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    29er places 3rd in Men's Elite at MTB Worlds

    Dunno if its been posted already but I was pleased to see Burry Stander on a 29er podium at the Worlds today.

    Burry Stander of South Africa was riding a Specialized HT. He's not a very tall rider compared to some of the others so the larger wheels were quite noticeable. At least one American was riding a 29er as well.

    I also noticed quite a few tubular wheelsets. I think they were Geax tires (tan sidewalls) and Edge rims. Most of the Swiss riders were setup that way. LOTS of carbon frames, and HT compromised ~90% of the bikes in the race.
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    Just think of what he could have done if he were on a 26er, or FS, or FS 26er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn hack
    Just think of what he could have done if he were on a 26er, or FS, or FS 26er!
    Got third?

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    Willow on a 29er as well, Imirger 6th on her Superfly.
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritZman
    Dunno if its been posted already but I was pleased to see Burry Stander on a 29er podium at the Worlds today.

    Burry Stander of South Africa was riding a Specialized HT. He's not a very tall rider compared to some of the others so the larger wheels were quite noticeable. At least one American was riding a 29er as well.

    I also noticed quite a few tubular wheelsets. I think they were Geax tires (tan sidewalls) and Edge rims. Most of the Swiss riders were setup that way. LOTS of carbon frames, and HT compromised ~90% of the bikes in the race.
    Lots of Euro pros use custom made Dugast tubular tires. Natural color ("tan") casings.
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    Awesome! We will continue to see more and more 29ers on Podiums! Sweet!

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    what i read: 29er loses to a pair of 26" bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce9er
    Awesome! We will continue to see more and more pros on Podiums! Sweet!

    I agree!

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    More surprising is that a South African was riding a 29er. When I was there two years ago I was told no one rode 29er there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder
    Got third?

    It's the motor not the bike.

    Which is why these types of posts are pointless.

    I am not sure why people care what the pros are riding during the races, does it somehow validate your weekend ride and how you enjoy your choice of bike?

    Maybe a better point would have been made that a short guy got 3rd at the worlds...?

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    I think some of you guys are trying to read too much into this...

    Did I mention that 29er are taking over the world or that my decision of what I ride is based on what Pros ride? I've been riding 29ers long before they were making major progress in Pro ranks because it suits my riding style/needs best, not theirs.

    My post included a couple of bike/setup observations for both sized wheels which I found interesting & unique - nothing more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritZman
    I think some of you guys are trying to read too much into this...

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    My post included a couple of bike/setup observations for both sized wheels which I found interesting & unique - nothing more.

    My bad. I guess I shouldn't have singled out this thread for trying to make my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    More surprising is that a South African was riding a 29er. When I was there two years ago I was told no one rode 29er there.
    Seeing more and more 29ers in RSA due to lots of marathon and stage races that take place here. MTB is extremely popular but obviously only a tiny percentage of world market so stock is always a problem.

    Expect to see the top riders and a whole lot of "older guys" on 29ers in races like the Cape Epic next year.

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