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    26 or 29?

    I know this topic has been beat to death but i really need help i dont want to invest 3000 dollars into something im not going to like. I am 5-5 and am currently looking at the stump jumpers 29 and 26. I come from a bmx/motocross lifestyle so i like to flick the bike and jump but at the same time i like to go fast as well ive ridden both and i feel that the 29 is unstable while cornering. I rarely race down here in miami and if i do its like a 7 mile race nothing crazy.

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    No offense, but if you don't know if you like 26er or 29er better then it may be a bit premature for you to spend $3,000 on a bike. You should test ride as many as possible -- but if you don't feel comfortable on a 29er, then by all means don't buy one.

    To further complicate things, you could try a 650 (which is in between 26 and 29) and split the difference on flick-ability and being able to roll over things. However, to me many of the 650 bikes seem expensive compared to 26ers or 29ers.

    Coming from BMX, you may just be more comfortable with the 26ers -- nothing wrong with that! Hope you find a bike you like!
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    You're not providing nearly enough info.

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    Yep, test ride if you can. If you find a 29er unstable, sounds like you should lean toward 26" or maybe even 650b.
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    Stick with the 26. 29er would not suit your riding style well, it would feel like a pig.

    Just because some one who's 4'8" can ride the 29 it does not mean you should especially your riding style would be better with the 26. We'd be having a different conversation if you are 6'5".

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    I also came from a BMX past. 6'-0" I have both. I really like the 26er. A few companies are ditching their 26er. Santa Cruz dropped their Chameleon. I have one and love it. Look on Craigslist and pick one up for a steel. Or build one from used parts. I used Bikepedia quickspecs to learn about what older bikes cost originally and build specs. I agree w/ BeginnerCycling
    on waiting before you buy something you may regret. I suspect you will love a 26. Enjoy.

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    Demo both types at your LBS. I have both... I ride both darn close to equal time. Yea there are differences, but there should be since they are two different bikes. Only way to tell what will work for you is to ride as many as possible before you buy something.
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    i really like my 29er but i wonder how the 650s ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrymiller1 View Post
    I also came from a BMX past. 6'-0" I have both. I really like the 26er.
    Yup, if you want to huck and pump, go 26". I own both, and while I really like my SIR9 rigid, I cannot ride it BMX style like I can my 26" rigid.
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    Clean used 26" bikes are really undervalued. Everyone is dumping perfectly good bikes to jump on the 29er band wagon.
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    The title is incorrect, it should be: 26 AND 29!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild88 View Post
    i really like my 29er but i wonder how the 650s ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henrymiller1 View Post
    ...Santa Cruz dropped their Chameleon....
    They most certainly did not. The Chameleon is alive and kicking in their 2013 model line up.

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    26 or 29?

    29 is better.

    Ok, just saw you are 5-5. Probably good to try a couple of each. At 5-5 there us a lot to like about 26 geometry.

    Why not get a 27.5 ?

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    Re: 26 or 29?

    650B!!! I really want one for my FS bike.

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