29ers. Looks like the games up!

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  • Premier Icon binners
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    MBUK are now extolling their virtues. So it iz da kids wot iz ridin’ ’em now, innit? Grandad!

    Time to find another niche?

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Do i have to wear jeans with elasticated ankles now?

    Premier Icon binners
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    Looks that way! Do you own a neon pink Fox t shirt?

    dhmadness
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    Get some panniers on it too.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    binners – Member

    MBUK are now extolling their virtues.

    Dirt, too.

    jimtorch
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    Didn’t the MBUK review comprehensively say that 29’s were faster than any other wheel size? 650B and 26″!

    That’s right, wiped the floor with them on a test track up hill and down dale, absolutely destroyed them.

    “WOW!” i hear you ask, “how much faster were they over the same lap?, an hour? 10 mins, a minute even?” nope, 15 seconds…….

    …..15 seconds….. if i wanted to spend a couple of grand on 15 seconds i’d go and hire Cheryl Cole………twice!

    I think i’ll leave the 29er upgrade to the elite athletes that give two sh!ts about 15 seconds

    And for that reason, i’m out!

    since when has any one, ever, based a properly informed opinion on what MBUK says?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    since when has any one, ever, based a properly informed opinion on what MBUK says?

    I decided not to trust what mbuk says based on what mbuk says.

    Does that count?

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    Do people still buy that mag ??

    crofts2007
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    Is there any value in a 26″ wheeled 27 speed bike anymore?
    Is a 2011 bike now classed as retro? 🙂

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I like Mint Sauce and, tbh, it’s the same reviewers etc as the other Future mags.

    My son likes the free hats too.

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    wwaswas – Member

    I decided not to trust what mbuk says based on what mbuk says.

    I decided not to trust what mbuk says based on what mbuk says.

    Does that count?

    oh yes.

    Premier Icon Holmesey
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    in the States a couple of weeks ago on a magazine cover ’27 and a 1/2-er’, when 29 is too big and 26 too small.
    I was that interested I didn’t even pick it up, thinking it was an April Fool, even though (a) it’s not April and (b) in the US ‘humor’ is controlled by the Government thought police.
    so if there are any ground breaking hipsters out there it could be true and the next big thing, before 33& 1/3ers come out with vinyl wheels

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    27.5 is another name for 650B.

    Premier Icon binners
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    since when has any one, ever, based a properly informed opinion on what MBUK says?

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll be asking for jimtorch’s opinion on stuff instead from now on. Clear, concise, to the point, and with a Cheryl Cole reference. What’s not to like?

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    Holmesey that’s a 650b isn’t it 🙂

    Have MBUK got anything to say on belt drives ?
    Hopefully, I’m safe in my own little niche for a while yet.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    belt drive niche 29er(ish) loveliness;

    Premier Icon swavis
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    Have they done fat bikes yet? 😉

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Beargrease was in either WMB or MBUK this month. One of the two did a fatbike test ages ago and concluded like everyone else does “Makes no sense but still fab”

    sam69
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    WOE how much is that belt drive bike?

    messiah
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    Conspiracy theory… everytime I click on a 29er thread Match.com is showing me blokes. The horror.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Waswaswas that is pant wettingly lovely

    jezandu
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    It was mbuk who used to put the same line of test between hardtails and full sus and there was only a few seconds between them then……and yet people moved from there adequate hardtails to full sus. Why? Probably because their mates got one…..and then their mates got one etc. Can see the same thing happening with 29ers whether I like it or not.

    orangeboy
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    I still use a 26 wheeled 8 speed v brake bike in the summer
    It’s great to blast past people on shiny high end bikes

    A little polite hello on the way by helps no end lol

    orangeboy
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    I should add I do like my new 29 spearfish a lot but its not the be all and end all

    ac282
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    30 seconds per 20 minute lap is > 2.5 minutes over an xc race. Certainly worth having.

    If you’re not racing, why are you interested in a article about how fast different wheels are?

    It was mbuk who used to put the same line of test between hardtails and full sus and there was only a few seconds between them then……and yet people moved from there adequate hardtails to full sus. Why? Probably because their mates got one…..and then their mates got one etc. Can see the same thing happening with 29ers whether I like it or not.

    I dunno, I was the only person in my ridnig group ‘oop-north with a 29er for the last 18 months (apparently a friend of a friend also had one).

    I think one ‘interesting fact’ is that when dirt re-branded itself arround issue 50 they published time’d runs down a test track (1m30s odd). The old (pre SL) 150mm enduro was only a couple of seconds behind the Intense M3, and the Giant Faith (which they hated) was withing a second as well.

    Basicly they proved that a £4k DH bike, a £2k trail bike and a £1500 FR/DH were exactly as fast as each other!

    I do remember the hardtails were significantly slower though (arround 25% slower).

    Now they did something similar recently with 26/29ers, the 29ers were 4-10s faster over about 90 second DH runs when comparing 5″ 26ers Vs 4″ 29ers (and 5″ 29ers Vs 6″ 26ers). Not Scientific, but it does show a fairly wide gulf between the wheelsizes that isn’t seen between the different styles of bike.

    No ones forceing 29ers on anyone, maybe high end 26ers will die out, I don’t know. 26ers havent gotten worse, but the 29er I replaced my 26er with is significantly better in almost every way.

    [edit] the above is bolloks, I miss read the article

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    kona are releasing a 650b explosif next year

    so thats the entire debate decided then!

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    Clear, concise, to the point, and with a Cheryl Cole reference. What’s not to like?

    erm cheryl cole?

    MTBing is soooo dependant on the rider, just ride what you like.

    I still use a 26 wheeled 8 speed v brake bike in the summer
    It’s great to blast past people on shiny high end bikes

    bet you’d blast them so much quicker on that belt drive cross 29er bike 🙂

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    it looks like a mere $2,195 might get you one for yourself if your early.

    that ritte is not on the shortlist for my new commuter bike then 🙁

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    and tinas thats not exactly what the dirt article showed……….

    the 140 29er was 5s faster than the 150 26er

    and the 160 26er was 4s faster than the 120 29er

    Dirt Magazine 26v29 bonus feature

    and tinas thats not exactly what the dirt article showed……….

    I stand corrected, that’ll teach me to skim read.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    and the 160 26er was 4s faster than the 120 29er

    Is that £160?

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Well according to this:

    The 650B Freight Train

    “the industry has made the decision for the consumer”.

    The midsized tire will dominate the market. Twenty-six-inch wheels will be seen only on entry-level bikes and long-travel downhill bikes. Twenty-nine-inch wheels will be reserved for bikes aimed at the cross-country set, with short-travel or hardtail frames.

    MBUK are now extolling their virtues

    how could you tell? Did you copy the text out of it’s unreadable formatting over similarly coloured background, then painstakingly stick each word through google translate and urbandictionary?

    I was too old for MBUK when I was 15, now I’m 40 it gives me a migraine…

    Love Tubs
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    wwaswas,

    That belt drive looks like an ex ‘Third Reich’ mail boy’s ride – go suck a sausage buddy…..pig ugly!

    😛

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