oh dear, wish i'd stayed off here now haha.
for the record our shop sells 95% 26" wheels, we build lots, i don't really want to have to stock even more spokes and rims but, our customers are changing when they are looking at new bikes, we mainly stock 26" but once they try alternatives they buy up to now 29 as a matter of choice and to just make a point, most are either first timers or the guys who don't read the mags a lot. The regular long termers are different, they are hanging in there, so for me its customer led, they make the choice having ridden both. simple. I'm the same as i said, i didn't buy any 29ers until i'd try one. it matters to me what i sell and i like to give proper advice and comments not dictate what they should have, Choice is good right now, god theres enough of it, travel, type of bike, blimey its a mind field but for me larger wheels are here to stay just because having ridden it i can see no reason what so ever why it shouldn't become to new 26.
Anyway of to bed now, out on the Fatbike in the morning for a quick blast before lunch. happy chatting.