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    DH racing on a 26 inch Turner DHR

    I have a 2015 Turner DHR. Iím thinking about racing the DHR in the old fart division this year. How much of a disadvantage am I going to be against 27.5 and 29er bikes ?

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    We have to see what color it is to answer that
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    I'm usually in the top five or ten, sometimes top 20 if it's a big race like Pro GRT. A new season rolled around and everyone was on 27.5". I was the only pro on 26" at this Pro GRT. I got like 40th despite riding so hard through the rock gardens that I cracked a rim in practice. Haven't raced DH since. The difference between wheel sizes will depend on the course but if there's some flatter rocky sections it's not good for the small wheels. Figure a 5-10 second penalty. You'll still have fun but if you're racing to win either pick your tracks carefully or get a new bike. I may enter my new 29" enduro bike in a DH race this year. I'm hesitant to buy a big wheel DH bike cuz I don't forsee doing much DH racing and I still like my 26er for play riding.
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    1: you won't see any 29er dh bikes in the old guy category at local races this year. There are only... what 2 29" DH bikes you can actually buy.

    2: how much of a penalty 26 vs 27? None whatsoever at your level. Unless you lose and it's sort of close and you want to blame something other than yourself.

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    It won't work.

    It'll catch on fire and explode before the first turn, 26'ers are dead.

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    Thanks for you input Lelandjt

    Looks like I'm just riding for fun this year. No way, I'm laying out for a new DH bike for a few races a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter View Post
    Thanks for you input Lelandjt

    Looks like I'm just riding for fun this year. No way, I'm laying out for a new DH bike for a few races a year.
    Yeah, race for fun. I still ride that bike and I'm still faster than most of my younger buddies (I'm 50 this year, they're usually in their thirties).

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    I am 54....and if you are still racing and having fun....that is all that matters....
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    650b is 25mm larger so expect to lose every race by .99 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    650b is 25mm larger so expect to lose every race by .99 inches.
    That's how it works?

    I though obsolete bikes were supposed to be slower by 28.99 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter View Post
    Thanks for you input Lelandjt

    Looks like I'm just riding for fun this year. No way, I'm laying out for a new DH bike for a few races a year.
    Well, make sure you win or you won't be having any fun.

    FWIW a local CAT1 was winning his age group on a 26" Turner, several years older than yours.

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    We have to see what color it is to answer that
    Yeah if itís not red you donít have a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter View Post
    Thanks for you input Lelandjt

    Looks like I'm just riding for fun this year. No way, I'm laying out for a new DH bike for a few races a year.
    buy a new DH bike for $10K on a credit card. race knowing you must win to pay it off...or go bankrupt. what could be more fun than that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter View Post
    I have a 2015 Turner DHR. Iím thinking about racing the DHR in the old fart division this year. How much of a disadvantage am I going to be against 27.5 and 29er bikes ?
    No disadvantage at all. 26Ē dh bikes rip. Jarrod Graves won EWS enduro races on a 26Ē bike when all of his competition were on bigger wheels. Schmucks and the bike industry will tell you need this or that, but itís all bs. Unless your racing World Cup where you might shave a second or two on a 3 minute run I wouldnít worry about it. I still ride a 26Ē dh bike. All of my other ripper friends ponied up and bought the latest greatest big wheel dh bikes. I still wait for them at the bottom. Nothing faster than a solid skill set.

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