!!
    I don’t get it why the Industry goes for 29‘ers…

  44. raylynn carolin says:

    dude…you smoking weed again?

  45. Andy Nebo says:

    Wish there was an in between size: 27 inch or something

  46. Biking with Bryson says:

    My bike is 19 pounds

  47. pdpd says:

    lol have the same hubs, can confirm they're lovely

  48. EnglishSupaMan says:

    Anyone know what body amour Paul is wearing? The fox one

  49. PlaneandSimple says:

    IYO, do you think manufacturers should keep 26" on the table and design frames with increased bracket height for 26ers?
    Paul is most certainly a sweetheart but, chicken ass Yuka hit that drop on half the bike and crashed a few times before she got it…..

  50. Tha Fish Guy says:

    Could you please do a throw back episode, and ride your devinci Wilson??? 🙂

  51. Adam Palmer says:

    I came from bmx and 26” still feels like I’m riding a giraffe

  52. Grayson Adams says:

    Oh nooo… cant say I'm surprised

  53. Dj Mystery says:

    Do your brakes feel noticeably stronger with smaller wheels?

  54. Neo Smith says:

    Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, I rocked a 26" front and a 24" rear on my DH bike.

  55. butlergl says:

    Even wet your getting great traction. Are the trails that grippy?

  56. The Typical Me says:

    I think that the smaller the wheels, the easier to go faster.

  57. vinesnare says:

    I thought that the bike park was closed after mid november?

  58. P. Griffith says:

    Look you all nimbly bimbly like.

  59. Yanuario Arias says:

    all my bikes are 26, I don't think ill ever change that.

  60. Carter Molchan says:

    You should try 27.5 in the front and 26 in the back

  61. On the Trail says:

    Weight dosnt matter going downhill or hitting jumps to me I don’t get why it’s even a thing i understand when peddling up hills though

  62. Fabio Wibmer says:

    Sick! ❤️👌

  63. Nick5220 - says:

    Alright im semi new to the stuff, what is a boost wheel? whats so good about it?

  64. Nolan Redder says:

    Or you could do 27.5 front 26 in the back

  65. Chad Barrymore says:

    Ok so he is definitely baked in the intro

  66. Marc-andré Pichette says:

    All wheel sizes are great, but in a different way. If you’re a rider who don’t really like racing and who just love riding for fun and to get sendy on huge jumps, 26 is for you. If you’re more a racing oriented rider, 29 is defenitly great for you. And if you do both, I think this is why 27.5 exist. I just think that it’s a very sad thing that all of the mtb brands aren’t making anymore 26inch wheel enduro or dh bikes

  67. Richard says:

    See…26 aint dead… OiOi 💯.

  68. Rafael Leyva says:

    I just somewhat converted a Kona operator to a mullet with 180mm 27.5 in fork with 27.5 front wheel and kept the rear wheel a 26. Have not tested it out over but pedaling feels good. Hopefully soon.

  69. Connor Parmelee Mtb says:

    My brand new bike I got this year is 26 and has a 2.8inch wide tires!

  70. Don McNeil says:

    Can you feel the difference in weight??

  71. JRasS14 says:

    Not that low, my nomad is 344mm? I’d prefer higher. Seems majority are comparable even 29ers (megatower is 343mm in high).

  72. Scott Wilson says:

    Wow dude. Your so pinned. I'm puckered just watching your video. Thank you

  73. Yhigma says:

    You should try 26" up front and 27.5" out back, I'd be interested to know what it feels like

  74. damphear2 says:

    novatec or halo makes bomb proof 26

  75. Bo Lawrence says:

    I've got a 2003 Gary Fisher Sugar 2+ disk 26" wheels, tubless now. I've modernized it. The Fox Float and Talon are rebuilt and hold air great. Rides like a champ!

  76. Peter Amico says:

    love the "meme" at the beginning!!

  77. Spencer Rides says:

    How do you do one footers so well?
    Also your content has been really good lately, smashing that sub button.

  78. tommystock64 says:

    try the larger on front with the 26 on the back ?

  79. Liam Woodhouse says:

    My 07 banshee scream has full 26” wheels, S-Type up front, MAG-30 rear. But with the monster T’s I’m always going into auto pilot off of drops and jumps

  80. KestrelYI says:

    But you've always got the Wilson, no? 🙂

  81. pasqual vargas says:

    I ride a 26 rim bike and I love it also I have a 20 spoke crack set and everyone things I am crazy but I always send it.

  82. Shortbread MTB says:

    24 inch back, 29 inch front, call it a day. We shall call it… The turbo Mullet 😎

  83. Brayden Money says:

    I always use 26 it my only choice and they are great

  84. Pedal Productions says:

    26" for life
    I just updraded from a small xc frame with 26ers to medium enduro frame but im still running the 26ers

  85. unkwown user says:

    Specialized pitch 2010 26er for ever. I have 2 specialized 26er and are so funny

  86. Riley Blundell says:

    Awesome video but your steez is not that good sorry 🤙

  87. Joel Durand says:

    how clean does pauls dh look

  88. Frank Ricard says:

    I put 26" wheels on my 26" bike. Nothing noteworthy happened. It works well.

  89. Jack Ammo Man says:

    This is the kind of videos Seths bike hacks should be doing. Getting tired of watching those trail builds now.

  90. Harry Lockwood says:

    If you go on pinkbike, and search: 'steel city media 26's aren't dead' that is the vid for you

  91. code bear says:

    What a shock Paul didn't do the jump or the drop. At least he's consistant

  92. C. Huber says:

    Jordan doing no footers
    me: Ok Boomer!

    sry but always felt like that xD

  93. Martin Sitas says:

    I only ride 26" 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NpsmvXdpaI

  94. rekamniar says:

    I hope Ill be seeing new mullet bikes with an emphasis on 26" wheels.

  95. mikeaze423 says:

    In the early to mid 2000s down hill bikes had 26front 24 rear try 27.5 front 26 rear

  96. Doc McCoy says:

    Brandon Semenuk won this year's Rampage on 26" wheels. He must know something about bikes.

  97. Honormy !!! says:

    I ride a 26" iron horse Sunday and love it, but I don't notice the difference comming off of a 27" enduro, the wheel sizes both feel similar to the same!!!

  98. Downhill 4Life says:

    Sun Ringle Mag30 and D321… my favorite rims! I love original the gun metal Mag30's! You're going old school my friend, I'm excited!

  99. hum humm says:

    14" inch!

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