Is a 100mm 29er enough travel??
I’d say that the trails you’ve mentioned are XC trails… YMMV of course.
I’d say that if you’re happy with your 120mm 26″ hardtail then a 100mm 29er FS is going to feel very plush in comparison. That said, there are some good 120mm+ 29ers out there now – it’s all a compromise as ever – the more travel, the heavier and typically less efficient climbers they’ll be.Posted 4 years agojimwMember
I have a 110 mm travel Canyon AL29, it feels very similar to the 2009 130 mm trek ex9 in terms of suspension travel and agility in my local riding- Malverns mostly, but I am not an aggressive rider with very average skills. It does roll better though.
Interestingly (well it interests me), the Trek, bought in 2009 and the Canyon, bought in March 2013, weigh very similar amounts, the Trek is perhaps 3/4 lb lighter, and cost almost exactly the same. Taking inflation into account, the Canyon is effectively quite a lot cheaper with better quality wheelsPosted 4 years ago
ahwiles – Member
yes, it’s plenty.
pro-Dh’ers need/use 200mm-ish.
mere mortals will be riding stuff that’s half as gnarly, half as fast.
that’ll be 100mm being plenty for us then.
I like that. I think it’s flawed though.
I’m about 1/2 to 1/4 as good as pro DHers so I need 200-400mm travel 🙂Posted 4 years agoMarmosetMember
Yes, IMHO, I tested a Niner Jet 9 with 80mm on the rear and 100mm up front when looking to buy a 29er and came to the same conclusion that Clubber mentions, it does feel like more travelthanit is with bigger wheels. I ended up with an Rocky Mountain Element 970 with 95/100mm and it glides over stuff in a manner not unlike my previous cannondale Jekyll, which had 135/130mmPosted 4 years agoDeveron53Member
I have a29er with 120mm rear/140mm front and it rides as well as my old Nukeproof Mega with 140mm rear/160mm front.Posted 4 years ago
It all depends on what feels right. But ideally you need to ride a bike a good 2 weeks before you can tell if the bike’s right for you or not.
I say MORE TRAVEL as long as the bike is designed to ride ok that way.
Im in the market for a new FS bike (after frame cracked) and was looking at 29ers. I have noticed that 100mm seems to be the standard travel for these bikes.
Is 120mm enough? I do must of my riding in the surrey hills and swinley but do some trips to the trains in Wales as well ocasionally (Afan etc).
Will a 100mm 29er be enough or should I go for a 120mm 26er??Posted 4 years agobMember
Looking at a similar dilemma at the moment…but I tend to prefer something a little more ‘exclusive’ than the mainstream brands! Had been looking at these with interest;Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
For what you describe as your ‘normal’ riding I’d say so.
I live in Cheshire and ride around there a lot, also the Peaks and Wales, both natural and manmade in the case of the latter and my Anthem X1 is mroe than enough for the way I ride and what I ride.
I’ve ridden the Surry hills when I used to live down there and to be honest they’re a lot like Cheshire, but with more elevation so I reckon you’d be fine.
There are of course racier 100mm 29’ers and not so racy 100mm 29’ersPosted 4 years ago
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