We all remember our first mountain bike. For many of us it was a bike like the Lana’i. Affordable enough not to feel too risky but stocked with components that give you the freedom to explore off-road. The Lana’i features integrated Shimano shifters and brake levers to streamline the cockpit and is now available in three wheel sizes: 26″ for size XS, 27.5″ for S and M, and 29″ for L and XL. With a Shimano drivetrain, Tektro disc brakes and a 100mm travel fork, the Lana’i is the perfect way to dip your toes in the dirt.
The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones.