so who's bought a new 26'er in the last month and proud of it :) ?
Awaiting my Nicolai Helius AC 26″ to arrive. Didn’t entertain any other size of wheel, can’t be arsed with stupid trends or being force fed pointless change (that may or may not catch on) by the industry just to rob me of my hard earned money.
To date I have seen absolutely no evidence whatsoever that everyone is changing wheel size and the only places that seems to believe it are MTB magazines and internet forums. The reality, in the real world is quite different, meanwhile every single rider I know has a 26″ with absolutely no plans to change.
It’s just like anything in the press, we read it so we believe it despite their being not a shred of evidence in the real world.
If they feel they need very slightly different sized wheels to be decent riders then fine, go for it but do leave the 26″ majority in peace.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Oh yeah, a little over a month but still building a 224 Evo, hopefully have it finished next week and crashed by the weekend 😉
I took a testride on a Five 29er and every single person who saw it said “Oh, a 29er”- even though glentress’s hire fleet is largely 29ers now they’re still an oddity. I just don’t see many on the trails (and when I do, 9/10 of them are owned by Bigdugsbaws!)Posted 4 years agosprockerSubscriber
Got a Whyte t120 in January had a pedal round on the 29er one they do and did not like the feel of it (trail bike of the year no less !!) The ridicule of my mates would have been to much to bear if I had got one anyway. Just planning a 26 hardtail to go with it.Posted 4 years agopypdjlSubscriber
The reality, in the real world is quite different, meanwhile every single rider I know has a 26″ with absolutely no plans to change.
I must inhabit some strange fantasy world then! Getting defensive about your chosen wheel size is all well and good, but you are deluding yourself if you think that no-one is buying 29ers. You wouldn’t see pretty much every manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon if they weren’t selling.Posted 4 years ago
you are deluding yourself if you think that no-one is buying 29ers. You wouldn’t see pretty much every manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon if they weren’t selling.
I do agree that the shops are stuffed full with them, but as someone posted earlier, a lot of first time buyers are the target market and may well not consider wheel sizing when they chose a bike from the selection they seePosted 4 years agoDaRC_LSubscriber
Slingshot frame building it up at the momentPosted 4 years ago
– I know I know it’s a niche design but I’ve wanted one since I first saw the design in ’94 and it now folds… my justification is that it will ‘accidentally’ fold itself into the boot of the car for our 2 weeks summer hols in Brittannyblisterman1962Member
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. Funnily enough; not a single person that I ride with has a mountain bike with wheels larger than 26″
Where do you ride, the 1990’s?
Or alternatively, Swinley – I was there Sunday, and the vast majority of the bikes I saw were 26″ – and there were quite a few high spec new bikes too – not just people on their old bikes, just prior to upgrading to 29″ – just saying….Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
The perception thing is interesting.
The group of us who ride locally are 95% 26ers (I can only think of one 29er that I see regularly on group rides).
Was over at Cannock on Saturday with a group of about 15 of us (all on 26ers). In about 5 hours there I think I only saw 2 or 3 29ers and they were all ‘pure’ XC machines being mashed around by skinny lycra-clad guys.
I have no doubt they are out there somewhere, just not really in the places and groups I ride in.
As a shortarse (5’6″) I’ll be more than happy with 26″ wheels while I can still get them as I’m with Jedi on this – when asked on a skills day about whether he would switch to bigger wheels his reply was to the effect of “no, because mountain bikes have 26″ wheels don’t they?”Posted 4 years agoSannySubscriber
Just accept that you are a midget! You’ve bought a new bike so it’s time to move on! 😀 I’m curious as to why other peoples bike choices are important to validating your own choice though? Pretty much any bike is a good bike in my book although wagon wheels and fatty 26ers definitely tick my boxes these days. Jings, it’s funny how passionate folk get about wheel size – it REALLY doesn’t matter! As long as you are riding, just keep smiling in the knowledge that your bike is clearly better than anyone elses. Ever! 😉
SannyPosted 4 years ago
Just accept that you are a midget! You’ve bought a new bike so it’s time to move on! I’m curious as to why other peoples bike choices are important to validating your own choice though? Pretty much any bike is a good bike in my book although wagon wheels and fatty 26ers definitely tick my boxes these days. Jings, it’s funny how passionate folk get about wheel size – it REALLY doesn’t matter! As long as you are riding, just keep smiling in the knowledge that your bike is clearly better than anyone elses. Ever!
wise words from the man with a 26’er, a 29’er, a fatbike, a Fargo and every other fad going 🙂
…when you getting your recumbent anyway ? 😛
…oh, and are you riding tonight ? Mugdock or Cathkin ?Posted 4 years agoSannySubscriber
A recumbent is probably a step too far…..but never say never! I’ve no plans for a track bike either. Funnily enough though, all my fad bikes get ridden a lot. This week, the Fargo, the 29er and the Fat Bike have been or will get ridden a fair old whack so it’s all good! 😀Posted 4 years agoprezetMember
Yep – Transition Covert. I wouldn’t even consider 29er. Far too many downsides to make it even a consideration.
I’ll ride it for a couple of years until 650b takes hold and refines it’s geometry and frame design and then make the switch (or stick to 26″ if 650b doesn’t take hold).
The Covert and Fox 36’s should even take 650b quite comfortably so may may a ‘half way’ switch next year if the urge takes.Posted 4 years agodeejayenSubscriber
I’m just looking at buying my first mountain bike (I’ve already got 3 recumbents – with weird wheels – and 3 fixies) and been into a handful of shops to see what’s what. I get the impression that 26″ wheels are going the way of vinyl and film! The shops seem to stock a few entry level bikes with 26″ wheels, but the majority of bikes on display are 29ers. No-one has told me of any advantages to the 26″ wheel other than they’re better when landing from a great height (I have no intention of taking off in the first place), but I’m being told that 29ers are faster, have more traction, climb better, and roll over absolutely everything. I’m trying to keep an open mind on the matter, but it’s difficult!Posted 4 years ago
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