- Not the same old 29'er debate…
Are a lot of the debates on various wheel diameters really about the size of the wheel? I’m not so sure…
Among a few bikes, I own a rigid 29’er and like it and also own a full-suspension 26’er and love that too. I sit both sides of the fence but I still have a wheel size problem! My problem is that a newer standard now being pushed very hard by many manufacturers may make a couple of my well loved and high-performing bikes obsolete. They perform as well as ever – yet I can see a time when high-quality components are no longer available to suit.
This makes me resent somewhat the huge marketing push behind 29’ers – especially outside of their original cross-country/trail application.
What do you think/how do you feel?
JPosted 5 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Sorry what has become “Obsolete”?
I’m pretty sure all of the 26″ wheeled bikes in my Garage still work and I can get tyres and rims for them, Obsolete would suggest they were in some way superseded overnight.
Still lets not allow minor facts to prevent us from waving our arms and shouting “Conspiracy!” because someone put slightly bigger wheels on a few bikes, and MBUK told you it was the inevitable way of the future.
One of the main gripes in all the other 26″ Vs 29″ threads seems to be panicked cobblers spouted about 26″ wheels suddenly becoming an unsupported standard, So yes this is the same tired old bollocks as all the other threads…Posted 5 years ago
One of the main gripes in all the other 26″ Vs 29″ threads seems to be panicked cobblers spouted about 26″ wheels suddenly becoming an unsupported standard, So yes this is the same tired old bollocks as all the other threads…
I have read most and they seem to spend a huge amount of time arguing which is best… You might be right though!
I too don’t think they are or should be obsolete – quite the opposite in fact…Posted 5 years agomduncombeMember
Is this obsolescence fear more about no longer owning the “latest and greatest”? (note the inverted commas as it might not be the greatest depending on how you like to ride)
As far as I can tell my 26er rides and handles just as good as it always has. I can still buy 26″ bikes and components for them and by the time I cant we will all be riding around on hover boards!
26″, 29″, 650b… I can now choose the wheel size that suits my riding best.
Why the fuss with wheel sizes? Did FS make HT obsolete? Of course not.
BTW I just added a 29er to my colelction and am very happy with it.Posted 5 years agondthorntonMember
I reckon there must be an inverse correlation between the length of time spent arguing about something and the size of any actual advantage.
Joplin seatposts Vs Reverbs – pretty short lived I would imagine.
I feel the need to trawl through previous threads now……Posted 5 years ago
I sincerely hope 26’ers stay. I don’t like the idea of only having low-end components as replacements. I tend to keep my bikes for a long-time and keeping them as high-performance bikes really matters to me. I don’t want to run out of a choice of great forks, tyres and wheels…Posted 5 years ago
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