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Big Front Wheel Help!

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I'm in last steps of planning my project bike, have the colours, all the extras etc. just don't like the stock wheels from the 2008 bike, just don't go.

I've seen some lovely chrome wheels buy different manufacturers which seem fine.

The one thing my mechanics have come up was did I want to go for the big front wheel like a lot of people seem to go for.

I need some help only having ridden on stock I didn't mind the ride, especially on motorways and on local roads. Now I now a lot of you with the larger front wheels obviously live the US, but I would like to know:

Does having the front wheel have any draw backs?
Does it affect handling?
Knowing most of your roads are straight over there, in the UK they are rare what's the handling like on twisty rural roads like?

Any help really appreciated.


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Youll get a wide range of reponses here. With the different type of riding styles and expectations of the bike to perform those expectations there are several factors. I personally dont have any experience running oversized wheels, but I will say there isnt any application where you add form without sacrificing function, and vice versa. So, the basics would be as I see them:

Price - Get ready to pay with the initial purchase, and with tire replacement
Brakes - You may want to add bigger brakes or change to a single caliper as so to show off the bling.
Ride - I cant see taking away side wall and keeping a smooth ride, but with a small sidewall you should have quick handling characteristics.
Looks - their is nothing to dispute here, bigger wheels adds bigger bling.

Its definitely the latest trend with bikes. It reminds me of the fat tire phase where bikes ended up with a 300mm tire only to use an inch out of the center. In the end you just laugh about it, much like wearing a mullet and parachute pants.

,,,and by the way, we have curvy roads here also. Depends what part of the country you live in.
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