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    Does size really matter?

    Anybody out there still think that 26" wheels are still the way to go for just plain fun?

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    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.

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    They're all fun when you ride them...we're talking about bikes here right?!...

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    INB4 29ers vs 26ers debate.

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    Why is it that the guys that believe size doesn't matter always have smaller ones?

    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?

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    Maybe you need to ask this question in the womens section of the forum....cheers
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    I have a 29er and I think my next bike is going to be 26".

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

    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?
    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
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    duplicate post.
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    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.

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    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?
    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.

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    It ain't the size that counts, *******--it's what you do with it.
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    Its not the size its the technique that makes it good... well thats what my sister is telling me.

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    29" wheels allowed me to return to my first love....Hardtail

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    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

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    My girlfriend says my 9 is just too big for her. She's more comfortable with a 6.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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, 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....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Its always good to have a sister to get some early practice in with, 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....
    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.

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

    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?
    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.

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    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.

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    Size doesn't matter; color does!

    I've got bikes with 26" and 29" wheels. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I now shop for bikes with two criteria (in order of importance):

    • How's the fit?
    • Do you love the color?

    Back to basics again I guess.

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    I had some good ol' fashion plain fun on my 26" wheels last Saturday. So I'm still on board.

    Related question -- does anyone here think that the difference between 26 and 29 might have been blown out of proportion somewhat? Like maybe the difference isn't THAT big? I mean, I've taken a couple laps on a 29'er (a good one, too -- a brand new '12 carbon Tallboy). It wasn't the most technical or intense terrain ever, but I put 3 or 4 miles on it, including a couple climbs, descents, and a couple quick rock gardens. Of course, the Enduro and the Tallboy are quite different bikes altogether, so it was hard to tell what was due to the wheels vs. all other aspects of the bike. But IMHO, the difference was more like vanilla vs vanilla bean ice cream, as opposed to vanilla vs chocolate like people try to make it out to be.

    Of course, there are those on MTBR that make a tubeless conversion seem like a huge change performance-wise. Where, for me, I couldn't hardly you the difference when I went from tubes to tubeless back to tube on the rear after I ripped up a sidewall. So maybe I just have an undistinguished pallet!
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    I guess my assessment is its easier to cover ground fast on the 29er. Acceleration seems slower. Not as much fun in the techy stuff. The 26" bike is more responsive, handles the techy stuff better but will not clean as large of objects as well as the 29er. When I go XC riding with a friend I grab the 29er, when I go mountain biking I grab the 26er. It's just more fun to ride. I guess when push comes to shove I really don't care for the wagon wheels all that much. I suppose if you are racing they are an advantage for most guys.

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    I still can't figure out why one would care what others thought of their wheel size choice. All that matter is that you like what you ride.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FujNoob View Post
    I still can't figure out why one would care what others thought of their wheel size choice. All that matter is that you like what you ride.
    I wonder about that too. It's what you like that matters. Not anybody else.

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    I have an old Trek 820 that is a blast to ride. Probably won't sell it, no reason to give it away for what someone would pay for it today.

    But, I am totally sold on 29'ers, and just love long rides on my Carve in the country, roads, trails, whatever, the bike is just plain stupid fun!

    Very unlikely I'd go back to 26" anytime soon, too many 29'ers to buy first....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    My guess is that many 29er are not riding the rough rocky descends, but I really do not know.
    Yes - you really do not know.

    I've ridden my 29ers at Northstar (lift served DH) and anywhere you can ride smaller wheels. The only real problem is that there is still a lack of heavy duty tires and longer travel forks for 29ers if you want to do downhill or freeride. Currently there is no problem at all with 29ers as all mountain or trail bikes - there are plenty of bikes in that category and plenty of us ripping it up on the most gnarly rocky downhills out there. If anything, that is where big wheels shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FujNoob View Post
    I still can't figure out why one would care what others thought of their wheel size choice. All that matter is that you like what you ride.
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    Here is an interesting article asking some of the top designers in the mtb industry about wheel size and their plans for the future.

