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    Which do you suggest for a full suspension 27.5 or 29er???

    From what I have read that 29ers are more useful for certain people of a certain length and that apparently 27.5 is getting like more popular.
    what do you suggest? My height is 172cm

    thanks

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    Wheel size isn't just sizing. Test ride both wheel sizes and find what size fits you and your riding style best.
    29ers have more rollover and better climbing,
    27.5 is better for tighter corners and is faster during acceleration.
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    The "better climbing ability of 29ers" is somewhat of a false statement that gets repeated too often on this site. Im not trying to create yet another debate on which size is better, no size is better than the other, its what you prefer. 29ers may climb a little better on rocky climbs, I agree, but in no way will they climb better on any other type of climb, just beware, youll hear that, try before you buy and see what works best for you in the ride conditions you most encounter

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    Seriously? Just go ride a bunch of bikes til you find one that feels right. Pay no attention to wheel diameter.

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    Unfortunately I don't have the luxury to try some.
    What I'm noticing is that lately new bikes are coming in 27.5 first (seems to be the new way to go, from a marketing point of view) and since that with the 29ers they have qiute some pro but their seems to be quite some cons.
    I'm coming from a 26 so I believe that a 27.5 will bring quite some pros next to the 26
    Still really wish to hear some feedback from someone who tried them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speed6 View Post
    Still really wish to hear some feedback from someone who tried them.
    I have, that's why I made the suggestion. Wheel size is over rated marketing.

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    I owned a 26" it was an old heap of crap, but I rode it happily for years... then I got a 29er, got me fit and back into mtb-ing... trouble is as I got more into riding on the trails - I quickly realized that it didn't suit my needs... enter my AM 650b Kona Process, it's a slammin bike that happens to have 27.5" wheels... does the wheel size make it a better bike? tbc =>>>
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    Depends on the trail imho.

    Some trails are tuned for tighter maneuvering and bigger jumps.
    29ers tend to be harder to manage on these trails and this can lead to pushing to far and having a wreck or backing off and not having so much fun.
    Some riders are very strong, enough to man-handle a 29er on the tight tracks, not most people though.

    Alternatively, some trails are more open (wide) and have smaller more manageable jumps where a 29 will blast fast and furiously.
    Trails like fire roads and power line hills esp where painful rock gardens live, this is where 29ers can excel greatly over a 26 (in my opinion).

    I'd like to keep one 26 jumper and one 29er race bike for these reasons.

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