Conrad Stoltz 29er Manifesto
What is a 29er?
A 29er is a Mountain bike with 700c wheels - or 29 inches - instead of the “normal” 26 inches.
29ers have been gaining popularity (mainly in the USA) the past few years- but is still regarded as a “niche” or “fun bike.” Often as single speed and rigid bikes. (No suspension)
In the beginning of mountain biking, the 26 inch wheel was not picked for a scientific reason, it was the most convenient wheel size available at the time. I believe the 29er is more suited to most mountain bike applications. Why 29er?
Larger contact patch - more cornering, climbing & braking traction. “Floats” on sand and loose terrain.
Lower tire pressure due to bigger tire volume.
Smaller approach angle - rides smoother with less resistance over obstacles.
Large wheels maintain momentum better - the higher the speed, the easier it becomes to maintain momentum.
Less rolling resistance.
Inspires confidence over technical terrain.
More comfortable ride - less rider fatigue. 29er Drawbacks
Larger wheels will always be heavier.
Large wheels accelerate slower.
Wheelbase may be longer and bike may handle slower in extremely tight situations.
Its hard to build a dual suspension 29er with good geometry.
Not many fork/tire/frame choices yet. Why the 29er revolution?
I believe the 29er holds a very valid place in MTB riding and racing scene. As a world class racer, I believe a well built 29er will perform as well, and in most cases better than a 26 inch bike.
I would like to revolutionize the way the mountain biking industry looks at 29er bikes. Who am I?
Conrad Stoltz - 3 x XTERRA World Champion, 2 x Olympian.
“Biking machine…” - the rougher the course the better.ConradStoltz.com