    The Future of 27.5 and 650b Mountain Bike Wheels | Bicycling Magazine

    Particularly interesting what Dave Turner says about 27.5 eventually killing off the 26" wheel (see page 3).
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    ... and if we just ...

    I sold my Epic 29r in favor of my Blur LT... Not that the 29r is a bad bike/ride ,but just not for me. The 650 appeals to me more, specially for the type of trails I ride. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Its always good to have a sister to get some early practice in with, 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....
    Oh lol It didn't occurred to me that someone might of take it THAT way... Um... we were more like talking about it when I was going for my... I wanted to know what she thought she had more experience... I mean not too much experience... eh.. DONT JUDGE ME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    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
    I am sure plenty do, I am just saying that I have not heard anyone say they would rather have a 26er.

    I have heard a few people say they want 650b.....but they were all on 26ers also.

    I know it all comes down to riding preference.
    That being said, buy what feels good to you and don't let anyone tell you what you should ride.

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    What really matters is having too large a package on the saddle on large rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman View Post
    What really matters is having too large a package on the saddle on large rides!
    Good thing you don't have to worry about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayzer View Post
    Anybody out there still think that 26" wheels are still the way to go for just plain fun?
    29er bikes are defiantly the race choice but if you are a aggressive style rider then 26er is the way to go. 26er bikes are just plain easyer to handle and can be a lot more durable in all mountain bikes.

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    Having ridden both, I prefer 26". I feel like they're more playful, and I'm not a big guy 5'7" 175, so 29" feels too big for my liking...

    So for me 26" all day. my commuter is a 26" as well and I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blister Butt View Post
    I've got bikes with 26" and 29" wheels. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I now shop for bikes with two criteria (in order of importance):

    • How's the fit?
    • Do you love the color?

    Back to basics again I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    go ride A bike...
    This!! I'm on a 48hr shift and can't ride....

    Can't wait to get home and ride.
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    You say potato, I say tomato.. Wait.. Just go f-ing ride and have fun!

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    I have two 29er's that I love just about equally. (rigid ss, and 1x9 ht) My next bike will likely be 26fs.

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    I'm a big guy (200 lbs, 6'2") and own both a 26" HT and a 29" HT rigid. They're definitely different beasts but both are fun as hell. Honestly, I'm keeping my 29er SS rigid because I don't think the geometry would be as fun to chuck around than my 26er.
    It's kinda funny to see how many 29ers I see at the trail. I feel old-school sometimes when I ride my brand new On-one 456Evo.

    I just ordered a 26er fatbike.

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    My next bike will be...

    A bike.

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    Love my Satori but on race day I go with my Turner Flux....I am just old I guess...Both bikes are fun and have a place to shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    I had some good ol' fashion plain fun on my 26" wheels last Saturday. So I'm still on board.

    Related question -- does anyone here think that the difference between 26 and 29 might have been blown out of proportion somewhat? Like maybe the difference isn't THAT big? I mean, I've taken a couple laps on a 29'er (a good one, too -- a brand new '12 carbon Tallboy). It wasn't the most technical or intense terrain ever, but I put 3 or 4 miles on it, including a couple climbs, descents, and a couple quick rock gardens. Of course, the Enduro and the Tallboy are quite different bikes altogether, so it was hard to tell what was due to the wheels vs. all other aspects of the bike. But IMHO, the difference was more like vanilla vs vanilla bean ice cream, as opposed to vanilla vs chocolate like people try to make it out to be.

    Of course, there are those on MTBR that make a tubeless conversion seem like a huge change performance-wise. Where, for me, I couldn't hardly you the difference when I went from tubes to tubeless back to tube on the rear after I ripped up a sidewall. So maybe I just have an undistinguished pallet!
    AMEN! I own both and feel the same way.

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