26r V 29r
Lets face it its all about money for most of us , I got new 29r in sept love it truth be told tho if I could I would have lots of bikes . 29r rides better for me which is xc stuff ,red routes but nothing to mental , they certainly ride over obsticals better than my old 26 but saying that it was more than double the costPosted 5 years agomaxtorqueMember
Personally, i’m not convinced there is really a lot in it.
In the early days of 29, the bikes geometery was so hampered by the larger wheels (chain stay length, BB height etc) that a 26 was deffinately better. Then the designers got to grips with modifiying frames and suspension systems to better fit the larger wheels and the 29 now performs very similarly to a 26.
Lets face it, does a couple of inches in wheel dia make that much difference? I don’t think so, certainly no more difference than say a few inches stem length, or a 2″ longer top tube etc.
29 is supposed to “roll over things easier” but i have never actually seen any scientific evidence to support this (like some drag testing over various surfaces vs 26 wheel), i suspect that generally, a 29 has a longer wheel base than a 26 bike, and that is as much difference as the change in wheel diameter etc.
There are a huge number of b*llsh*t and missinformation sources on the net to falsely “sway” people one way or another. For example, i’ve seen one vid that claims 29 climbs better because the bike travels further for one pedal revolution for example? (er, if that’s the case, just change up a gear on your 26…..)
So, in summary, ride some bikes, buy the one you like best !! simples 😉Posted 5 years agomafiafishMember
Whyte’s recent offerings have all had great geo from what I’ve read and will hardly be beaten for value for money by an Orange. I’d go for the whyte. I’ve only ridden my On-One race 29er a few times but it feels much more stable and capable on the downs than its 26″ equivalent. But that might be because I have 20mm forks and stiff wheels.Posted 5 years ago
If you want to go fast 29″
Hardly a crap argument – the fastest mountain bikes on the planet are 26″. That’s a fact. 29ers (other than the Olympics) won nothing of note in 2012. Those are facts. Your argument is little more than anecdotal evidence and your opinion.
You don’t work in a Specialized shop do you?Posted 5 years agoandypaul99Member
The last of my 26ers went up for sale today, im just well and truly converted to the big wheels now. Had a ride yesterday on my 26 epic and couldnt wait to get off. i just prefer the way the 29 rides / steers / climbs. Im not convinced 29ers are that much quicker but im prepared to let that lie for a great ride 8)Posted 5 years ago
bigger wheels require more force to steer / change direction, are heavier, and are slower to accelerate and stop – its just physics
When have you ever had a problem with the steering force/change of direction on a mountain bike? Braking distance is longer on a 26″ of similar travel as grip level is lower. Acceleration is obviously better with the lighter wheel but the momentum and lack of resistance of the larger wheel at least makes up for the difference.
There are other factors that make some 29″ bikes better performing than any similar travel 26″ but you can work that out, it’s just physics 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Wheel strength initially concerned me but I didn’t have any issues with a set of carbon Rovals even though I cased the crap out of them a couple times.
£1000 wheelset seems like an expensive workaround and something I’m hearing more and more. Do you work in a specialized shop?Posted 5 years agobent udderMember
I just built up a 29er – you can get Hope Hoops with Stans Crest rims for under £270 now.
I don’t race much / ever any more, so my main concern is how happy I am riding a particular bike. And I’m very happy riding that 29er – the first one I’ve owned.
I say – give it a try. See if you like it.Posted 5 years ago
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