New Guy! Looking at 29er? Or Possibly a 27.5 (650) Undecided Dilemma. Help!
Discussions about which wheel size is here to stay are pure speculation at the moment. Anybody who tells you that they know which will win out in the long run is either deluding themselves or has their own agenda. On the plus side, that means that you can just pick whichever one you like and you’ll have just as much chance of being right as anybody else.
I think we can say that spares for all three sizes will be available for the next 5 years or so. Even if manufacturers keep up the 650b push for a few years (which is an assumption) it will take that long to make a dent in the installed base. Not everybody changes bikes every year or two.
I’ve been riding a 26″ bike and a 29er for the past six months and I honestly couldn’t tell you that one was better than the other. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. I do know that I don’t feel any need to a add a third wheel size to the mix. But I also know that if one of my existing two sizes disappears from the market in 5-10 years I wont be all that bothered. I’ll still be able to buy a bike that rides the way I want it to and by then all my 26″ and 29er parts will be worn out anyway.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
If pushed I’d suggest a 29er would seemingly be the obvious answer for you and going by the scant info in your post (rigid mtb, trail choice & roadie).
As per Roverpig, none of the wheel size’s are about to disappear, even 26er will be around for year and years to come, even if 650 does become predominant.
A classic XC 29er of some sort.. lots of 2013 bike bargains are going to start coming through soon as they gear up to the 2014 ranges. Set your budget and start looking…Posted 4 years ago
Hi All,Posted 4 years ago
I’m new to the Singletrack Forum. I’m a road bike enthusiast; but also ride the trails and a bit of cross country on my old rigid MTB’s. I’ve recently been looking at the 29ers (Trek Cobia or similar) also looking at the new-ish 27.5 (650) (Giant Talon 650) I realise there’s been much debate about these bikes! But which one is here to stay?? I think the 650, could be just a flash in the pan?? I know the 29ers have become extremely popular with XC cyclists. What are your thoughts on these bikes? Oh; and any recommendations with a link to a bargain, would be appreciated. Thanks…no_eyed_deerMember
TBH being new to MTB – I’d go for a hardtail. They are way better value than FS and hardtail gives you all the true skillz, init… 😉
Personally, if I were in the market for a 29er hardtail, I’d go for one of These
..but then, as has been said – there will be lots of bargains around on other (more mainstream) 2013 bikes to follow.Posted 4 years ago
Roverpig, & Z1ppy,
Your inputs are very much appreciated. I have a yearning for the 29er hardtail. I’ve been looking at this >:
Anyone have any thoughts about the Trek Cobia or suggest other 29ers ??Posted 4 years agorobbiehMember
hey Moss, your older than me!!! Not something I usually find on this forum. I’ m 63 next week and FWIW I ride a 29er HT and just recently finished building a 26 er for my own comparison. I would base you choice on the sort of tracks/trails you ride. I’ve found I prefer the 29 for open flowing trails and the 26 for twisty stuff which we have locally , it’s a lot of stop start in and out of tight squeezes between trees with hardly any time on the road getting there . Even though the 2 frames have the same geometry, ( both On-One, Scandal 29 And Whippet) for some reason they are quite different feeling to me. The 29 is much more comfortable on my old joints too, and much quicker on trail centres I’ve been to. Hope you find something to suit your riding.
rob.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re not too lanky then this is a bargain
Or just go crazy and get this on Buy Now Pay Later (12 months)Posted 4 years ago
I’d also recommend a 29er HT.
In true STW tradition I’d like to suggest what I ride 😉 although it’s over budget.
I’ve got a Carve Expert but the cheapest Carve I’ve seen is this (same frame)
Sorry, it was the best price I could find.
I’d really suggest getting a test ride on the ones that appeal but, again, I’d say 29er ht would suit your criteria.Posted 4 years ago
Like the Specialized Carve! Or Trek X-Caliber 8, (the 2013 model) not the new 2014 model. But I’m thinking that the Trek Cobia would suit me fine? Not really keen on the Scadal 29er. Cannondale would worry me about broken frames (they’ve had quite a few lately) they’re getting a bad reputation. Still a wee bit undecided on what to get. But your help is truely appreciatedPosted 4 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
I’ve limited experience with 29ers tbh (but love my Carve as stated above) but from what I’ve heard / read often the issue with the cheaper models is the wheel weight. I can’t say this is true or false but it makes sense.
Anyway, just something to consider as a future upgrade or if you see fit, spend a little more now.
As you like the Carve I did spot it fractionally cheaper although not with a company I’ve used:
Also Certini Cycles are very good with Spesh and on price but they haven’t got the sales prices up on the site for the Carve yet so might be worth giving them a ring. I’ve bought loads from them and they are excellent:Posted 4 years ago
A few of the Genesis Mantle 20 models are available
Or why not save yourself a packet and join the resistance! 26ers will never die!Posted 4 years ago
With you Richie, I’m more or less drawn to the 29er. I like the Trek Cobia or X-caliber the specc on the Cobia is the same as the Carve; but a lot less money From £850 to £680 in some of the sales. I’m in no real-hurry to buy; as still in the research mode. Advise always appreciated.Posted 4 years ago
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