My bike stolen in haul from LBS – what to get as replacement
Was cycling to work a few weeks back and got knocked off my bike, guy just didn’t see me and said he would pay for the repairs, needed a new front wheel as it was totalled (looked like a banana) and a few other bits and adjustments. Guy was good for his word and paid for the repairs.
HOWEVER gone to collect bike from local bike shop this morning and they have been broken into and mine is part of the haul. Shop owner says he will sort it all (either on his insurance or not). While chatting he suggested a 29er as I am 6ft 4. I Don’t do anything extreme, cross local fields, back roads, some trails in the peak district and trips to Cannock chase both normal tracks and ‘follow the dog’.
What do people think to the 29er idea?
My bike was a Scott XL frame, rockshox forks, XT crankset and XTR cassette,front and rear derailleurs and dual control shifters.
The LBS is a Merida (mainly road bikes I think) and Lapierre dealer and the guy has said the dealer has offered to help him out on stock for customers bikes.
Just wondering what people think, should I go 29er or stick with a 26?Posted 4 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
“Does he have any XL 29ers left he can let you have a go on?”
Sorry i did have a little laugh at that, in the light of what happen last night maybe not 🙂
Anyways also have a look at a Kinesis FF29 your man will have an account with upgrade. very nice alloy hardtail, they are also doing some deals with Xfusion forks.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Bugger the wheel size make sure you get XT cranks and XTR shifters, mechs and cassette etc.
Cos having XTR is waaaaaay more important than buying a bike that fits, suits the riding you will do, and that you enjoy riding! 😕
This forum never ceases to amaze…
FWIW, I’m 5ft10 and love my 29er. But I’ve also ridden some bad ones. At my height 29ers are still very much Marmite bikes, you love them or hate them. At your height, I don’t know anyone that has ridden 29ers and not preferred them to a 26″ wheeled bike.Posted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
What has wheel size got to do with fit? Did I say he should change the type of bike? This forum never ceases to amaze me in how people misconstrue stuff.
My point was he’s spent a small fortune on high quality components and should ensure he doesn’t lose out just because the bike offered will be newer and have larger wheels. FWIW this is likely to be hard to achieve because the ‘value’ of his bike is likely to be low being used and the cost of a replacement to similar spec is likely to 2-4x higher to get a similar spec groupset.Posted 4 years agobellefiedMember
I’m 6’2″ and went from a 26er to a 29er. I loved the 26er and it felt really light and nippy but I always felt like I was sat way on top of it especially when cornering at speed.
My 29er (orange clockwork) feels a hell of a lot better from a size point of view, I feel less like I’ve borrowed my sons bike and more like I’m riding a bike built for me. The cockpit feels more sorted, it does feel more like you are sitting in it rather than on it. Its only a small difference but it just feels right.
I must admit, I think part of it is the geometry of the clockwork, and possibly the longer travel, but its hard to separate the whole feel of the bike into its component parts.
It doesn’t feel as nippy as a 26er and you can feel the additional angular momentum need to start to turn those wheels, but its so much smoother than the 26er and it can climb anything, its not just about having a bigger footprint to get you over roots and loose soil, it just climbs easier and faster, even on a dry flat surface – although as I said, you can feel the additional angular momentum needed to start off, and it may be that that angular momentum makes it want to roll once it starts so also helps with the climbing.
Downhill and on the flat its obviously faster and although I thought I’d miss my 26er for the slower more technical stuff, I don’t.
Don’t ever think I’d go back to a 26er now… even if they were any available 😉
If I was doing jumps / drops / etc then I’d worry about the strength of the larger wheels, but I’m not so I don’t worry, I just ride it.Posted 4 years agothetallpaulSubscriber
Definitely try a few before you commit.
Agree with bellefied above.
I tried a Specialized 29er first and it felt like I was piloting the QE2. Subsequently rode the Orange Clockwork and it felt just right. Not as quick off the line as my previous 26er, but as soon as I’m moving the 29ers advantages show (for me anyway). 26ers just feel way too twitchy now. Admittedly my last bike was a 1999 Trek Y5 set up for xc racing.
I’m 6′ 4″ and ride a large with a long seat post.
[Edit] Just goes to show personal opinion on feel. badllama ^ That’s the Specialized that I tried.Posted 4 years ago
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