Bought a new bike recently? 26 or 29?
Last purchase was 700c… A Carbon Road bike
Yup,got a lovely frame in the last CRC clearout and doing a slow build for the summer (yes,there will be one this year :wink:).
Long term ,I have been wondering about replacing my CX with a 29er, instead of going for another CX frame(with disc mounts).Posted 5 years agoKojaklollipopMember
My latest purchase was a 29er HT – BUT only as a winter hack.
A niggling lower back problem has kept me off a 26in HT for years and I’ve been happy with my FS bikes but getting fed up with all the gloop and mud and constant cleaning/servicing of pivots and shocks so wanted a simple hack bike I could just drag in and out without too much worry, tried a 29er and found it much more tolerable than a 26in HT, so got a 29er and it’s used just to keep up some xc mileage and fitness and nothing too technical … can’t wait til it dries out a bit so I can get back out on my Heckler for some fun …. although, I’d quite like a go on a Superlight 29er!Posted 5 years agoemac65Member
26″ NRS team – I’ve always wanted one.
29er Anthem -Always liked Anthem’s,but have enough 26″ wheeled bikes
Neither replaced anything,I still like my 26″ wheeled bikes just as much & have had a 29″ Inbred for several years now.Can’t see why it has to be one or the other tbh….Posted 5 years agoYetimanMember
My 140mm travel Nicolai Helius AC 29er frame arrived the week before Christmas. I was planning to keep my 160mm travel Helius FR to run along side it, but after 5 rides on the new bike I’ve come to the conclusion that the FR will just gather dust so probably best to sell it.Posted 5 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
So, science* tells us that:
• lots of STW users are still buying 26in bikes
• lots of STW users are still buying 29in bikes
• everything’s going to be fine
29er – 43
26er – 50
700c – 12
650b – 7
24er – 1
20er – 1
* not really science but as close as STW is likely to getPosted 5 years agoPacemanSubscriber
More interesting how few people have bought a 650b or mention that they plan to buy one. Looking at the results and people’s comments it seems the marketplace is settling down nicely with the choice of 26er and 29er depending on rider preference, height, and intended use. There doesn’t seem to be the need for a third wheel size standard, well certainly not in the UK anyway, so I really hope it isn’t forced upon us.Posted 5 years agodruidhMember
b45her – Member
interesting to see that most of the 29ers people are buying are xc, hardtails and rigid bikes whereas the 26ers are more towards the trail/AM side of things.
Exactly as I’d expect. There will always be exceptions but that divide indicates the relative strengths of each for the average rider. As XC, hardtails and rigid bikes overwhelmingly outsell Trail/AM bikes the 29er will only gain ground. Pretty soon the only place you’ll be guaranteed to see a 26er in the UK will be at a trail centre.Posted 5 years agomudmonsterMember
Seems a lot of people are waiting to see if 650b will gain any popularity before buying into it. Doesn’t seem like there is anywhere to buy 650b stuff from at the moment anyway. Why shouldn’t there be a need for another wheel size? Wheels are quite important parts of a bike, so there should be a bit of choice with them.Posted 5 years agoJujuuk68Member
Orange G2 26inch – bought in Dec, to replace stolen and much loved P7 of 10 years vintage.
I’d take the stolen bike back in a heartbeat – but as a short 5’6 guy, a fore/aft penny farthing was never in consideration.
Btw – why don’t we call them all 99’ers, given that a 69 is a large back wheel and a 96 a large front wheel?Posted 5 years ago
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