29er riders, would you go back to 26" or 650 wheels?
I’ve recently been given a specialized enduro 29er to ride and I can honestly say in disbelief how it has changed my riding for the better, yes I know this is very old news now but I have just discovered how something as simple as bigger wheels has made my strava times even faster that it really does feel like I’m cheating! Even the most technical descents feel a breeze just rolling over and flattening everything in its path!Posted 4 years ago
It really does feel so much easier on the technical downs that even a full on downhill bike with the extra long travel just doesn’t float over everything like the 29er. I’m wondering when we will start seeing more downhillers use these bikes as their chosen weapon, as its pretty obvious how much faster they are once you try one, is it just down to the fact that the downhill industry has put too much money into the 26″ downhill bike that they will lose out if they start using a 29er as their downhill bikes? I’d like to hear from those of you who ride 29ers and what you now think, would you go back to smaller wheels now you know how easy it is riding bigger? And why would people now buy the 650b when it’s clear the 29er rides better?
I myself am now completely turned and could never go back to something that is obviously more of a struggle riding.flangeSubscriber
I’ll be going back to 26 or possibly 29er for trail riding. There’s no question that 29ers are quicker for xc for me, but for trail riding I just don’t enjoy riding them as much as smaller wheels.
For reference I’ve had a camber 29er, a kona hard tail, a kenisis ff29er and not got on with any of themPosted 4 years agoakasteveMember
i went from a Bluepig 26er to a Inbred29er that i loved except for the mud clearance, now i have Krampus which is ‘kin awesome. However i have learned with these bikes that wheel size has no bearing on the amount of fun you can have on a bike. if i was competing then i’d have no choice but to go for the bike/ wheel size that gave me the edge on a competitor but i’m not an athlete so it doesn’t matter.Posted 4 years ago
if i go full Susser i’d have no problem going 26er and in the future i will still use my Bluepig.
Wheel size is honestly immaterial, performance wise for 95% of the people on this forum, its down to personal preference or justifying N+1.PeterPoddyMember
I reckon if you have a 29er going back to 26 would be stupid – just try looking for tyres or forks in 26″ size…
Not an issue. I’m still riding a 20 year old Explosif, and I can get parts for that very easily.Posted 4 years ago
Trek, for instance, are still listing more 26in tyres than 650brOcKeTdOgSubscriber
When the DH world championship is won on a 29er, then i think we can say they are “faster” than 26ers DH. Until then, i think not.
because WC DH is all anyone rides in this country of course
5 years on various 29ers here, i’d not go back to 26″ but i’m definately 27.5 curiousPosted 4 years ago
Mogrim, Rebas on Merlin?
Thanks for that – I hadn’t got round to checking Merlin, they have some pretty good prices – the full RRP is much more than I wanted to spend, but with a decent reduction it’s an option.
(Doesn’t completely invalidate my argument, though – a couple of years ago there were loads of 26″ forks available, these days the number is dropping fast…)Posted 4 years ago
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