Riding with 150’s on my muni seemed so natural till I got into the 29-er with 125’s and now 110’s.
When I took the muni out I was very aware of the amount my legs were having to shift and also of a ‘knees in my armpits’ feel.
So here’s a question for Coker riders; the standard cranks on a coker are 150’s, I’d always assumed that cos the Cokers wheel is so big the feel would be more like a 29-er with 110’s or 102’s, however the turning cirlce of the pedals is independant of the wheel size so would they feel as clumsy as the muni does to me now?
Secondly, I’ve been wondering about the characteristic ‘wheel wobble’ of unis. With a 20"-er it’s pretty high and noticibly less on a muni. Even less so on my 29-er with short cranks, the wheel tends to stay in the direction it’s pointed and roll steadily ahead.
Cokers, I hear, are even better for a good steady wobble free ride.
So what is the most important factor in low ‘wheel wobble’?
My gut feeling is that it’s the shortness of the cranks, but I’m not sure of the process by which shorter cranks would lead to less wobble.
Could wheel mass be a factor, like I said the muni rides straighter even though its cranks are longer than the 20"-ers.
Or is it not just the crank length, but the ratio of crank to wheel diameter.
I’m aware of how crank/wheel ratio affects speed and controllability, but am unsure of how relevant this is to ‘wheel wobble’.