MidlandTrailquestsGraham - Member
What's so special about 26" wheels that makes them better than any other size ?
why are they so attached to 26" ?
Choice of components, tyres, ease of finding replacement tubes etc.??
It's what came on people's bikes? The fact that many don't really care and are happy enough on the size of wheels they've got??.......
Perhaps people don't really care either way?!
I don't intend to change my bike(s) for the forseeable future. I have invested quite a lot of money in them and can't justify replacing them just because a bigger wheel might be better. Even if it is better, I still can't really justify it. Much the same way that I couldn't justify getting an XTR rear mech for my Inbred, when an SLX one will do.
An estate car would better suit my needs that a small hatchback, but guess what....?! I haven't rushed out to swap for one of those either. Because I can't really afford/justify it.
When the time comes to change bikes I will probably try all sorts of bikes; wheel size won't really be a deciding factor, it will be the bike as a whole. Might end up with a 26" bike, might end up with a 29" bike, might end up with a 650b bike.
Don't really care, so long as it's the best bike for me, for the sort of riding I do.....
The only people that seem to bleat on about it is,
- people who ride 29" bikes and can't possibly fathom why everyone else hasn't made the swap
- people who can't see what the point is and think that 29" wheels are a marketing fad.
I have to say that I do err slightly on the side of thinking that it's just another thing to try & get people to buy into. Kit is so good now (on the whole) that people are happy with their lot, sales of mountain bikes have been falling and then hey presto - a 'newer, faster, better' is pushed hard to get people to adopt it. But hey, I am very cynical.