And man did it put me in a pickle.
I've been riding 26" wheel bikes for years. Recently started downsizing the 26" fleet to make room for a new big wheel brother. I've ridden everything from carbon 26ers, DH 26ers, DJ/Park 26ers, all kinds of bikes with the conventional wheel.
None of them rode as good as the two 29ers I rode today.
Camp Mack was great. Lots of varying terrain. I've done work days but never rode there. Rode with a local who really knew the trails and pushed me hard on the demo bikes.
Gary Fisher 2009 Superfly 100 and Superfly (hardtail). I didn't feel unstoppable, but they aren't big hit bikes either. I did however really enjoy climbing for the first time in long while. Especially once I was tired I felt like I could still put the power down, where as I always seem to get hung up on rocks and roots on the smaller wheels.
Riding the Superfly hardtail really made me reconsider what my next bike will be. Not necessarily in that this poor college student is going to run out and buy a Gary Fisher, but more in that now I'm trying to find something to match it's geometry...and that's hard.
Also rode a Trek Scratch. Fun bike, with 6" front and rear, but I've left my downhill freeride stage.
So I know I want a 29" wheel bike...now comes the hard part of building one for less than $600. I've got wheels and components, but the fork and frame are the most expensive part!
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