- 96er or 69er waste of time or sensible?
too inbetween for me. ymmv.Posted 6 years ago
For me it was a cost thing. I wanted a 29er but couldn’t afford one, so I got a new wheel for £30 and tyre for £20 that was the total cost.
Thing it also depends on the bike you have. I was on a fully rigid 26″ SS. I loved it, but the front was always a little harsh.
With the 29″ front you really can feel the difference, both in overall speed, and comfort! So much so i’m thing of running gears on the back, and using it as my main race bike.
For me, the only downside is that fact they look a little, well weird 😆 I’d go for it though!Posted 6 years agoTrimixMember
Why not have both wheels the same size – otherwise its just a compromise in the worst possible way.
The front does what 29’ers do but your back end does what 26’ers do – trouble is they are on the same bike.
To me that does not make sence. On seperate bikes you have grounds for a rational argument.Posted 6 years ago
Von – Giant XTC Composite 2005
Trimix, have you ridden one? I see what you mean, but the big front wheel means you role over items that a 26″ wheel would struggle on. On that back the acceleration is quicker than a 29″ wheel. Having said that, if I could afford a 29″ I’d have one.Posted 6 years ago
I did clubber thansk but there seems so few negatives when you read this……..
Trek 69er (singlespeed), is one of the best HT’s I’ve ever ridden. Better handling than any 29er i’ve ridden. The rollability, grippy cornering of a 29er + the acceleration, tight back end + power transfer of a 26″ HT. Very capable, fast riding bike. But it was designed really well to be what it isPosted 6 years agoavdave2Member
Why not have both wheels the same size
I think the main reason is that this can be done on a frame you already have, you just need forks, a wheel and tyre. I’ve already got suitable rigid forks so I want to give it a go. The bike in question is my winter bike and is rigid anyway so I’m hoping for a bit more comfort. I just need to find a cheap wheel and tyre to try it with. I don’t want to spend much because even if it works out I’ll want a new wheel built on my dynamo hub.
Any recommendations for a cheap wheel?Posted 6 years ago
Why not have both wheels the same size
ask the 1/2 Fat riders, they’ll have a better answer i’m sure, mine is i just like how they ride and the rigid fork is just the job for winter, i don’t think there’s a performance advantage/disadvantage though.i had the parts, a 26″ bike feels weird and the 69er doesn’t.come the spring i’ll be back on a 29gnar againPosted 6 years agoedoverheelsMember
I tried putting a 29 front wheel on my rigid bike for the same reason as will a few years ago. Fitted in the Pace carbon forks fine and did make it a bit smoother. I dropped bars and moved saddle as best I could to keep position and bars low. However I hated it. Made a nimble, fast bike feel slow. So I sold the wheel and went back to where I was.Posted 6 years ago
I am sure big wheels are great but not for me. (I am short however)mick_rSubscriber
If you are fairly short, we have a Carver 96er frame that isn’t currently getting much use. Mrs has a new Hardtail and I’m building her a steel 29er – so need to clear some garage space.
She really liked the 29er front wheel and rode it as her only ss for about 3 years.
It will be going pretty cheap if you want an experiment with a proper frame – the ebb came loose once (slid sideways a bit) so she ground a nice chainring groove in the rh chainstay before realising 🙂Posted 6 years ago69erMember
I’ve tried 29ers, liked the way the front end rolled but didn’t like the back, felt too long and somehow cumbersome.
Tried a Travis Brown 69er (the brown one up there ^^^^^) and loved it. Best of both worlds, so got a geared bike too. They do look a bit odd but the handling, for me, is fantastic.Posted 6 years agoAndy RSubscriber
I’ve got a Singular Hummingbird and a Carver 96er and really enjoy them both. The Hummingbird (as a 69er with the rigid forks)is probably the best handling bike that I’ve ever ridden, which is why I’m on the lookout for another medium frame.Posted 6 years ago
It’s a real gem, in my opinion.fatcatMember
I’ve ridden this bike for over a year now and like it. The front climbs over rocks and things nicely. Only bad thing is that you have to convert to a 29er fork and wheel which cost me about $400 USPosted 6 years ago
I also added a RaceFace 46 tooth front chain ring which is 4 teeth more than the stock one and it really takes off.bent udderMember
I own a Hummingbird, and run it mostly as a 26″ bike with 120mm Maguras on the front. I do use it fairly frequently with a 29″ front wheel and the supplied rigid fork, and it does fly like a fast thing. A couple of things; as above, you may want to get a custom-designed 69er – the Carver, Trek and Singular Hummingbird seem to do this pretty well.
The only downsides I’ve found are that the front wheel rolls far more easily over things than the rear, which can lead to the rear hooking up every now and then. However, it’s a ‘first ten minutes of the first ride’ sort of thing – once you understand it, you can militate against it.
Second thing? I had to try a few 29er tyres before I found one that suited me and the tyre on the back of my bike – a 2.1 Advantage. Bizarrely, it was Kenda Nevagal, which I never got on with as a 26″ tyre. I switch between that and a Racing Ralph. It does *feel* like you get a lot more grip out of a 29″ tyre.
Overall? First time I rode it, I overtook someone on a FS bike down Park Life on Hombury Hill. Rigid, with one gear. 😀
*edit* Oh, and Singular Sam has some large sized Hummingbirds still going, discounted to silly money.Posted 6 years ago
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