Does size really matter?

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  • 10-24-2012
    rayzer
    Does size really matter?
    Anybody out there still think that 26" wheels are still the way to go for just plain fun?
  • 10-24-2012
    steiny
    Why let other people define what's fun for you? Shouldn't you be the judge of that? Ride whatever you got and enjoy it. If you need a new ride, demo different bikes with different wheel sizes and decide for yourself based on your own experience on your own terrain.
  • 10-24-2012
    ALBM
    They're all fun when you ride them...we're talking about bikes here right?!...
  • 10-24-2012
    Huskywolf
    INB4 29ers vs 26ers debate.
  • 10-24-2012
    Gordon Shumway
    They see me rollin' they hatin'..

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...uWVbByjbAEbfjg
  • 10-25-2012
    kjlued
    Why is it that the guys that believe size doesn't matter always have smaller ones?:skep:

    BTW, on a serious note, I hear plenty of guys that have 26" bikes out on the trails say their next bike will be a 29er but I have never heard a guy on a 29er say he wants a 26er.
    I wonder why that is?:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    Tone's
    Maybe you need to ask this question in the womens section of the forum....cheers
  • 10-25-2012
    PixieChik
    I have a 29er and I think my next bike is going to be 26".
  • 10-25-2012
    Tone's
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Why is it that the guys that believe size doesn't matter always have smaller ones?:skep:

    BTW, on a serious note, I hear plenty of guys that have 26" bikes out on the trails say their next bike will be a 29er but I have never heard a guy on a 29er say he wants a 26er.
    I wonder why that is?:thumbsup:

    Ive heard plenty say it, in fact a member here that rides xc comps on a 29er said to me a week ago that he was really looking forward to buying a new 26er, as he was missing the fun he had on his :thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    Tone's
    duplicate post.
  • 10-25-2012
    sxotty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PixieChik View Post
    I have a 29er and I think my next bike is going to be 26".

    Same I have a 29er and 26 :) Next bike will be 26.
  • 10-25-2012
    Sandrenseren
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    BTW, on a serious note, I hear plenty of guys that have 26" bikes out on the trails say their next bike will be a 29er but I have never heard a guy on a 29er say he wants a 26er.
    I wonder why that is?:thumbsup:

    Because the hype currently says you have to have a 29" or even better a 650b to be cool so it would show signs of individual thought to publicly wish for a 26" and that's just too scary for most.

    By the way, as long as 29" bikes generally costs 10-15% more than their similarly spec'ed 26" counterparts, I'd say 26" are more fun as they allow for more after ride brew.
  • 10-25-2012
    monzie
    It ain't the size that counts, *******--it's what you do with it.
  • 10-25-2012
    Millfox
    Its not the size its the technique that makes it good... well thats what my sister is telling me.
  • 10-25-2012
    Bird
    29" wheels allowed me to return to my first love....Hardtail:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    lpranger467
    29-26
    After Outerbike I will never own a 29 again, I rode a dozen high end bikes and kept going back to 26's. Its the only bike that made me laugh out loud while riding..Now I will say that the 29 would have worked better on some of the rocky trails where the 26 beat me up,,but I would still go 26 hands down.. My only issue with 26 is that HT's seem to have a much shorter wheelbase than FS so if you want stability you have to pay more and get a FS
  • 10-25-2012
    FullyTorque
    My girlfriend says my 9 is just too big for her. She's more comfortable with a 6.
  • 10-25-2012
    arkon11
    I've ridden a few 29'ers, but I'll never purchase one. Maybe if I become a lycra wearing tryhard, but until then... no.
  • 10-25-2012
    snowdrifter
    26" bikes for sale
  • 10-25-2012
    Rev Bubba
    I'm happy with my 26"
    My 26" custom steel hardtail is all I need. Sometimes I ride my 26" FS but the only thing that holds me back is my ability and age, not my wheel size.

    Never use your equipment as an excuse amigo.

    Buy what you want but don't expect miracles just because you buy the latest and greatest. A crappy rider will still be a crappy regardless of what they bring to the trail and a great rider will still put us to shame no matter what they ride.
  • 10-25-2012
    Tone's
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Millfox View Post
    Its not the size its the technique that makes it good... well thats what my sister is telling me.

    Its always good to have a sister to get some early practice in with,:skep: i did and now im married to her with 3 kids, the kids have a few inbred traits and deformities, but they will get over it....:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    53119
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Its always good to have a sister to get some early practice in with,:skep: i did and now im married to her with 3 kids, the kids have a few inbred traits and deformities, but they will get over it....:thumbsup:

    forest full of family trees with no branches makes for amusing trails, tone! sounds like a 26er would be better for that no question.

    to the op - bike industry is fickle. first (26) less is more then(29) more is too much so now (650b) we're at a little less than too much. i like 26. i like the suspension to be the variable.
  • 10-25-2012
    TrailNut
    I really enjoy riding my old crusty cro-molly butted steel hardtail, with numerous dings and dents, from the last Century that has had rear disc boss welded/brazed on and have all components replaced multiple times (still on the 2nd headset, a King).

    if this bike got stolen, i'd build up another steel 26er HT and gladly spend the $3~$4K to do so.

    I'm not curious about 29er....unless Mark Wier or other Downieville DH racers start winning on 29ers. I want wheelsets that are light yet strong enough for jumps -- so yes: wheel size , selection, and strength does matter somewhat. Even on a 26er HT I damage rear wheels and get pinch flats if not using tubeless. My guess is that many 29er are not riding the rough rocky descends, but I really do not know.

    I am curious about a real light (steel or ti') cyclo-cross road bike to "taste" some cross races.
  • 10-25-2012
    FX4
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Why is it that the guys that believe size doesn't matter always have smaller ones?:skep:

    BTW, on a serious note, I hear plenty of guys that have 26" bikes out on the trails say their next bike will be a 29er but I have never heard a guy on a 29er say he wants a 26er.
    I wonder why that is?:thumbsup:

    That's not true. I bought a 29er first, didn't particularly care for it. Turned around and bought a 26. I still have both, the 26 gets ridden 90% of the time. I just enjoy riding it more.
  • 10-25-2012
    crux
    I enjoy riding the 29er at 6'2" I think the bike just fits better. Then again perhaps I'm over compensating for other areas in my life.