Are 29er's dead ?
Mine lives in the Lake District – although is in hibernation until life sorts itself out a bit more again and/or the days get a little longer.
Just thinking of finding a second one to join it… torn between a Unit, High Latitude or possibly a Honzo at the moment.Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
Will there be an obsolete pile of 29″ wheels/forks/frames in the not too distant future ????
My main bike is a FS 29er and is great. I’m also going to rebuild a 26″ HT I’ve got this year. Might try a 650b FS at some point in the next year or two but if I do I’d buy a 29er HT frame and move the parts across.Posted 4 years agohydrophilMember
I dont think one manufacturer changing its tune can be an indicator of the whole market. I think there will always be a market for 29ers now. I love mine and having had lots of 26″ bikes over the years, none felt quite right due to my height. As soon as I rode a 29er I knew it was the bike for me; I wouldnt buy another type of MTB again 🙂Posted 4 years agocovbuggyMember
I have a SS and HT 29ers and 26er FS AM bikes – love them all and and are perfect for the kind of riding I do. I think there is a place for all wheel sizes all suit all sorts of riders and terrain, so all to their own, rather than let manufactures telling us what they think we should be riding….Posted 4 years agovariflexSubscriber
I’m lucky, as I have a 26 HT, 26 FS and a 29 HT and all are very good in their different ways. However, if I was only able to have just one MTB it would be a 120-130mm full sus 29er without a doubt. Spec Camber is a VERY good allrounder, and I dont normally like Spec, but I now have 3 friends with various versions of the camber and they just suck up the XC miles, go down as well as they do up….almost a no brainer.
Unless you do a lot of technical down hill, then for the UK I think a 29er is perfect…but I do fancy a go on a 650b HT…hmmm.Posted 4 years agogetonyourbikeMember
Unless you do a lot of technical down hill, then for the UK I think a 29er is perfect…but I do fancy a go on a 650b HT…hmmm.
Do it. My 27.5 Whyte 909 is ridiculously fun and faster than my old 26″ Cotic BFe to boot. I wouldn’t go back to 26″ wheels, except for a jump bike.Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
A big manufacturers choice of offerings is based on what will make them the most money, not what’s the best tool for the job…surely. 😕
We should all be greatful that there is so much choice available these days. There are some truly great bikes available these days, in every wheel size. If it means everyone gets a bike that closer fits their style, without compromise, then that’s acePosted 4 years agogetonyourbikeMember
takisawa2 – Member
We should all be greatful that there is so much choice available these days. There are some truly great bikes available these days, in every wheel size. If it means everyone gets a bike that closer fits their style, without compromise, then that’s ace
Well said.Posted 4 years agoPacemanSubscriber
Short answer…. NO, 29ers are alive and kicking.
The guys buying new bikes in our various local groups all seem to be picking up deals on decent 26ers or getting a 29er as a second bike. Only seen one 650B bought so far and that’s only because she needed a size small which comes in 650B for that particular bike whilst the larger sizes are 29er. Alot of new purchases seem to be 29er hardtails for winter duties, but maybe that’s just down the the weather over the last two months.Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
Nah, there were loads of them on the Dyfi Winter Warmer last weekend, I’d say around 60% were big wheelers compared to last year when it was maybe 20% at most.
When are Giant dropping them, according to their website http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bike-finder/men/offroad/?level=all they still do the Anthem, XTC, Trance & TalonPosted 4 years ago
in 29″ for 2014messiahMember
29ers are not dead, the revolution is just starting to pick up speed. Now geometry and equipment is making them suitable across all types of riding it’s only a matter of time until 26 and 27.5 become for the shorter of stature only… like 20″ and 24″ is for kiddies bikes.
You read it here first… 😉Posted 4 years agopipiomMember
29ers rock for me used to have an Anthem 26″ the. Progressed to Anthem 29 after a trip to Vegas inc MTB Ing in the Redrock mountains….never looked back …. now got Trance 29 and Tallboy both great machines and well sorted for virtually any terrain…. Giant have stated that they are phasing out 29ers otherwise I may have got the 2014 Trance carbon but they’re only putting out a few of the lower models…….all marketing BS in my mind…..2-3 years time they’ll be backPosted 4 years agorickonSubscriber
That 29er carbon above ^^.
Very interesting website, looks like an off the shelf Chinese Carbon frame, circa £200. Shipped to the UK and ‘hand finished’, which looks like they pop some stickers on.
Maybe chase a face, then slap £299 on top.
Hats off to them for starting up a UK company, but you could do it yourself much cheaper. Even get Slik Graphics to knock up some of your own stickers.Posted 4 years agomaicoMember
dantsw13 – Member
Remember the uk is quite a niche market. In the USA 29 is king.
The UK bike market is one of the biggest in the World. Including kiddies bikes 3 million units were sold in 2012. In Europe only the German market is bigger.
Talking of which, the Canyon website gives an idea of what’s going on with medium sized manufacturers. The 26″ hardtail range is deleted. New model ranges of Nerve FS and Spectral are available in both 650b and 29er. Specialist DH bikes are still 26″ for now.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Have you got one ? Are you changing to 27.5 anytime soon ?
Yes, and no. I’d expect 29ers to become a smaller part of the market than they are now in the future as 27.5 is an easier choice for a lot of buyers, but there’s a lot of riders who 29ers work for and I don’t see them giving up 29″ wheels for 27.5s.Posted 4 years ago
The less travel you have and the longer you ride for, the more a big wheel appeals. I can’t think of any area of my riding where I’d want a smaller wheel now, from long or multi-day rides to alps holidays, but I can see 27.5 being a good mid-travel FS option. I’d prob go 29 there just as I’m used to it but tbh I don’t really care as long as the other stuff is sorted.
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