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    Has anyone switched from 29 to 27.5 X 2.6?

    I am in the market for a new aggressive trail/all mountain bike. I知 6 foot tall and have exclusively ridden 29 for the past five or six years. However, sometimes I think my riding style might mesh more with some of the new 27.5 x 2.6 offerings. Has anyone made the switch recently and have any feedback, whether good or bad? I am a strong technical rider who corners aggressively and favors fun over all out speed.

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    Try 29 plus. You're tall enough to enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    Try 29 plus. You're tall enough to enjoy it.
    Agreed. I tuned in because the thread title almost suggests that 29x2.6 isn't a thing.

    Well, I'm here to tell you it's a terrific thing! At least for us taller fellas.
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    I would be interested if someone could answer your question! I run 27.5x 2.6 and would consider adding a 29er to the quiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrisonCityStandout View Post
    I favors fun over all out speed.
    then, you will probably like the Low-fat 27.5. Of course it's easier to flick around than 29 2.6

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrisonCityStandout View Post
    I am in the market for a new aggressive trail/all mountain bike. I知 6 foot tall and have exclusively ridden 29 for the past five or six years. However, sometimes I think my riding style might mesh more with some of the new 27.5 x 2.6 offerings. Has anyone made the switch recently and have any feedback, whether good or bad? I am a strong technical rider who corners aggressively and favors fun over all out speed.

    I've tried it a few times -- on a few of my own bikes and also on one belonging to a friend.

    Only you can say whether it'll work for you. I found that the smaller wheel/tire got hooked on every ledge and square-edged rock, such that I was having less fun, going less fast, and having to work harder to maintain momentum.

    But my trails have lots of square edges. If yours don't it might work great.

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    Based on your riding style, get a 27.5. I致e ridden a few 29ers and found them to be quite boring compared to 27.5. If you enjoy playful free riding, then 27.5 with 2.6痴 is really hard to beat.

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    I made the switch from a 29er to 27.5 recently, albeit 2.4 not 2.6. I will be going to 2.6 once the 2.4 stock tires that came on my bike wear out. Regardless, i have a similar riding style to you. I dont really care about speed and i prefer to jump around and have fun when i ride, meaning that i have to ride pretty aggressive to remain entertained. When i compare the 29er to the 27.5 i honestly dont see much difference, i would be lying if i said i saw any dramatic changes. The biggest difference i find is when cornering, i feel like i have more control over the bigger 29er that i am used too but then again the difference is slight.

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    Thank you for all the responses. I知 anxious to throw my leg over the Mach 5.5 and see how I gel with it. As far as 29+, that is something I am not currently looking at.

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    I am running 27.5 x 2.5" WT Minions on my enduro bike. Fastest setup I've ever had...

    For the type of riding I mainly do (high speed technical DH with lots of corners after a long climb), 27.5 wheels beat all the 29ers I've ridden. They are more playful, flickable, and agile -- with plenty of rollover for chunk.

    29ers are nice when it's really high speed and moderately straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrisonCityStandout View Post
    Thank you for all the responses. I知 anxious to throw my leg over the Mach 5.5 and see how I gel with it. As far as 29+, that is something I am not currently looking at.
    I don't have the experience you have on trails. My two mountain bikes are a Tallboy (two wheelsets, 29x2.3 and 27.5x2.8) and a Trek 1120 (29x3). All are really fun. The Tallboy with semi fat tires feels really stable, but running the 29er tires, it might be more nimble. The 29+ 1120 is simply bodacious. The rollover and stability combination is amazing. I think you'll like the 27.5x2.6.

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    29er to 27.5, skinny to plus.

    100% no question I prefer 27.5. It's much much easier to thrash around in the flowy stuff.

    100% no question I prefer 2.6 and 2.8 over 2.25 and 2.4. High speed braking vastly improved, and cornering is so much more confident and grippy.
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    I have a trek stache 29 plus and an ibis mojo 3 with 27.5 x 2.6, the mojo is hands down more fun than the stache in everything but snow and really sand trails. However one is a ht and one fs with very different geometries so ymmv

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    Both bikes are loads of fun though, as far as rollover goes I found that as long as I pay attention to the front wheel on the ibis the suspension (once I had it dialed effectively) allows the rear wheel to get less hung up on square edge hits than the stache, however I'm sure a 29 fs would handle that even better. But again if it's fun your after 27.5 wheels are definitely going to feel more nimble than 29 everything else being similar

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    I went from 29 enduro to 27.5 enduro with 2.4ish tires. I noticed the bike is much easier to get to the correct speed/keep at speed in rhythm/jump sections. Pops off stuff easier. Doesn't bleed as much speed in medium-radius turns at high speed (on the 29er, I would slide to the outside if I came in too hot).

    Tight handling is neutral, no improvement or worsening (this was dialed a few years ago with the modern enduro 29ers, but there are still a lot of the older goofy-geometry ones out there).

    Roll-over with drops and wheel-catchers is worse. Having 170mm of front travel helps, but doesn't give you the ultimate roll-over that 29 up front had.

    Overall I found it faster and funner to go to 27.5. I wouldn't avoid 29 too badly, as a "one bike" solution I'd likely have one with a bit more travel than my XC race 29er, but I generally don't care for over-sized tires, except for winter. Again, I find they generally slow me down.
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