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Offline anthonyi

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29er comments
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:29:56 PM »
I'm thinking about buying a 29er, but unfortunately there weren't many vendors at the FTF. I'd like to get some comments on 29ers at Alafia and Boyette. How do they do on our trails? I'd especially like to hear from people that have recently switched from 26ers.
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010, 10:38:19 PM »
I have an Epiphany (26'er) and an Evolve (29'er). I built the Evolve back in July, and have only rode the Epi 1 time since then. Niner's may not be for everyone, but this one suits my riding style and strengths very well.
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 09:19:12 PM »
i enjoy mine at boyette and alafia. this includes riding rigid
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 08:56:20 AM »
I'm another HT and rigid 29er rider.  Enjoy riding them anywhere/everywhere. 

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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 10:52:33 AM »
i switched from 26 to 29er in late August. i've ridden the 26er once since then..... the 29er is equal in performance to me with limited exception. my experience is that at the slower speeds in the tighter rough stuff, the wheels are more unwieldy.... that could have more to do with geometry or my inability to ride techy stuff at a slow crawl more than wheel size - don't know.

what i do know is that for everything else it performs great. not AMAZINGLY better. but great. I haven't suddenly gotten any faster because of the bike and its [magic] wheels.

one thing that feels different is going over small to medium roots and rocks.... the ease of rolling over them is noticable.

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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 11:31:39 AM »
I like it because it allows me to ride a HT without as much of the negative effects of a 26HT. That is the main reason for me. I didnt like the squish of the rear suspension on my 26er. It may have been an inefficient design or whatever. For me big wheels in the tech is a non issue
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 04:06:55 PM »
Rode my FS 29'er at boyette today for the first time. Night and day from my old bike. I am not up on the technical jargon but i can tell you I was up and over roots and such like nothing. I was so much more confident on the big drops on Ridgeline etc. I was able to stay in the saddle and it climbed like a champ. I LOVE my new bike. It's a 2011 Trek Hifi Deluxe.

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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010, 08:05:40 PM »
Thanks everyone for your comments. They are all very interesting. Please keep them coming, and if you hear about any demo-days at Alafia, please email the Swamp / Yahoo group. I'd really like to try a 29er on Rollercoaster before I buy!
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2010, 08:46:21 PM »
why don't you rent a 29er from AJ's?  Then you wont have to wait for a demo day.
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 10:06:19 PM »
I was in A.J.'s yesterday, they have a couple of sweet 29er demo bikes available. A Specialized S-Works Stumpy HT that I drooled on and a Giant Anthem 29er X2 which I also hear good things about ;)

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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2010, 10:57:58 PM »
not 100% sure about this year but last year Specialized was at FSC#8 @ Santos with the Demo Trucks.. BTW, it was a Free Demo.

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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2010, 10:30:23 AM »
not 100% sure about this year but last year Specialized was at FSC#8 @ Santos with the Demo Trucks.. BTW, it was a Free Demo.
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2010, 02:19:42 PM »
why don't you rent a 29er from AJ's?  Then you wont have to wait for a demo day.
If I were to rent, I wouldn't be able to try out numerous bikes to compare side-by-side.
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2010, 02:23:01 PM »
not 100% sure about this year but last year Specialized was at FSC#8 @ Santos with the Demo Trucks.. BTW, it was a Free Demo.
Thanks. I remember them last year. Not sure if I can make it to Santos this year yet. Gonna try though!
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Re: 29er comments
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2010, 02:37:37 PM »
I was in A.J.'s yesterday, they have a couple of sweet 29er demo bikes available. A Specialized S-Works Stumpy HT that I drooled on and a Giant Anthem 29er X2 which I also hear good things about ;)
Cool. The Giant Anthem 29er X2 got good reviews on MTBR.
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