At 5ft 7in I've not fared well on 29ers, but having experimented with a 29in wheel up front on a Pipedream Sirius with Pace 440mm carbon forks I found it kinda worked for me, keeping the quicker acceleration of the 26in rear but getting the benefits of a larger front wheel.
The Sirius has gone but I'm looking to make this a more permanent winter set-up on my Chumba HX1 (couldn't find Singular Hummingbird, made for this purpose, for love nor money and Carvers aren't available in the UK at present). Only other purpose-built alternative seems to be the Trek 96er and that doesn't float my boat.
My idea was that a frame meant for a 130/140mm fork would not have its angles messed up too much with a carbon rigid fork and a 29in wheel. I realise toe clearance will also be an issue, but does anyone have any thoughts? Is this a fundamentally flawed plan or might it just actually work?
Your opinions welcome