...as the forum is having such a tranquil time exploring the joys of the different wheel sizes...
So I bought me-self a winter hack, a 29er as in my limited experience of them, they roll/cope better in the mud & considering the state of the trails this last year, it may become my main bike....
..929 with adjustable rear chainstay length.
Still early days of ownership, and I've still a lot to learn about the bike (only had it 9 days) but so far I am thoroughly pleased & happy with my 29er. It's been ridden in the slop/grinding paste of the local area, then frozen rough/lumpy track last tuesday & wednesday and snow yesterday. I did a lot of soul searching, irrational & rational decision making to decide on this, yes others where cheaper, more hardcore, more expensive & generally unavailable but this was the one I wanted.
Big thanks must go to Mboy whose enthusiasm towards all bikes is inexhaustible & has seemingly gone up a level since starting working part time at the The Green Bike Company in Worcester. He got a demo sorted on the closest available model, a Whyte 729 (a superb bike) but I took my wallet in my hands and asked for a bike I'd never ridden, in a format I was unfamiliar with, in a size smaller than I would normally buy & it may have just paid off. The owner of the bike shop was very flexible and understanding, which made the whole experience much smoother and less nervous than it could well have been, many thanks!
A small shout of thanks, must go to Adam @ Noah's arc, who pulled out all the stops to help some-one on the phone (after trying 6 previous shops with the same question), unfortunately for Adam, Mark came back into work the next day and did exactly the same thing... and he's local to me.
PS: This will not be replacing my 26er full suss's but will/has replaced my 26er HT.