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    Gegenheimer Wins hafjell Eliminator on 26 inches

    So I just watched the UCI Hafjell XCE. The winner for the men's was Simon Gegenheimer on a 26 inch hardtail!

    I'm a noob to mountain biking and I have a 29er hardtail, but this win makes me wonder if the industry has made a mistake?

    Or is this win an outlier? What are you're thoughts?

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    Another wheel size thread? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by partlan View Post
    I'm a noob to mountain biking and I have a 29er hardtail, but this win makes me wonder if the industry has made a mistake?
    Dude, it's not about the bike. 29er, 26er, 650b, it's not like one format is faster than the others. Basically if you have athlete "A" and athlete "B" the faster and more fit guy is going to win the race. The wheel size and bike stuff is more about style then anything else.

    The "industry" is about selling stuff... as long as people are buying the wheel sizes are not a mistake.

    Don't get me wrong, I like my 29er and feel it provides a nicer fit and a nicer feel on rough stuff but I don't really think it makes me faster or slower.
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    26in wheels are faster in most conditions unless the track is horrendously bumpy, although riders with with excellent bike handling skills can usually eliminate that advantage.

    This image sums it up perfectly: over hyped 29ers vs the calm precision of a person who sees through the marketing gimmicks and knows exactly the right tool and strategy to win



    I predict a resurgence of 26ers in 5 years. Marketing people can claim 10% lighter and stiffer wheels than last year's model! 20% reduction in angular momentum! More circular tire contact patch of 26in tire results in less tire deformation at a given pressure resulting in less rolling resistance and better knob bite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by partlan View Post
    So I just watched the UCI Hafjell XCE. The winner for the men's was Simon Gegenheimer on a 26 inch hardtail!

    I'm a noob to mountain biking and I have a 29er hardtail, but this win makes me wonder if the industry has made a mistake?

    Or is this win an outlier? What are you're thoughts?
    Why post about an XC SPRINT event in the XC endurance forum?

    (It is not about the wheel size)
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