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    29ers are Better than 26ers?

    Just wondering what opinions are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Just wondering what opinions are.

    This is very suspicious to find in the 29er forum...

    We all like our 29ers very much.

    It used to be the case that 29ers fell in a niche.

    Now it's the 29ers that cover the spectrum and the 26ers fall in a niche.

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    Just ride what makes you happy. This subject is pretty played out.

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    Eight years and 3,000 posts into the forum, and NOW you want to start a 29er vs 26er thread?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    This is very suspicious to find in the 29er forum...

    We all like our 29ers very much.

    It used to be the case that 29ers fell in a niche.

    Now it's the 29ers that cover the spectrum and the 26ers fall in a niche.

    -F
    Oh, c'mon, don't lie. We all HATE our 29ers. We have to spend so much time riding them just to "make sure" they're better that it's a hassle.

    And the smiles we have when we get done riding are because we're finally through riding these awful machines.

    To the OP: Really? You come into the 29er forum and ask if we like them better than 26ers?? What do you really expect to get for answers?

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    So... Would you all say, that the 29er technology gives you an advantage?
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    Evolution of the species......most of us came from 26ers.....now its 29ers...some will go back, others won't.....all must decide for themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Just wondering what opinions are.
    they are in the same way Coke is better then Pepsi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Just wondering what opinions are.
    YES now move on

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    Here's a reply coming from a 26er rider who has spent a little time testing a 29er.

    First off, if you are buying your first mtn bike, definately buy a 29er because that is what the industry is concentrating on these days and for years to come.

    IMO, the 29er is better at getting you from place to place. It's a simple mathematical formula...larger diameter wheels are gonna travel farther with the same amount of effort than smaller diameter wheels.

    It's the way it goes over terrain that bugs me a little. The big wheels may eat up the terrain changes going downhill, but going uphill, the big wheels react more slowly than small wheels (26ers). That had me shiffting into a comfortable gear, endlessly on a long climb with bumpy terrain. It drove me batty!

    HOWEVER, I am giving in, officially. I love to climb and I have been beaten uphill recently by two friends that ride 29ers. Dare I say that I believe I could beat them if they were on 26ers. Therefore, my next build will be a 29er HT! Looking at about 2-3 years down the road...if I can wait that long, LOL!

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    I can't commit either way, so I'm getting a 27.5er.

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    Interesting answers...
    For such a simple question...

    Most of the answers evasiveness, can only be matched by the local drug dealers in my local park, when talking to the Po-Po.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbogrover View Post
    I can't commit either way, so I'm getting a 27.5er.
    Me too, I just took a different route.
    I'm running high sidewall single ply 2.5 Minions.
    They come out to about the same diameter and weight.
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    The question might be : how many 29er DH bike exist ? Because if 29er rolls better and faster, then why not use them to the max ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend View Post
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    The Strengths 29er Mountain Bikes

    From my experience about Strengths 29er Mountain Bikes

    -29er mountain bikes are more stable and less likely to waver from your riding line.

    -With larger wheels, you are able to ride at higher overall speeds, have increased momentum, and feel more stable at higher speeds.

    -Longer contact area of tire helps with cornering at higher speeds.

    -While climbing steep hills, the front wheel is less likely to lift, which provides better traction.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOPger View Post
    From my experience about Strengths 29er Mountain Bikes

    -29er mountain bikes are more stable and less likely to waver from your riding line.

    -With larger wheels, you are able to ride at higher overall speeds, have increased momentum, and feel more stable at higher speeds.

    -Longer contact area of tire helps with cornering at higher speeds.

    -While climbing steep hills, the front wheel is less likely to lift, which provides better traction.

