So I'm looking to upgrade my old Haro Mary with a new 29er frame. Currently leaning towards the El Mariachi, Singular Swift, Pipedream Skookum, although I'm keeping an open mind. Just like the Mary, this will basically be my do-it-all bike, eg. Singletrack up the woods and hills, occasional trail centre blasts plus Highland weekends. Basically my do-it-all bike.
So I've noticed that there seems to be a move from the longer 450mm chainstays on the older 29ers towards shorter chainstays (430-440mm). I'm assuming this is to try to make the bikes feel more nimble?
So anybody out there who's gone from a longer chainstay 29er to a shorter one? Wondering what your thoughts are and whether this should influence my buying decision or not. I have to say, no real complaints about the way the Mary rides aside from toe overlap on the front wheel.