29'ers – best thing since sliced bread or the emperor's new clothes?

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  • 29'ers – best thing since sliced bread or the emperor's new clothes?
  • ssnowman
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    Not trolling with this, I’m genuinely curious.

    I’ve never even sat on a 29’er never mind ridden one, but I just don’t see how they can as good as they are often made out to be.

    Surely they are hard work uphill with the additional weight & difficult on twisty singletrack with the extra length.

    yossarian
    Member

    They are shit and the wheels explode. Trust me, I’m an expert.

    Premier Icon JohnClimber
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    I’ve got rid of a but one 26ers (just the shop and dog running local bike left)

    5 x 29ers that a get used regularly for different riding and I love them all

    I think this picture sums up how helpful they are over the rough stuff as well

    And I’ve never had a wheel expolde 😉

    aP
    Member

    They’re hardly new seeing as the first ones came out in the 90s.

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    emporer`s new sliced bread 😉

    tang
    Member

    They are the best thing since the emperors new clothes.

    IvanDobski
    Member

    Imagine it the other way round…

    “I’ve never ridden a 26er but I don’t see how they can be as good with the little wheels bouncing around all over the place and getting caught up really easily…”

    Bollocks int in, so try one and see for yourself.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    I love the way people still talk about “29ers” like they’re all the same.

    You may as well ask if red bikes are faster. 😆

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Only losers ride 29ers

    Premier Icon Clink
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    I love the way people still talk about “29ers” like they’re all the same.

    You may as well ask if red bikes are faster.

    But everyone knows red bikes are faster!

    Red 29ers – now that’s a whole different story! 😆

    stevemtb
    Member

    Surely they are hard work uphill with the additional weight

    Come on, you can’t be serious with this one????

    My Niner is considerably lighter than any of the 26ers in my fleet. Sure, once you get to best of the best with the lightest components a 26er will be lighter but that’s a serious amount of cash to get there!

    I like mine for XC events or fast run outs but right enough don’t find it quite as enjoyable on tight, twisty singletrack.

    cheers_drive
    Member

    I have a singlespeed rigid 29er and a 140mm fs 26er.
    The wheel size is not the biggest difference between the bikes.

    singlecrack
    Member

    They’re shit I wouldn’t bother if I were you…. 😉

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    The wheel size is not the biggest difference between the bikes.

    Does one have presta valves and the other schraders? 🙂

    partyboy
    Member

    I’ve never even sat on a 29’er never mind ridden one, but I just don’t see how they can as good as they are often made out to be.

    Go on form an opinion on something you have never tried…..STW at its best 🙄

    tazzymtb
    Member

    well I’ve had a go on a few 29ers of different styles and have come to the conclusion that they’re just bikes…..but slower, more crap in the tight stuff, weigh a ton and they are owned by dobbers. oh yeh and the zealots will bang on about ’em like bloomin telly evangelical nut jobs.

    personally I’m going back to a nice light short travel xc full suss 26″

    ade ward
    Member

    Yawn z z z z z

    ask1974
    Member

    Rode a Specialized Epic 29 as part of my search for a new bike, I knew it was not what I was after, it was kind of a gap filler whilst I waited for another bike to be available to test. Loved it! Unbelievable mile eating climbing machine. Very comfortable and I made it to the top of steep climbs I’ve never beaten before. Not bad descending but nothing like what I was after, I knew this would be the case.

    If I was looking for an XC bike then (on the basis of this ride) a 29″ has to be considered; and I’d be surprised if it didn’t win!

    Ramsey Neil
    Member

    26″ wheels are definitely best
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    Halogen lights with lead acid batteries are best
    Inner tubes are best
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    Rod brakes are best
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