Looking for some pearls of wisdom. Figured I'd hit up my On-One brethren first ...
Got back into biking late last year. Ditched the "off the rack" bike I purchased and started my first bike build earlier this year. Went with 29er Inbred swapout single speed (I think I put up a pic in another thread). Started out fully rigid, but after a few weeks worth of rides on the mountain, my arms begged me for a suspension fork. I've been happy with the bike and, with the Manitou Tower Pro, it's been smooth sailing. However ...
I'm starting to feel like I'm better suited for a 26" with a 1x9 setup. I don't mean to rehash the age old 26 versus 29er debate, but carving up the trails and having the most fun seems to be hampered by my singlespeed 29er choice.
I'm trying to decide if I should suck it up and go with a 26 inbred or 456 with a bit longer travel fork and a 1x9 setup or simply change out my rear hub and swapouts and go with a 1x9 on my current 29er rig. Any On-One owners out there make the switch from 26 to 29 or 29 to 26? How's that panned out for you? Also, anyone make the switch from singlespeed to geared or vice versa?
I'm not going to be strapping on the pads and going on bomb runs, but I'm starting to feel (especially at my relative advanced age) that my rides would be longer and more enjoyable with the switch to geared. With as much blood, sweat and tears that went into my build, it's a really tough decision to go with the 26, but, in the long run, I wonder if I'd have more fun on the mountain.
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