The benefits of big wheels

One of the many unique features of an Islabike is that we always design bikes with the biggest wheels possible for its intended rider. For example, while a child of a certain size would fit bikes from other brands that use 16in wheels, that same rider might fit an Islabike that uses 20in wheels. But why is that such a benefit? And how do we achieve it? Here we explain all the benefits of bigger wheels.

Why bigger is better

The notion that bigger bike wheels can have significant benefits isn’t something limited to just young and developing cyclists. The whole shift from 26in wheels, which used to be the norm for mountain bikes, to 27.5in and 29in wheels shows that adults have recognised the advantages, too.

The most important benefit of bigger wheels is that they help smooth out the surface under tread. Imagine suitcase wheels rolling over rocks and then think of how a mountain bike wheel would cope. The mountain bike wheel would be by far the better choice. Of course, the suitcase wheels and mountain bike wheels are an extreme comparison, but the incremental benefits of bigger wheels exist among smaller differences in size and are particularly important for young riders.

Also, a spinning wheel creates stability and a large wheel is more stable than a small one. This additional stability substantially improves rider confidence meaning young riders can develop their cycling abilities a lot quicker and more easily on bikes with bigger wheels.

How Islabikes fits big wheels

Using our years of experience, we know exactly where the three contact points (saddle, pedals and handlebar) must be situated for any size of rider. We then optimise frame geometry and component design further to allow a low standover height for fit and comfort.

It’s all an example of our approach to holistic design, where each aspect or ingredient of an Islabike contributes to the success of the whole product and gives young Islabike riders the best experience of cycling.