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  1. #1
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    Can i huck a 29er

    Hi I didn't wanna start a huge debate about whats better and what benifits the 29er has, I just had one question. I've heard the stuff about 29ers being better for big guys and I'm a little interested in them. My main concern is I'm more of a bike hucking kind of rider. I need to wheelie and bunny hop and things like that. Will I be limited with a 29er? Also I'll probably ride a lot of all mountain and try some light downhill this year. Is a 29er a good choice or should stick with a large frame 26?

    I'm 6'4" and 260lb (hoping to lower that). Thanks for all your help and sorry if this is a newbie question.
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    My 29'er is like driving a Cadillac, the 26'er is like driving a Cavalier. 6'3" 250, the 29'er is one inch taller and rides through the same terrain fine and climbs better, I'm pretty sure I scare the crap outta the little guys on their little bikes.

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    Well, no debate from me as I have and ride both a 29er and 26er. First off, I'm about 6'5" and 330ish and although I don't leave the ground much I consider myself a fairly ok rider. My first 29er was a XL Fisher Hifi deluxe which is a XC bike. (Bought it because I didn't know better at the time). It felt really good though because it was the first bike I ever rode that felt like I was in it vs on it. Wasn't burly enough for what I wanted to ride though. I just built a (hopefully rock solid) Niner WFO XL which has 5.5" of travel and I'm really enjoying it. But I wouldn't call it nimble or quick by any means. It's maneuverable but I can't huck it around like my 26er because it weights almost 34 pounds. But it handles well, floats over everything pretty much like a Cadillac and climbs pretty well. I'm still dialing in the suspension though.

    I'm about to sell my 26" Stumpy soon to build a burly 6" travel 26" bike just because I like having a bike I can throw around and huck when I want to and certain spots I ride are better suited for a 26er. Both types of bikes have their own merit. Just depends on what you want and what you can afford, which is why I have both.

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    Transition Bikes

    If you can afford it, there are some VERY nice AM 29ers out there. But I think 26 is still a smart way to go for what you describe.

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    I'd say yes.

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