29ers. Looks like the games up!
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!Posted 5 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
New niche you say?
Gotta be one of these!
Posted 5 years agoHolmeseySubscriber
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.Posted 5 years ago
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
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?
Posted 5 years ago
more info on the cross bike;Posted 5 years agojezanduMember
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.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
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.
 the above is bolloks, I miss read the articlePosted 5 years agoD0NKSubscriber
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 drivePosted 5 years ago
cross29er bike 🙂roverpigSubscriber
Well according to this:
“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.crashtestmonkeyMember
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…Posted 5 years ago
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