…and don't get me started on twenty niners…
If the trail came alive I’d run for my life to escape the earth quake/volcanic erruption/alien worm invasion…
As for 650b, what difference is 1″ going to make (ooo errr missus), it’s purely a way of selling more bikes to people who’d never by a 29er (because they are for old men/’boring’ XC riding) and who’ll become afraid of 26ers because 29ers will make them old hat…
We are all slaves of the marketing men…they’re laughing at us…Posted 4 years ago
Sorry, I’m an Englishman who grew up with Jeeves and Wooster and Not the Nine o’Clock news…what’s with all these abbreviations…
And why ‘trails?’ we have paths in the UK and lanes…
Then again, I don’t suppose many people would be drawn to shred their local ‘path centre’…Posted 4 years ago
Thanks fervourdimage – far be it from me to cast an aspertian on anyone else’s view-point, but I’m pleased you had time to take 4 twenty niners on a three hour plus full on MTB ride at the bike show to get a good feel for them in real world conditions.
Tally-ho!Posted 4 years ago
Well, I guess you’re going to expect this crusty old duffer to start banging on about how 26″ is the only real wheel, or how back in the day we used to ride everything on bone shakers with wheels the size of milk bottle tops;but to be honest having actually ridden a 29er I can safely say that little wheels are for kids bikes.
You wouldn’t ride a BMX in the Tour de France and to be honest, as I’m not likely to be sesioning the slope-style courses of Whistler bike park any time soon, the added fire power of longer treads seems the only way forward if you like riding a bike off tarmac.
One razz around on Giant’s finest demonstrated that this over-grown jey-boy bike was more capable, faster and more fun handling than my 130mm travel 26er full-sus. It rode like a road bike on flat stuff and descended like a motocross bike on the ruff…hmmmnnnn…
Shame I can’t afford one 😉Posted 4 years ago
You’re cracking me up! LOL
Cheers everyone for getting so het-up about a bit of fun in the woods!
MTB is freedom and fun…if you’re sponsored and its a job feel free to let it get you hot under the collar…
Get on any bike and ride it…
Just don’t moan about it…
Chill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I had a 29er. I sold it.
The front wheel kept hitting my toes when off road and I didn’t like the ride of it one bit.
It was great on road and it became a cyclocross bike until I stripped it and sold it on.
My opinion is that 29″ inch wheels are for the road.Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
It was great on road
Road wheel is good on the road shock!
Mind you I turned for my first (and last) xc race last year (not my thing at all but some friends told me I should try it) and went away thinking – god I could almost have ridden that on my road bike, it was so flat and basic. the people blasting past me all the time looked like roadies too.
So its unsurprising I suppose that they want to use the wheels they are used to
🙁Posted 4 years ago
Awesome! Thanks to those of you who get irony and are open minded – shame on you those who are getting het-up about a 200 word sound bite from someone you’ve never met!
As my mechanic friend has just said to me before zipping back along the canal on his 69er, “as long as you can cobble some old rubbish from your shed together and have fun on it, that’s all that matters…”
Enjoy the ride gentleman, whatever you’re on…Posted 4 years agoTreksterSubscriber
swavis – Member
As for 650b, what difference is 1″ going to make , it’s purely a way of selling more bikes to people who’d never by a 29er (because they are for old men/’boring’ XC riding)
I think you might be onto something here though
The average age of the stw massive is? 😉
Away out for a ride on my 700×23…….Posted 4 years ago
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