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Offline Jim DeLuca

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29er question
« on: April 30, 2009, 03:52:16 PM »
I know everyone has different taste in bikes, and just wanted some opinions if you think the 29ers are a fad, or the future of the mountain bike, and I'm talking about all bikes....f/s, hardtail, whatever.
In my opinion, I think the advantages clearly out weigh the disadvatages. 

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 04:20:05 PM »
it's a fad...ask FactorE
 

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 04:23:17 PM »
it is personal taste - I tried it and liked 26er way better - that is personal preference though.

to me the advantages of 26ers especially on FL trails outweigh 29ers

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 04:38:07 PM »
I'd say they are neither a fad or the future, but just a niche product...they are like the Mac's of the cycling world.
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Re: 29er question
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 04:51:09 PM »
In your opinion, what are the advantages ???

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 05:10:18 PM »
Rolling resistance.  A 29" wheel will roll over roots, rocks better than a 26".  Plus it seems you would cover more ground.  I got the idea watching my so on his 24", and see what a difference getting him on a 26" would be.  I would think the same about going 26 to 29.  Once again, just my opinion.

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 05:30:36 PM »
if you like to leave the ground then a 29er may not be the bike for you. I think they make good race bikes though.

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2009, 06:42:34 PM »
Not a fad or the future, but just another option to chose from.  I own a 29er (SS rigid) and a regular ole 26" (hardtail w/suspension fork) and thoroughly enjoy riding both.

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009, 07:57:03 PM »
if you like to leave the ground then a 29er may not be the bike for you. I think they make good race bikes though.
Never thought of that one.  I haven't tried to get mine in the air, but can see how that could be a challenge.

Not a fad or the future, but just another option to chose from.  I own a 29er (SS rigid) and a regular ole 26" (hardtail w/suspension fork) and thoroughly enjoy riding both.

Alan...I hear ya on that.  I'm hoping they stay an option, and put more brands, and parts in the market.



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Re: 29er question
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 08:08:54 PM »
I think 29r's are established enough that they won't go away and will always be an option, but I doubt they'll ever be the norm for mountain bikes.
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Re: 29er question
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2009, 08:26:16 AM »
I'd say they are neither a fad or the future, but just a niche product...they are like the Mac's of the cycling world.

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2009, 08:51:21 AM »
I would my next bike to be a f/s 29er, after I finish my SS,  but there are not many choices out there. 

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2009, 09:00:58 AM »
I would my next bike to be a f/s 29er, after I finish my SS,  but there are not many choices out there.

if I ever did 29er again, after riding this Ellsworth I have, it would be an Ells Evolve - I have never ridden a FS bike that was as sliky smooth and an Ells

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Re: 29er question
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2009, 09:45:25 AM »
I have a 29'r SS with front suspension and can tell you without ANY doubt that it will catch the 26'r in front of me if we are just coasting down the trail (happens every time). My main riding partner says "I hate when you ride that bike". I honestly notice that it goes over the roots easier but it wasn't a night and day difference over my 26'r.
 
I can say that I don't like it on tight switchbacks due to it feeling like I'm on a freaking road bike. If I was to buy a brand new bike and didn't plan on hucking it off anything I'd get 29' wheels for sure. This is due to the fact that I like to ride all the gnarly stuff I'd rather have a 26'r and not worry about tacoing those big ass wheels.
 
If you search out this topic on this forum you can read different opinions all day long. I was constantly asking the same kinda questions you are and finally just had to buy a used one to see for myself as opinions are all over the road and some people take this topic way to seriously to say the least. I didn't spend much on my 29'r ($600) so I feel I can give an review based on how I actually like it and not how badly I need to justify the $3000 I just spent. Go ahead and do a search as this subject is very tired.
 
Oh yeah, don't sell your FS 26'r as you may really regret not having it as an option when the specific trails calls for it. I rode my SS 29'r exclusively for a few months, but now ride my FS26'r exclusively. I plan to jump back on the 29'r SS soon and build up my legs again.
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Re: 29er question
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2009, 10:06:11 AM »
FACT: you can't huck a 29er

 

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