Ridden my PYGA OneTen 29er 450kms since building it up early July. Malverns/FoD/Yat are my local rides so steep, lots of singletrack, few rocky bits, some scary stuff in the Yat etc. Also did the classic Talgarth black mountain route and a fair chunk of the quantocks last weekend. Most of which I've ridden before on various other bikes, the last three being my Solaris, Cotic Rocket and old Orange ST4.
There's no science in it and the bike is NEVER the high water mark of my riding, but the PYGA feels really fast uphill, lively in singletrack, great on the steeps and more than adequate over the drops and jumps I do. It feels a bit big and ungainly when it's super tight but otherwise I forget it's a 29er.
It's only '110mm' of travel at the back and meant to be 120 at the front although I'm running about 135ish. Never got round to shortening the Rev and now don't think I will. Strava tells me I'm as fast DH as on my Rocket and way faster up. This is no reflection on the Rocket, it's just shows that the 29er isn't limiting my,er, limited ability and bravery.
I had planned to keep the rocket for big rocky weekends and going back to the alps (where it was brilliant but made me realise I wasn;t going to get the best out of it around here). Now I'm thinking about a set of Pikes or X-Fusion Traces and taking the PYGA to the alps.
So all this waffle means really is bikes are fab. I really like the 29er HT and FS because they suit my riding. Not perfect but the best compromise I've come up with so far. The best thing about the two I ride is the wheel size is pretty irrelevant. They are just brilliant bikes I love riding. So I reckon the OP should worry not about his extra three inches(!) and just go and have a good time. The differentiation between wheel sizes feels nowhere near as big as the marketing guys tell us.
And obviously, a pic
Pyga OneTen 29 by Alex Leigh, on Flickr