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    Is any 29" rim considered a 29'er?

    I just started riding a Specialized Crosstrail, very new to biking... would it be considered a 29'er?

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    29er is a general term with reference to wheel size. The Crosstrail has a 700c, so technically, it is a 29er.

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    29er is the term for a 29" rim, it is also equivalent to 700cc on the road bike world.

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    My old Karate Monkey was a 29er but had a stock wheelset rims listed as a 700c x 22.5. Exact same wheelset my Salsa Casseroll had on it and it was a road bike(700c x 41 tires).
    Only thing I noticed was that the 29er WTB tire for the Monkey fit very loosely around the bead & rim. I always worried it would burp or blowout if I hit it just right. I usually like tires to fit the rims better than that. But it worked!
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    thanks all. I'll start referring to it as a 29er from here on...

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    29er is a marketing term. While 700C used to refer to something specific, it has drifted. Both refer to a rim with a 622 mm bead seat diameter, but to my mind, 700C implies road and hybrid tires while 29er implies a mountain bike.

    OP, you can call your hybrid anything you want to. It's a free country. But you'll confuse everybody else.
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