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  • What's your biggest frustration about owning a 29er?
  • ltheisinger
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    Just a bit of quick a poll really – to see what are your biggest frustrations are if you are a 29er owner? i.e. what parts are hard, expensive or difficult to get hold of etc…..

    ton
    Full Member

    they make you want to own another 26r.

    they are not as much fun on really rough terrain.

    and they make you pretend that you have the best bike ever……..when really you have not (it is just that you are loathe to admit it aint so when you spent so much on it). 8)

    daveells
    Free Member

    Which one to ride 😉

    fontmoss
    Free Member

    people asking why you ride a 29er

    futonrivercrossing
    Free Member

    Can’t think of one TBH.

    coastkid
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    agree with fontmoss…
    none at all for me except forks cost about £100 plus more per model available as do tyres at about £5-£10 each,
    and if you swap the build over from a 26″ er then you may find a 22T 32R lowest gear aint quite low enough north of the border…a 34t should be better but the new 36t shimano should be ideal… 😮
    there good for wheelies 😉

    clubber
    Free Member

    Other 29er riders who think they (and you) are somehow special and clever or worse yet trendy and niche because they have a 29er

    RealMan
    Free Member

    Having to tell your parents you’re gay.

    IGMC.

    Clink
    Full Member

    My only gripe is that Merlin don’t do 29er bits!!

    hungrymonkey
    Free Member

    nowt, cos when i ride mine, i know that i’m riding something better than a 26″ wheeled bike

    😈

    hungrymonkey
    Free Member

    they are not as much fun on really rough terrain.

    you ain’t riding it proper…

    gee
    Free Member

    Having to always remember to take spare tyres and tubes with me when I go anywhere for a riding holiday.

    That and all the bollocks that gets pedalled about them in magazines – see MBUK this month for example. A list of pros and cons of 29ers, presumably written by someone who’s not ridden a 29er for more than a couple of rides and who has just rehashed all the classic stereotypes… Grr….

    GB

    TooTall
    Free Member

    they are not as much fun on really rough terrain.

    Wrong bike then.

    Some people seem to think I have to justify it. My only justification is ‘that is a 23″ frame and it is so in proportion, you didn’t even know it was a 29er’. 😮

    singlecrack
    Free Member

    The jealous little digs from 26″ owners 😛

    boxelder
    Full Member

    Decent wheels aren’t available cheaply.
    Ton – you forgot to type I instead of You.

    Ruts are more of a pain, but thankfully I mostly left those in the Peak when we moved north.

    markenduro
    Free Member

    it takes longer to pump the tyres up

    Blacklug
    Free Member

    29ers just seem to be the new singlespeeds for the attention seeking mountain biker. Well, the slower riding attention seeking mountain bikers anyways.

    bassspine
    Free Member

    don’t you have to have a moustache?

    (wierdy beard singlespeed => lipbrow 29er)

    ton
    Full Member

    boxelder………….it should have been we 😉

    gee
    Free Member

    Slower riders? Hahaha. Mine’s never been off the podium! See Steve Webb and several top pros these days for more examples…

    grumm
    Free Member

    Knowing deep down that the only reason you have one is an aching desire to try and prove how different and individual you are – yet realising that ultimately it simply reveals an even more emotionally stilted kind of conformity?

    😉

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    rubber choice is a bit limited for my anorak tyre nerd needs*, but the schwalbe 29er rocket rons and nobby nics for next year will sort me out nicely.

    erm……

    oh yeh and all the try hards vs 29er hater bollox. It’s a bike and riding bikes is fun. If it’s not or you are worrying about what others are doing you need a new past time at least to change your mindset. 🙂

    *anyone want some 29er 2.35 rampages used once. I didn’t like em so they’re up for barter for beer or cake

    gee
    Free Member

    Tazzy – are they still only doing the Rons and Ralphs in a 2.25? When will they do a 2.1!

    coastkid
    Free Member

    very true tazzymtb
    i ride with guys every week who arnt really interested about what size wheels i or they ride…or make of bike for that matter…but we ride bikes as friends and enjoy the trails… 😮

    Rorschach
    Free Member

    people convinced that the defining quality of a bike is determined by wheel diameter.

    rocky-mountain
    Free Member

    Not owning one, if that makes sense

    ltheisinger
    Free Member

    Ok…. So I can see that the ‘frustrations’ are mainly vanity/verbal/image etc. but the reason I ask is that I am able to get my hands on various parts for 29er’s, many of which are not available in the UK – so I am trying to decide which parts to start with, therefore perhaps the question should be – what parts would you want to be able to get hold of easier for your 29er?

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    gee- I read a review of pre production tyres (twentynine inches I think) that says the 2011’s are going to be tubeless ready rather than UST or standard and in new sizes, 2.1 and 2.3 rather than 2.25 and 2.4 so fingers crossed that they’ll actually deliver.

    29er 2.1 rons would be ace (oooooo, 520 grams for the 29er ron , I’m getting all excitable !!)

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    what parts would you want to be able to get hold of easier for your 29er?

    that’s easy

    FORKS- decent 29er forks at a fair price are as rare as rocking horse poo!

    john_l
    Full Member

    Other than a fork, what else would you spec differently that’s difficult to hold of?

    O
    Free Member

    What’s your biggest frustration about owning a 29er?

    Swooning women and 29er-curious blokes pestering you.

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    with advent of bigger travel/all mountain 29er’s coming into the uk probably 36T 29er specific shimano cassettes

    bland
    Free Member

    Without reading the rest of the posts i suspect it would be the P1ss take

    coastkid
    Free Member

    36T shimano cassettes are on ebay (pratical cycles) and i think Mark at the Bikechain has them…or getting them…

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    ltheisinger- looks like there’s not that much that isn’t already available with a wee bit of hunting around really 🙂

    ltheisinger
    Free Member

    tazzymtb – Member

    ltheisinger- looks like there’s not that much that isn’t already available with a wee bit of hunting around really

    but it would be nice to get them at a reasonable price I would assume, because from what I can tell the prices seem inflated?

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    ahhh well if you can bits at a decent price then we’ll all love you 🙂

    ltheisinger
    Free Member

    tazzymtb – Member

    ahhh well if you can bits at a decent price then we’ll all love you

    I’ll do my best! 🙂 hence why I trying to find out what parts you guys would want the most, i.e. just difficult to get hold of or hard to come by at a decent price?

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    actually fork spares, lowers etc with bolt through axles for fox and rockshox so that folks can upgrade existing forks to a bolt through.

    Also opens up the frankenfork buildability nicely 😆

    the lack of decent available 29er forks means that I’m on tazzshox version 3 made with a mix of revelation u-turns, reba 29er bits and I may build a set using pike coil uppers for my twatting about bike

    Rorschach
    Free Member

    All the decent production fs 29ers (anthem,epic,superfly) are about 25% more expensive than an identically specced 26″…gggrrrrrrrr.

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