That's true enough. Hap described them as "comfort producers" at the time they were introduced. But I've ridden both 18s, 19s and 16s over various terrain and never could tell that 16s produced that much moreOriginally posted by AdminGuy
The 16" ballon tires were great at the time. Gravel roads were the norm. Not alot of high speed work. Tires were extra shock absorbtion.
"comfort." But the minute you slap an 18 or a 19 on the front and your bike handles so much better!