- 29ers. Are they faster?
I went for a ride around a local field this morning. 6 miles, mostly flat.
My time on my 29er Singular Swift (just under 27 minutes) was within 15 seconds of my time about a month ago on my 26er Inbred.
The grass was shorter back then, and I was younger.
So, do 29ers go faster or not? Or is more data needed? Or gears? It certainly *feels* faster.Posted 7 years ago
A very experienced (road & mtb) 29er cynic friend of mine took a demo Giant 29er out for a couple of rides. He was V impressed and believes that, over the duration of a mixed ride, it is quicker. If he raced XC he'd have one without hesitation. He is waiting for a certain Giant FS 29er later in the year.Posted 7 years agomboySubscriber
Don't forget just how important tyres are in the equation here. My 29er with kenda nevegals on is like a tractor, those tyres are sloooooooow on anything hard and smooth. As a result it's not quick on hardpack or Tarmac, but over roots and rocks it copes better than my 26" wheeled hardtail does for sure.
29ers definitely maintain any momentum more easily though, that much is clearly obvious when you've ridden one for any period of time.Posted 7 years agoGEDAMember
I would say they have better traction. I have a really old granddad 29er bike here in Sweden for going around town and when there was loads of snow I was amazed at what I could ride up. There was a video on U tube of someone riding a huge wheeled bike up steps that was pretty cool. They do seem to lack a bit of acceleration though.Posted 7 years ago
Many semi-professionals are using 29ers, to great effect. Just look at the professional mtn biking scene in the UK – it's almost zilch, even Matt Page has a day job.
The road riding example above: extrapolate that and you have some more information so don't be so blinkered, it's 2010 and 29ers are winning all over the country in all manner of races from my local High Wycombe race meet to the Kielder 100. If you race or compete in events, be it Mayhem or your local club events, you’ll see, year on year, more riders commuting across to 29ers, and that’s simple fact.
Out and out speed is really only a small part of the bike riding experience and equation, but since the OP asked specifically about the speed of 29ers, I've confined my comments to just that. Unless you suck-and-see for yourself, you’ll forever be relying upon 2nd hand snippets of information and anecdotes, not the most informed way forward.
Last w/end was the UK solo 24hr mtn bike championships. My two fastest laps were on my 29er. I then had a rear wheel bearing issue so rode the Turner Flux for the remained of the 24hrs. This took in the Red & Blue routes at Newcastleton, so my personal advice would be to ignore the uninformed riders who pedal the line that 29ers are slow in the single track as they're talking from little or no personal experience; take your lead from those who have made the leap and actually own both 29 & 26ers.Posted 7 years ago
Again, you're failing to answer the question: are 29ers quicker?
Yes, on the road I can tell you they are and then exprapolate this off road, it's not rocket science!
As for if this matters? Strewth, I'm answering the question, not debating if you wish to be slow off road if you don't race Dave2. And here we go again with that ignorant line about height…. Just answer the question, if you have any information worth adding! 💡
(leaves to go for a ride)Posted 7 years ago
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