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    Are 29er's just a passing fad

    Being a long 26"rider I'm in the process of selling off some bikes to finance a new 29er. Now, all I see is 27.5" aka 650B.MTBR has the current cover on it. The manufacturers seems to be using planned obsolescence when choosing wheel size. Just to clarify, this is NOT a 26" vs 650B vs 29er thread. Buy whatever you like. Any thoughts?
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    You of all people. Uhh, maybe they're planning to off 26" wheels??
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    My guess -- and that's all it is -- is that 29 and 27.5 will end up being the winners, with 26 eventually fading away into near obscurity in the mtb world.
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    As I understand 650b (and bear in mind I don't have much time on one), the standard offers some of the benefits of 29 inch wheels like better ride and less energy loss by rolling over obstacles easier than 26 inch, while offering some of the 26 inch benefit of quicker steering due to being smaller than 29.

    29 seems to have been accepted more quickly than 650b is, but 650 is gaining momentum in the industry. I do have lots of 29 and 26 time, and I truly prefer 29 on a well setup bike.

    I also firmly believe, that the industry "innovates" to create new sale$. Some of the innovations are genuine improvements to design and performance while others are just ways to get us off of our "old and obsolete" technology and into stores to produce our wallets. 650b or 29 a fad? Not in my eyes. I see it as a way to offer more choice for different riding styles and platforms as the sport itself changes with growth. 26 will probably fade in the next decade on performance oriented MTB's.
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    29ers are here to stay...this was a movement by the people and a few select manufacturers with their ear to the "street"...then other manufacturers jumped on board. If the people demand something different, it will change. I'm happy on my 29er.

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    bicycles are a fad.

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    Believe it was Tom Ritchey 30 years back who built a 650b. Seems like everything is coming full circle. Don't think the 26 will die off, but become less dominate and the 650b and 29ers will continue to grow in popularity. Then again that is just one opinion.

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    I can't see 26er's being used for cross country much anymore in the near future. I think they will remain in charge of the long travel DH bikes though.

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    This question was beat to death 12 yrs ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    My guess -- and that's all it is -- is that 29 and 27.5 will end up being the winners, with 26 eventually fading away into near obscurity in the mtb world.
    I agree with this. IMO 29ers are great hardtail xc bike and very good xc FS bikes. But for the freeride/DH crowd I can't see 29ers working as well as 650b. I think eventually you'll see a bunch of XC HT and XC FS bike in the 80-130mm front suspension range. 650B for more suspension (FR bikes) and DH bikes. The overlap is right around a 120-130mm xc FS bike which probably will be the battleground to see which wheelsize is more dominant. 26 won't go away but will fall into the big box store bikes and DJ bikes.

    Me personally I'm keeping my Missy, love the handling and reponsive that frame and my set up offers. If I were to buy another bike I'd like a 650b FS bike with 130mm upfront.
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    that is a completely wrong use of the meme...just fyi.

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    I want to run a 29 set up as close to my 26 as possible, on the loop I have the most data on, when i'm at or near peak seasonal condition and see what falls out.

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    Yes they are. For the past ten or more years this fad has been building. The fad will bust anytime now just like rock and roll did when they said that was just a fad in the 1950s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    29ers are here to stay...this was a movement by the people and a few select manufacturers with their ear to the "street"...then other manufacturers jumped on board. If the people demand something different, it will change. I'm happy on my 29er.

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    Is this a thread that someone revived from 2004? No? WTF!
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    Way more 29's around my area than 26's. My 26 has been sitting in my garage ever since i got my 29! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Is this a thread that someone revived from 2004? No? WTF!
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    On subject...there seems to be a place for each wheel size. Doubtful one will replace the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel View Post
    This question was beat to death 12 yrs ago.
    650B wasn't even on the radar 12 years ago unless your name is Grant Peterson.
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    I sure hope not, I just got my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    I see it as a way to offer more choice for different riding styles and platforms as the sport itself changes with growth.
    I agree. I'll also say I love the 29, for my riding style its perfect.

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    I'll never own another 26er. The thing feels like a BMX bike under me now when I ride it.

    Been thinking of selling my trek 4500 and buying a second rigid 29er for bike path riding.

    That's about all the Trek 4500 comes out of the garage for anyways
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    Hey MTBR circa 2004 called..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocop View Post
    I can't see 26er's being used for cross country much anymore in the near future. I think they will remain in charge of the long travel DH bikes though.
    Cannot agree more. I bought 29er for XC this season - I regret that I did not do it much earlier....

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