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29ers Question
« on: October 05, 2008, 10:46:18 PM »
Ok so since I am new to this I am trying to get handle on alot of of things. So Dumb Newb Question. What is the big deal about 29ers? I now know what they are but am not sure of the advantages / disadvantages. Now I have been into offroad 4x4 stuff for along time and know that larger diameter tires can smooth out irregular surfaces making for a smoother "ride" but does this transfer to this environment? Please school me.

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 06:55:36 AM »
Yes - it smooths out ride.  It gives you a bigger "patch" which means more traction.  It is harder to accelorate but once up to speed the momentum is easy to keep rolling over things.  Very few people switch to 29 and then go back to 26.

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 07:19:59 AM »
I say it is a fad, like this crazy CD thing it will pass. Bring back the 8 track!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 10:57:22 AM »
Great that is what I thought. Everything has an up and down but from my experience in offroading I can see why this would be more of an advantage. Does it reguire a special frame or would most bike frames handle the upgrade?

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 11:00:24 AM »
needs to be a 29er specific frame

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008, 02:21:42 PM »
29ers are for real!  Especially around here.  Sand?  No problem.  Roots?  No problem.  Uphills?  No problem.  Like was said above, it takes a bit longer to get the wheels moving, but they hold momentum very well.  Its like cheating going down and up the drops because the bike just keeps moving. 

I don't think I'll ever go back to 26" unless its a cheap bike build or jump bike or something like that. 

If you're serious about them, you should look into one of the many rigid single speed 29'ers.  You get good components and a very fun bike for the money.  It really put the fun back into riding for me.
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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008, 05:48:14 PM »
I'll never go back to 26". I hear folks say they accelerate slower but I don't notice it. People say they're not as nimble in tight, twisty technical stuff but I haven't noticed that, either. Fisher's G2 geometry and Fox's F29 fork with the greater offset are a match made in heaven.
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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2008, 06:26:34 PM »
Fisher's G2 geometry and Fox's F29 fork with the greater offset are a match made in heaven.

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008, 06:39:12 PM »
I tried the '9er thing, didn't care for it. Go ride one, everybody has tastes and maybe it will suit yours.
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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2008, 07:27:12 PM »
29ers are great...especially for us taller/bigger folks.  I'm 6'4" and my 26" Giant feels like a clown bike compared to my 29er.  My SS 29er makes me feel like a kid on a BMX. 

I'll be hard pressed to buy a 26" bike again.  In fact, I somewhat regret buying my Giant XTC.  I could have had a nice geared 29er for not a whole lot more.

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2008, 07:40:49 PM »
I'll never go back to 26". I hear folks say they accelerate slower but I don't notice it.
So what your saying is whether it be 29 or 26 slow is slow? ;D

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2008, 11:27:05 PM »
I'll never go back to 26". I hear folks say they accelerate slower but I don't notice it.
So what your saying is whether it be 29 or 26 slow is slow? ;D

That's what they tell me... Oh, wait.. that's what you tell me ;D Say, are you going to finish a race this year? Tally could be the one!
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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2008, 07:31:54 AM »
I'll never go back to 26". I hear folks say they accelerate slower but I don't notice it.
So what your saying is whether it be 29 or 26 slow is slow? ;D

That's what they tell me... Oh, wait.. that's what you tell me ;D Say, are you going to finish a race this year? Tally could be the one!

If he ever finished a race people would start expecting him to do it more often.
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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2008, 07:42:59 AM »
Dont want to get expectations too high but tally has been good to me  ;) I`ll give you a dollar to catch Art

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Re: 29ers Question
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2008, 08:09:36 AM »
I hear folks say they accelerate slower but I don't notice it. People say they're not as nimble in tight, twisty technical stuff but I haven't noticed that, either.

I haven't experienced that either.  Especially the part about not being as nimble.  If anything, I feel more confident in technical stuff because the bike isn't as twitchy and smoothly goes where I want it. 
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