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  1. #1
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    650b or 29er for Park City



    Live in Park City, UT. Have an old 26" hardtail- am getting a new bike when the snow melts.

    Lots of single track & climbing here. So- would a 650b or 29er be better? Have been set on a 29er- but am thinking the 650b may be the best option for a fs 'everyday' bike- especially after the couple (including the latest MBA) reviews stating that 650b is the best of the 3 sizes.

    Was reading the posts on the Scapel conversions- looks and sounds pretty interesting...

    Am 6'1"-6'2" 170-175 lbs. 43 yrs. old.



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    Jun 2008
    You believe MBA?

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    either,.. both... depends on the model, terrain, trails you ride, your personal style and pref's bla bla bla... honestly with all three wheel sizes now it's best to just hit shops and demo a bike,.. even better if you can rent it for a weekend. choose 3 or 4 you really like and blow the $50 one for a weekend and ride. That way you'll get a feel for each and can decide which one fits you and your style riding.

    I'm not as big on the 26er conversions personally, they are still 26" bikes with bigger wheels. the geo stays the same, just higher in the air. 29ers and 650b specific bikes have the geo changed slightly to fit the person properly on/in the frame and wheel centers, heights,.. so on and so forth. I like the longer top tubes most 29er's and many 650b's have. again it's a persona choice and how you fit the bike.
    Going to try and bring Trail Tire TV back. go take a look...

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