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Default 23" or 26" front wheel that is the question?

I just ordered the vicbaggers triple trees to start collecting my parts for the front end but am torn between a 23" or 26" wheel. The 26" looks like it cost about $2k more +/- a few dollars but looks sweet. And then I think of the other options I could use that for if I did a 23" wheel instead(hard lowers, speaker lids, etc...). What are the pros and cons for one versus the other? Thoughts?


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Not knowing if you have abs. You would need a new ring new fender kickstand and the higher you go the shity your ride will get. Your cornering will change and your exhaust can drag.
You'll become a profiler and not a rider
stick a 2 1/2" board under your tire and see what you think. Put a board under kickstand if you do

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stick a 2 1/2" board under your tire and see what you think. Put a board under kickstand if you do

This will give me the riding stance of the bike for the 23" I'm guessing which I think I'm leaning more towards just bc I can do other things with the cost difference for the bike.


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I have a 23" and have ridden HARD in the mountains. It handles GREAT! The ride is no different, but the turning radius is bigger. It just takes a little getting used to (slamming the BACK end, is another story).
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I think if you are wanting to ride/tour on it, go 23". If you want a show bike go 26". The XC stands out so much in a sea of HDs that the ridiculous big wheels aren't necessary. The 23" I have gets a TON of attention (all positive, at least to my face).



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There is no way a bigger front wheel improves the handleing of the bike. You can profile, but lose real world rideability.

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Not knowing if you have abs. You would need a new ring new fender kickstand and the higher you go the shity your ride will get. Your cornering will change and your exhaust can drag.
You'll become a profiler and not a rider
stick a 2 1/2" board under your tire and see what you think. Put a board under kickstand if you do
So not true. How many people do you know with big wheels? None I'll bet. There are guys who ride 1000's of miles with big wheels and guys with stock bike who barely ride. My 23 handles great. Slight learning curve just like anything else. I'm sure you don't like choppers too. Each to their but don't talk to something you gave no personal experience with. I can't wait for my 26. Should have skipped the 23"

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I can't wait for my 26. Should have skipped the 23"

See that's what I'm worried about. I don't want to wish I had just went 26" from the gate. I know I'll ride the hell out of it no matter what size wheel is on it. But I have also seen a few 26"s that the fairing just doesn't look right. Like it's too far away or sits too high and a lot of the pics of 26" bikes are slammed with an air ride so it's hard to tell what the front end looks like in a riding stance. So I don't want something that looks ridiculous. I have seen a 23" bike in the same color as mine and it was impressive. But I have yet to see a 26" in person that's what makes it difficult bc things don't always look as good in person as they do in pics


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If big front wheels improved handling, all the manufacturers would be competeing for the biggest. Flat roads may be fine. Try Hurricane Mountain Road in NH with a big wheel.

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I'm not looking for improved handling it's more for just overall look of the bike. I understand handling will be affected but I'm used to it. My other bike I ride has a big back tire and is slammed.


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I have a 23" and have ridden HARD in the mountains. It handles GREAT! The ride is no different, but the turning radius is bigger. It just takes a little getting used to (slamming the BACK end, is another story).
Check out my Dragon thread/review
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...+of+the+dragon
I think if you are wanting to ride/tour on it, go 23". If you want a show bike go 26". The XC stands out so much in a sea of HDs that the ridiculous big wheels aren't necessary. The 23" I have gets a TON of attention (all positive, at least to my face).
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