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    29er question

    If I buy a 29er do I need a smaller size than I do in a 26er? I am assuming the 29ers sit taller.

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    Probably not a smaller size.

    Head to your LBS and try them on for size. How it feels is paramount...
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    Quote Originally Posted by funkydrum
    Probably not a smaller size.

    Head to your LBS and try them on for size. How it feels is paramount...
    So if I need a small size 26er I will also need a small size 29er?

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    Most likely , but you need to try them out .

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    The sizes are relative. Just because the 29er has bigger wheels it is not necessarily a "bigger" bike so the sizes will be comparable. My 26" bike is a L and my 29er is a 21" frame which would be a L or XL.

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    x2 the frame is the frame ...... youll still need the same
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    29er sizes tend to run a little different in a lot of brands. If you have a bike you like, measure or look up the effective top tube length. That should give you an approximate size for 29ers to try. Don't be afraid to try bigger and smaller too, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    29er sizes tend to run a little different in a lot of brands. ... Don't be afraid to try bigger and smaller too, though.
    +1

    For me a 20.5" Marin HT was too small and a 18" GF fit just right. You gotta ride them.

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    I would ride the same size with Gary Fisher's(26 or 29).

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