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    29ers and the housing crisis....

    Where you there when home prices kept rising year after year, and youre thinking, nah, it can't keep going up.

    And when you finally accept the inevitable, you buy a second home, then the market crashes.

    I'm here watching a video of the Bronson from Santa Cruz, and am thinking, this time around, I'm ahead of the game. I already sold my 29er!

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah aha.....

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    About a year ago I went into a bike shop and the guy told me that 29er's were taking over the market. 26" wheeled bikes where taking over. After alot of reading and going back and forth I went with a 29er. Now all I see is how awesome the 27.5 is. What the crap! I cant keep up lol

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    This reminds me of the adage "everything is amazing and nobody is happy".

    Are we really complaining because our sport has too many options?

    There was a time when cutting edge meant black wall tires instead of skin walls. When magazines debated the difference between the curved fork and the new straight leg forks. When we bolted all kinds of gadgets to our bikes so they would brake better.

    Now you can anything you want and your unhappy? Remember where we have come from and how great everything is and that you can go out on a bike that won't break, will do everything that you want it to do, is super reliable, weighs very little and makes you ever so happy. Perspective grasshopper!
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    Ignore the market hype. Try them out & ride what you like.
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    I'm in no hurry to get rid of my 29er. For now haha

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    "Where" you there when decent grammar actually meant something? Even though I can "anything I want" bad grammar still makes posts hard to read.

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    Gonna keep my 29" geared bike. This coming winter I plan to build a 29" SS, after that I'll see about 27.5 wheeled options. Given a few more years worth of reading material on it and we'll see. But I'd like to think my SS build will be the last bike I get, aside from maybe a newer road bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollution Warrior View Post
    "Where" you there when decent grammar actually meant something? Even though I can "anything I want" bad grammar still makes posts hard to read.
    hahahahaha, an internet grammar nazi. i have heard that they occupy the lowest rung on the internet food chain. some where in between tool and mouth breather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormac View Post
    Gonna keep my 29" geared bike. This coming winter I plan to build a 29" SS, after that I'll see about 27.5 wheeled options. Given a few more years worth of reading material on it and we'll see. But I'd like to think my SS build will be the last bike I get, aside from maybe a newer road bike...
    Are you planning to die really soon, or what? I hear some old people talk about "the last car I will buy" and so on. Morbid.

    You'll be doing good to last through the coming winter, with that attitude.
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    29ers look like BMX bikes under me so no way in hell I'm going 27.5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    hahahahaha, an internet grammar nazi. i have heard that they occupy the lowest rung on the internet food chain. some where in between tool and mouth breather.
    I'm not a grammar nazi, but when the mistakes are that obvious and cause difficulty for the reader I just can't resist. I do the same thing all the time, but I proofread what I write and catch most of it.

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    I thought 29ers caused the housing crash?

    All the people using their house as ATM's to buy new 29ers....


    Did I miss something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    ...I'm here watching a video of the Bronson from Santa Cruz, and am thinking, this time around, I'm ahead of the game. I already sold my 29er!

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah aha.....

    Seriously this time.

    Santa Cruz comes out with a new bike. Big deal. It does not make you old bike (29er or 26 or even hardtail) obsolete. If your current bike works keep riding it. All companies need to create hype out next years product and say how much better it is. The make money by selling bikes and will do what they can to sell them. We ride bikes and changing bikes every year or even every couple years gets expensive. Are the new bikes better every year. Probably, but also probably not worth the cost to trade up. Old bike in good working order still can ride plenty of trails very well.

    So worry less about keeping up with latest and more about keeping your fitness up to keep up on the trails. If bike get worn out and ridden into the ground then time to look for new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollution Warrior View Post
    I'm not a grammar nazi, but when the mistakes are that obvious and cause difficulty for the reader I just can't resist.
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    29ers and the housing crisis....

    27.5's are so last week.

    It's all about the 26.75's now.


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    I've gotta have a 26.75!

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    I'm still happy with my 26" bike. Now get off my lawn!!

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    You know what..... I bought a used 26" wheel bike over 15 years ago and it still works today. I can still buy tires for it and it does what I need it to do. I also bought a 29" wheel bike last year. Same thing there.... When I get a new bike, I will buy what ever bike I want and I will be happy.

    I really think that 26.75 will be the new standard. They roll better than 26" wheels and without the problems caused by larger wheel sizes. Now I need a new bike.....

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    Marketing team at SC smile and think "Told ya it'd work on those doofs, a fool and his money are soon parted".

    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    Where you there when home prices kept rising year after year, and youre thinking, nah, it can't keep going up.

    And when you finally accept the inevitable, you buy a second home, then the market crashes.

