29 incher - all hype?

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Re: 29 incher - all hype?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 3 May 2017, 9:42am

flash wrote:I've been riding a 29+ since I bought it a month or so ago. Yea God's it's impessive.......

That's funny I have not been passed by any but have overtaken many 700c :lol:
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Re: 29 incher - all hype?

Postby Si » 3 May 2017, 10:03am

Not MTBs as such but I think that it bears comparison....the work/touring/club run bike that I used up to a couple of years ago has 26" wheels, it's now been largely superseded by a 700c bike which is fairly similar apart from wheel size. I take in lots of crappy, poor surfaced cycle paths and tracks, plus plenty of wiggly bits around barriers etc...so similar to MTB-lite, but made a little more interesting by the use of slick tyres.

My overall impression of the change is that the 700c rolls a lot better over the minor bumps and lumps, making it a tad faster and more comfortable. But it's much more effort to get it around the wiggly bits, I assume because of the extra length.

Thus I would say that it's a case of deciding which area your riding needs most help in. In my case, when I MTB, I don't have too much difficulty powering along on lumpy tracks, however I do find that the wiggly technical bits are more challenging, thus I would think that 26" suits me better. I've some friends who are technically very good but just not that fit - they seem to like 29ers.

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Re: 29 incher - all hype?

Postby RickH » 3 May 2017, 11:14am

Lance Dopestrong wrote:The Worlds biggest bicycle manufacturer agree with me as they dropped 29ers from their range some years ago.

Which is that? I thought it was Giant & they still do 29ers (example). Many have dropped 26" but I've not aware of any that have dropped 29".

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Re: 29 incher - all hype?

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 3 May 2017, 1:03pm

I was indeed thinking of Giant. Got the paper brochure here and not a single 29er in it, so I don't know what's going on there.
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