- Who has went 29er for their burly trail bike?
I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has chosen a burlier 29er over a 26er for a heavier duty trail bike? I’m thinking along the lines of a 29er replacement for something like a Pitch kinda bike or maybe an Orange Alpine. I need no convincing about 29ers in general but it seems the 26er in this type of bike still rules the roost as far as selection goes at least. Any opinions from 26er owners appreciated too of course.Posted 5 years ago
26er for the big stuff, 29er for XC
29er for big boys riding big stuff too:
I know it looks like a 26er, but it’s actually an enormous 29er. It’s ace.
It’s replaced an El Guapo, which in turn replaced a socom.
It’s obviously not as good DH as the socom, but you can ride it up hills! And on less full on stuff, it’s remarkable how good it is…Posted 5 years agotonSubscriber
i have owned 2 pretty robust 9ers in the past
one was a chumba hx2, built with 140mm white bros forks, saint gears and brakes. managed some bike lakes stuff on it.
then my ventana el capitan was built up as near as possible like a dh 29er.Posted 5 years ago
both were as capable as a 150mm trail bike is now.
Just ordered a horsethief last night from triton cycles
My first 29r so looking forward to trying it out
Nice, what sort of build are you going for? More XC or more AM like mine?
Seem to be a few on here, most built up more XC-trail, lighter wheels/forks etc.
I can see how it would work as both, but prefer it as an AM bike (IMO) cos it’s long and stable like a DH bike, slack for a 29er with 140s up front.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks everyone, at the moment I have a 26er shortlist of Heckler, El Guapo, Canyon Strive/Nerve+ or 29er Horsethief, El Guapo, Whyte T129. Also some of the Specialized bikes. I’m looking for something for big Scottish hills days out, Fort William/Glencoe,some Enduros and maybe the Megavalanche and Trans Provence.Posted 5 years ago
So out of that lot, i’ve ridden:
26 El guapo (owned one, good bike but too small for me in a large. Makes a better DH-y bike than XC-y bike IMO)
29 Horsethief (for me, better in every way than the EG, though a lot of that is sizing. Bigger bikes are better for DH, including tight and twisty if they fit you better!)
From these two:
” big Scottish hills days out,
Would prefer the HT. Long TT means you can get a good XC riding position yet with short stem etc. for good DH handling.
Assuming you mean the proper DH tracks used in the SDA – the EG would be better for them, purely cos you can get burlier wheels and tyres. Nothing like a proper DH UST high roller for 29er yet. Closed you get is more like a singleply/exo. I’d ride the ‘thief down them though, but you really just want more travel.
some Enduros and maybe the Megavalanche
TBH either would be fine for these. The mega is long enough that it’s swings and roundabouts in terms of what the bike’s good at where. And how well you do is less about your bike, and all about your gridding in the qualifier (you want to be near the front so you can qualify for the main race). So that’s just all about having other race results. If you’re just there to ride rather than race, as it were, then pretty much any bike would be fine, though some sort of full sus preferrable, and tough tyres.
and Trans Provence.
The one i’ve not ridden, but I know folk that have (many times). From what they say, you want something that can climb ok, as it’s a lot of long days on the bike. For me, the HT would suit better. It’s also better at “covering rough ground quickly” and a bit more sure-footed than the EG.Posted 5 years agoYetimanMember
Who has went 29er for their burly trail bike?
Holds up hand “ I have”
Two “burly” 26ers have been replaced by a “burly” 29er. My Nicolai Helius FR and Ragley Blue Pig X made way for a Nicolai Helius AC 29er, which I have to say has been utterly brilliant so far …..I’m certainly not missing either of my previous bikes. I mainly ride the hills around N.E Scotland but the AC will also be used for big days out in the mountains. Based on my experience so far I also think it would be good at gravity based events like the Megavalanche and Trans Provence.
Posted 5 years ago
To get you excited about the ‘thief, check these threads out:Posted 5 years ago
I didnt try the Tallboy LT because it didnt exist at the time. When it did appear I couldn’t see that it would be any better, the LTC would have been lighter than the Tracer but I doubt it would be much different. I’ve never got on with Santa Cruz sizing either.
I run the Tracer with a 1.5 degree angle-set which puts the geometry pretty much where the Spider Comp is. If I had the cash I would seriously consider the Spider Comp – It’s lighter, I dont need all the travel the Tracer has and being an older T29 the Spider Comp has updated linkage and dropoutsPosted 5 years agoeasygirlSubscriber
Triton sold out of horsethief s, even though at 2200 last night they showed as in stock, e mail this morning telling me the bad news
However did order one for same price from Charlie the bike monger, so the build is still onPosted 5 years ago
Good job really I had ordered some forks from crc!
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