    I'm here watching a video of the Bronson from Santa Cruz, and am thinking, this time around, I'm ahead of the game. I already sold my 29er!

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah aha.....
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    Well, if my timing on buying a 29er is anything like my timing buying a house, that means that the month or 2 after I get that Carbon Tallboy LT I've been eyeing, the 29'er market will fall off a cliff ... I'll let you all know when I'm buying, so you can plan accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwbikur View Post
    I'm still happy with my 26" bike. Now get off my lawn!!
    That's the thing. I sold my 29er and kept a stable of 26ers. I'll let the speculators go and get theirs. I'll get in on the NEW NORMAL after 2020. By that time, I'm probably done with my daily rider

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    Are you planning to die really soon, or what? I hear some old people talk about "the last car I will buy" and so on. Morbid.

    You'll be doing good to last through the coming winter, with that attitude.
    Maybe should have read, "last bike I will spend a lot on" Even that I'm sure is false. Change will to "at least 5 years" hopefully!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormac View Post
    Maybe should have read, "last bike I will spend a lot on" Even that I'm sure is false. Change will to "at least 5 years" hopefully!
    So, what 29er SS are you planning to build?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Marketing team at SC smile and think "Told ya it'd work on those doofs, a fool and his money are soon parted".
    If you don't get excited by a carbon 27.5 with a 66-67 HA and 150mm of squish, I don't think youre a real mountain biker.

    Does it mean I'm going to buy one? No.

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    Why the fvck would I get excited over that, I'm not a Pink Bike kid who thinks MTBing is only about hucking and sending it big, I quite enjoy my rigid 29er thank you very much. BTW, you're welcome to come visit with this "Not Real" MTBer any time and let me show you the "Not Real" trails I ride
    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    If you don't get excited by a carbon 27.5 with a 66-67 HA and 150mm of squish, I don't think youre a real mountain biker.

    Does it mean I'm going to buy one? No.
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    I was thinking about this on a ride the other day. Well something similar anyway. 29er was the hotness because it rolled over all of our trails that were worn in by 26ers. Smoothed things out. People said it was like having a full suspension bike with 2" or so of travel in the rear (which I never really got, but whatever). Now all of the trails are worn in by 29er riders. So logically, moving back to 26", or 27.5" would smooth out the trail - you'll roll right through/over/around all those 29" wheeled ruts. Until the 27.5" bikes are popular and you gotta switch again. I'm going to keep riding my 29er; just like the housing market it'll come back.
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    Last MTB I had was about a 1987 Peugeot. It rode just fine.
    Recently got a decent 29er hard tail. It rides just fine.
    I don't do marketing hype and I don't drool over the latest and greatest toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Why the fvck would I get excited over that, I'm not a Pink Bike kid who thinks MTBing is only about hucking and sending it big, I quite enjoy my rigid 29er thank you very much. BTW, you're welcome to come visit with this "Not Real" MTBer any time and let me show you the "Not Real" trails I ride
    ive done the 29er hard tail thing, the floppy front wheel feel in tight single track wasnt for me.

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    26,27,29, whatever.

    I just get on the damn bike and ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    Last MTB I had was about a 1987 Peugeot. It rode just fine.
    Recently got a decent 29er hard tail. It rides just fine.
    I don't do marketing hype and I don't drool over the latest and greatest toys.
    Well said. Ride what you like - like what you ride.
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    The labor force participation rate is at 63%, the lowest since 1979.

    Santa Cruz has concocted the Bronson to motivate workers to accept lower salaries and longer hours as better biking bliss enhances, then shorter, leisure time. The new cycliciouly manipulated labor/leisure trade-off then moves the labor market and the housing market recovers with the greater economy.

    ... next, cyclings obvious solution to the impending gas crisis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    So, what 29er SS are you planning to build?
    Jabberwocky, but now I might buy a monocog and just replace everything one piece at a time. This way I'll have spare parts when it's all said and done.
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    29ers and the housing crisis....

    Quote Originally Posted by norcal209 View Post
    26,27,29, whatever.

    I just get on the damn bike and ride.
    Me too. And I can pick from my quiver a 26" rigid SS, a 5" 650b trail bike, a 650b HT 1X 9, and a carbon Tall Boy.

    They're all good, they are all fun in different ways on different terrain. They all get used.

    If I had to do a "Sophie's choice" I'd keep the Tall Boy, which is best overall where I live. But I don't have to and won't.


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    I wonder what would happen if you put a 29er fork and wheel on a 26'' bike and left the back wheel 26''? Blasphemy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGESAM View Post
    I wonder what would happen if you put a 29er fork and wheel on a 26'' bike and left the back wheel 26''? Blasphemy?
    Been done. It's called a 69er. The only one I've ever heard of that worked was a bike Ventana made in house.
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