    Don't those kinds of advantages make it kind of like shuttling to the top?
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    I ride both. I just took out my ASR7 on a night ride and had a nice crash hitting some rocks in a creek crossing. I bet I wouldn't have crashed there if I took the same line on my 29er! In fact, I always hit that line on my 29er, but I guess I simply got lazy since the 29er lets me plow through without much need for proper positioning and skill. Still was fun, since I have awesome tires for cornering and it's especially fun hitting the jumps, since they give me so much more air than the 29er. That's probably the biggest downside to my 29er, feeling gimped on jumps. That and tire selection has only recently expanded and they're all more expensive (fewer deals on decent tires). Also, the long travel 29er market isn't really getting any attention from bike companies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    I ride both. I just took out my ASR7 on a night ride and had a nice crash hitting some rocks in a creek crossing. I bet I wouldn't have crashed there if I took the same line on my 29er! In fact, I always hit that line on my 29er, but I guess I simply got lazy since the 29er lets me plow through without much need for proper positioning and skill. Still was fun, since I have awesome tires for cornering and it's especially fun hitting the jumps, since they give me so much more air than the 29er. That's probably the biggest downside to my 29er, feeling gimped on jumps. That and tire selection has only recently expanded and they're all more expensive (fewer deals on decent tires). Also, the long travel 29er market isn't really getting any attention from bike companies.
    However, I still have confidence in the 29er Mountain Bike, although still not as popular in the mass market and the price might be costly. But it is also a Niches market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbogrover View Post
    I can't commit either way, so I'm getting a 27.5er.
    LOL was curious about the 650b's too lol Came from a 26er and now I have a 29er but am I 100% satified? Most often yes but sometimes miss the nimbleness of sprinting off the line with a 26er. Can a 650b be the best of both worlds? lol sorry to Troll just was wondering if any of you 29ers ever tested a 650b (27.5)?

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    Better, no. Different, yes. Best to have as many as possible of both.

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    "It's a simple mathematical formula...larger diameter wheels are gonna travel farther with the same amount of effort than smaller diameter wheels."

    Really?? : )

    OK, with apologies for adding to a done-to-death debate -

    Choice is a good thing, some like bigger wheels better. I found 1 particular 29er I prefer for my local trails, but generally it depends where I'm riding, or if it's rigid or suspended, SS or geared, etc. So there's much more to it than wheel size alone, although it's an easy debate to stir up and a simple q for a mag to ask to write column inches on.There's no answer to any of this though.
    But there is a great feeling in finding the bike that matches your riding best and 29" wheels have enabled many riders to tune their ride a bit more - that's the best thing about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Just wondering what opinions are.
    Yes, 29ers are better, however, the more important question is: how many of you guys and gals like to smoke a little pot on the trails?....while listening to your headphones.

    By the way who's everyone voting for in the next election?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy03 View Post
    Yes, 29ers are better, however, the more important question is: how many of you guys and gals like to smoke a little pot on the trails?....while listening to your headphones.

    By the way who's everyone voting for in the next election?
    Clearly you'll be voting for the candidate who is in favor of legalizing mary-jane.

    Me, the next time I vote is when there is a box to check on the ballot for outlawing capitalism and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Me, the next time I vote is when there is a box to check on the ballot for outlawing capitalism and money.
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    I'll decide who I'm voting for based on the candidates stance on 26 vs 29 inch wheels on mountain bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xizang11 View Post
    I'll decide who I'm voting for based on the candidates stance on 26 vs 29 inch wheels on mountain bikes.
    I love this!!!

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    So... Anyone know a good 650b seatpost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    So... Anyone know a good 650b seatpost?
    What about the pedals ?
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    I've heard a 29er seatpost will work on a 650b, but you have to use an adapter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    I've heard a 29er seatpost will work on a 650b, but you have to use an adapter?
    I think ProblemSolver make those. Check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    I think ProblemSolver make those. Check them out.
    Damn, I should have thought of that myself. They make solutions to problems a person didn't even know they had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    What about the pedals ?
    Good question.
    I think 29er pedals will do, at least temporarily. I know they thread into a 650b crankset.

    29er grips thankfully have already been addressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Good question.
    I think 29er pedals will do, at least temporarily. I know they thread into a 650b crankset.

    29er grips thankfully have already been addressed.
    I though 650b crankset used proprietary BB's ?

    But gotta be careful when fitting 29er grips on a 26er, since they are wider. You might have to shorten them, otherwise you might get sore feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    I though 650b crankset used proprietary BB's ?

    But gotta be careful when fitting 29er grips on a 26er, since they are wider. You might have to shorten them, otherwise you might get sore feet.

    David
    No 650b cranksets are almost identical to a 26er crank, including the BB's.
    Thankfully most crankset manufacturers are standardizing at BB 30.

    29er grips are indeed longer... but I don't think they will give you sore feet.

    Some 29er riders with small feet are using 26er pedals...
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