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    Downhill MTB on a 29er?

    Has any one rode a Downhill MTB Trail with a 29er? If so, how did it go?

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    Wrong section of the forums buddy .

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    There are too many factors involved to answer that question realistically. I would search specifically for the bike you're wondering about.
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    There have been plenty of people who have done it, although the results vary wildly. If it was a sidewalk with jumps like the Sea Otter DH, there were 650 and 29 wheels all over the place, and they did well. But go to a place like Val di Sole, Italy, and the vast majority were back on 26" wheels and more travel.

    I work with a guy who takes his 29er on pretty much anything short of full DH races. He's a phenomenal rider and pushes his bike much harder than most. One thing he did tell me recently was that he was forced to upgrade to a stiffer wheelset. His stock (but still very high end) wheelset was flexing enough in corners that it was rubbing his rear triangle. Bad news. So he bought an Enve wheelset as it was about the stiffest rim he could get. He says it's a lot better now, but he didn't enjoy having to spend that kind of money just to get it to function well in hard enduro/dh mode.
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    My personal thoughts: A 29er on a true DH course is a bit like eating your dinner with a spork. Yes, it will work. No, it's not as enjoyable. And yes, your friends will probably make fun of you.
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    I've done it with a trek something-or-another at a demo day. It wasn't horrible I suppose, but I still preferred the 26" bike.

    The comparison is difficult however as there really aren't any real "DH" 29er's out there spec'd out like their 26" counterparts... or not many at least. The 4-5" travel 25lbs 29er I rode down was a completely different beast than my 40lbs 8" boot'r and both are meant to do different things. On the jump lines, it was a blast and I was really able to send it without any effort at all.. but when it got steep and tight in the berms, it felt a little more sluggish to me to try to change directly quickly like I was used to with the big bike.

    All in all... I'd save the 29er for the hills and the 26 big bike for the parks.

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    In 2011 at the Nevada State Champs at Bootleg Canyon the SS DH race was won on a 29'er. It was the owner of All Mountain Cyclery that won. Only 2 others in the Open Single Speed race, but they were pretty fast, being Chris Canfield and Gene Hamilton. I still ride a regular size wheel bike (26") but thought I should share this story.
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    had a bandit 29er set up for burlier riding, what i didn't like was how it felt in the air.
    real sluggish and the wheels also took a beating.

    my next bike to try will probably be a 650b, though i will always have a dedicated dh bike 26er like a tr250 for the jump runs that are being built more often.
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    I'm on a 29er HT right now, planning on just getting a 26er with long travel for downhill stuff. The 29er is just too bulky for tight turns and jumping at speed. I love it for climbing and mobbin' through really techy stuff though.

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    I do every weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nico_Was_Here View Post
    Has any one rode a Downhill MTB Trail with a 29er? If so, how did it go?
    The biggest problem is that aside from Lenz no one has really made a serious stab at 29er DH bike.

    DH racers can be a bunch of fashion victims, they cried about skinsuits until they got banned on 'safety grounds' but they still turn up to race without spine guards without a hint of irony. Now they're crying about 29ers making them feel insecure.

    Sooner or later one of the big DH teams will suck up the abuse, turn up with a 29er bike and smash everybody (because DH is all about rolling faster). A 29er across Fort Bill's rocks would be epic. Then it'll take off, because the UCI won't ban it for fear of annoying said big DH team.

    Until then, 29er DH bike, Lenz or custom frame.

    Taking a 29er trail bike to downhill trails would be like taking a 26er trail bike, you can still go fast, but dodge the jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nico_Was_Here View Post
    Has any one rode a Downhill MTB Trail with a 29er? If so, how did it go?
    No, 29ers do not go down hills, only up.
    You must push or be shuttled back down.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Awesome.
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    I've raced a long travel 29" down the Keystone DH lines in the BME series. Adjustable geo, and 5.5 fork put it around 66.75 degrees HA. Yes it rolled over pretty much everything, and NO it would not turn to save its life at pace. It was a fun experiment, I won't do it again.

    Just because you can....

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    It depends on the rider and the trail (more on the rider). I took my RIP 9 and ran lift serve at Burke and had a blast (and scared the crap out of a few guys in full downhill kit!).

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