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    West Mag Bike Choice

    I have never made it out to the West Mag trail system just to the south of Ned. I was wondering, for those who have ridden it, is a 6&6 or a hardtail 29r the better bike option for that trail system. Thanks

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    totally depends on what trails you're riding and what you like. the 29er will work fine for most of it, but there are some sections that the 6"er will be better. and there are some upper trails (harder to find without someone leading you) that have some fairly fast downhills where the 6"er will be better.

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    Thanks IE that was helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure View Post
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    maybe one with training wheels?


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    I would recommend 26lbs of 29er goodness. It's working well for me. We've seen this frame built up under 22lbs, but for everyday riding the stock bike rips it.

    For my West mag choice it's the following in descending order:

    29er FS (Anthem X 29er)
    26er FS (6" travel, light all mountain--Maverick Durance for me)
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    a road bike should do the trick

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    It pretty much doesn't matter. 2 wheels, pedals, suspension or not, gears or not, it's just fun!
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    Is Nederland dried out now?

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    magnolia was very dry this morning

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    I'd choose a bike with a good GPS and a topo map.

    Just rode there yesterday. It's got to be one of the worst marked trail networks I've ever seen. There's a ton of trails that aren't on the map. Go with someone who knows the trails if you can.

    Lots of trails are badly eroded and have a bunch of baby head rocks. Something with gears would be nice. Didn't see any other single-speeders and I'm guessing they knew something my stupid-bike-pushing self didn't...

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    It is very poorly marked, which for some of us is part of its charm. It shows its character in layers as you get to know it better. As for badly eroded trails and baby head rocks, well, it really depends on where you go up there.

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    The only crappy trails I've ridden there (I think) are the trails used regularly by the pony ride business.

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    No question in my mind... take the 6x6. But if you like punishing yourself the 29r should suffice

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    I'd think any trail worth traveling to would be better riden on a 6x6 than a hardtail, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    I'd think any trail worth traveling to would be better riden on a 6x6 than a hardtail, no?
    sounds true to me, but there are some people (I call them masochists ) who seem to think the hardtail is more pleasurable on all sorts of trails.

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    29ers are for road bikers who want to get into mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skogorbet View Post
    29ers are for road bikers who want to get into mountain biking.

    Are 26ers for cruiser bike riders who want to get into mountain biking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggs View Post
    Are 26ers for cruiser bike riders who want to get into mountain biking?
    an odd response, especially since the modern day mountain bike was developed from old cruiser frames

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    now go ride your magically wheeled wunderbike

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    I'm not a 29er zealot by any means, though I love mine. I still ride 26er's on my long travel bikes and dirt jumpers. However based on what I see folks buying, I think it's no longer the "different" choice but rather the normal choice--

    Here's what I saw over the past 30 years as the industry started w/ 26er's and then slowly added 29ers.


    1980-1990 just figuring it out, starting with the 26" cruiser, by 1990 you can by a solid long lasting 26" fully rigid bike, and people are just beginning to look at suspension for the mass market

    1990-1995: weight weeniedom reigns supreme. If you can save 5 grams and ano it purple it sells. A 21lb titanium rig with a Mag 21 SL is the dream bike. No one would dream of going 29er, as it's clearly heavier. people did experiment w/ 24" wheels to save weight.

    1995: The first 29ers are starting to show up, Bruce Gordon, Wilits etc, but not the big boys right away.

    1995-2005: More and more people try 29ers and like them--many small companies spring up building them, and some of the big brands (Gary Fisher most notably) go all in

    2005-2010: All the brands jump on the 29er bandwagon--they see sales grow, but 26ers still outsell them.

    2011: The freeride and jumping crew are not thinking about 29ers, but if a customer is spending more than $1500 and not getting a 6" or more bike, they are more likely to buy a 29er than a 26er. That's just based on what we see.

    I think this is the year that the switch flipped, the 26er becomes the specialty bike and the 29er is the "normal" bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggs View Post
    Are 26ers for cruiser bike riders who want to get into mountain biking?
    No, they are for people who live near the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaj;
    2011: The freeride and jumping crew are not thinking about 26ers, but if a yuppie or hipster newb that actually shops for bikes on The Hill or Pearl St is spending more than $1500 and not getting a 6" or more bike, they are more likely to buy a 29er than a 26er.
    Fixed that for ya.



    (I kid.. i kid.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwhan View Post
    sounds true to me, but there are some people (I call them masochists ) who seem to think the hardtail is more pleasurable on all sorts of trails.
    A hardtail gives a more "real" riding experience
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    My HT 29 has such a flat spot on the rear wheel it's like riding a horse. I need to get that relaced one of these days.
    Maybe when I get sick of my soft cushy suspension.



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    Originally Posted by Kaj;
    2011: The freeride and jumping crew are not thinking about 26ers, but if a yuppie or hipster newb that actually shops for bikes on The Hill or Pearl St is spending more than $1500 and not getting a 6" or more bike, they are more likely to buy a 29er than a 26er.

    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    Fixed that for ya.
    (I kid.. i kid.)
    why kid?

    the truth shall set you free

    that post read like a commercial for magical wheels

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