I've been a die-hard 29er guy since my 293 Fisher that I bought back in '03. I really hadn't ridden much prior to this and was busy with med school so I didn't really ride the 26" wheels at all. Just here and there on other's bikes when trading during rides. It was evident that my big wheels rolled better and were more stable but I dind't like the sluggishness - but I was willing to pay that price because the 26" bikes felt so twitchy after being used to my big fish.
So, loooooooooooong story short and after many 29er bikes in the interim (Moots, KM, GF hardtails, another 293, Sir9, RIP9, current ride RX 29er) and 1 XC race, I've been looking for something a little more. What I really wanted (I thought) was a short CS, full suspension 29er. I even spoke to multiple custom framemakers who would not do it due to the added complexity of seat tube maniupulation required (Titus, Vicous, Mint). I didn't want to lose the fast roll of a 29er, wanted FS, but I was tired of not being able to lift the front end, didn't want the loong wheelbase of what is available.
Then while surfing, I ran across a RX 26" bike and after seeing Carver's fisher FS 69er conversion, I purchased the frame. I swapped my 29er rear triangle out for the 26er, bought an inexpensive wheel for the rear tried the experiment.
After two weeks on this bike, It kicks ARSE!!! its a blast and I didn't expect it to be this good. By shortening up the CS, the wheelbase shortens up making it more nimble and manageable. It takes much less english to manuever around the trail. I'm not sure why I had resisted trying a 69er but its really pretty awesome. It also doesn't take the longer windup while accelerating but gets up to speed quickly.
I don't think theres a "best" bike. But this is the most fun I've had on a bike since '03
I'll post pics when I figure out how to shrink my photo files!!
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