so who's bought a new 26'er in the last month and proud of it :) ?
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!
By people selling 29r’s?
26 works, it works well. It have frames that have evolved over years and have been refined. The art of making a 26″ bike is understood and very well explored. Take some test rides. If you avoid the Specialized and Giant shops there will be more 26 bikes out there.Posted 4 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
Not in the past month, but past 6 months yes.
Not really bothered by the whole wheel size debate, other than finding all the mag articles on them boring. Surely it should just be about choice, like bar width, tyre choice, etc! 😉
I went for a 120mm fs with 26″ wheels as it suited what I was looking for in terms of the way it rode for the riding I do.
A small bonus is being on the same wheel size across the family. Not long ago my daughter was still using 24″ wheels and now she moved to 26 I’m not having to remember ‘other’ size tubes in the pack. 🙂Posted 4 years agowhitegoodmanMember
Another Carbon Frame 26 Transition Covert possibility here, at the moment undecided as to wether to buy a new complete kit or swap my current stuff over and sell the ally frame, so the wheels would stay the same 26″, I see no reason to change to bigger wheels, they look silly and must be more likely to buckle riding on rough terrain and anyway there is no Carbon version in that wheel size even if I’d wanted to. I think the whole thing is contrived marketing for no real sound reason.Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
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
You’ll probably be happier on a 29.
They roll, but everything‘s probably a bit of an exaggeration.Posted 4 years agoseftonSubscriber
I did the Enduro6 last week, a club member rode on what looked like a 15yr old ali mtb with V brakes and a clunky old fork. 5th fastest lap of the day! I saw some very exotic bikes in the field too.
wheel size is not that high up on my list of priorities.
frame that fits
reliable drive train
however if I was buying a race bike new and didnt have other 26″ wheels etc. I’d go 29″Posted 4 years agoDufferMember
I quite often ride Sherwood Pines quite often at the minute. When the weather is nice, i’d say 1/3 of the bikes on the trails will be 29ers (another third will be Orange Fives!). When the weather is bad though, it’s a different story!
Either way, i love chasing them down on my 26″ Gaspipe Special Singlespeed!Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
deejayen:[/u] 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!
I’d be cautious of taking advice from anybody who is trying to sell you something (including me :-)). I’ve just got back from a skills course at Glenmore Lodge (report to follow). I was on my 26″ Trance. The other student was on an older 26″ hardtail. The instructor had just bought a new carbon Specialized 29er of some sort, but chose to use a Zesty 26″ bike for the course. Partly to save wear and tear on his own bike of course but he also made the point that it was easier to get the front wheel up on the 26″ bike.
Now you may think that you have no interest in lifting wheels at all, but as soon as you take to anything more lumpy than a tow path or forest track you’ll find that you need to lift that wheel up in order to get up or down stuff and once you’ve been shown how to come off a small drop off and land smoothly with both wheels together (rather than hitting the ground like a sack of spuds as I was doing) it soon becomes very addictive. Obviously a 29er doesn’t stop you doing that, but it does seem to be a bit easier to learn with a 26″ bike.Posted 4 years ago
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