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    26 vs 29

    Two bikes both 21.5 lbs both carbon hard tails one is a 26 and one is a 29er.... what is faster for xc racing .. Thanks

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    the one the faster rider is on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher
    the one the faster rider is on.
    Yep the one with the bigger motor

    Seriously that is a loaded question.

    I once said in another forum that I would buy a 29'er when someone started winning national or international XC events on them. That has now happened with the Trek/Gary Fisher team. In fact I would have probably ended up buying one anyway, that just helped to justify the decision. I have now had my Air 9 scandium hardtail for over a year.

    The 26'er and 29'er of the same total build weight would typically be running different component weights to achieve that total build weight. By necessity the 29'er will have to be running some higher spec lighter weight for their size components. This will negate some of the inertia and momentum effects of running a bigger wheel size.

    I think it will then come down to the specifics of the race course and whether it favours the attributes of a bigger wheel that rolls over things and maintains momentum better or whether it favours a smaller faster accelerating wheel and a more nimble/shorter/more flickable bike. Also what bike the rider feels most comfortable on and is best able to maintain a high average speed on.

    There is no definitive answer to your question, although I am sure you will get lots of opinions asking it here. (Did you ask it in a 26'er forum too?)

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    Don't take the bait.

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    I don't race, but I do ride both a 26 and a 29er. Both weigh the same and are set up so closely together that trying to say which is faster is hard to tell, but I can tell you this. The 26er will have better handling in tighter turns and will have quicker acceleration. The 29er will roll over a lot of obstacles and maintain its momentum much more then the 26er would. Now, if I was to race and I had to choose between my 2 bikes, I would go with my 29er.
    If you want a more scientific answer, you can use a gear calculator to compare both bike gear development (rollout)http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/
    I can save you the trouble and just tell you that the 29er will obviously cover more distance over the 26, but I'm not sure what the gear set ups are on the 2 bikes you are looking at.

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    I am not sure why you even ask the quesion. The answer is obviously the 29er.

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    How about: it DEPENDS...

    This is a worthwhile read

    http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/ar...nd-29ers-28684

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    Depends, is the rider drinking Coke or Pepsi?
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    Neither, and both.
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    The search button will give you an answer, or a thousand. Otherwise, let me Google that for you.
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    I hear 24" wheels are even faster than 26". It's obvious they have less mass and spin up faster, what's not to love... kids sure seem to enjoy them.

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    I'm pretty sure it's the Gary Fisher...

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    Which ever one I'm on,cuz I'm f-ing crazy fast.

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    Thanks guys its clear now what one is faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by donny55
    Two bikes both 21.5 lbs both carbon hard tails one is a 26 and one is a 29er.... what is faster for xc racing .. Thanks


    Power to weight ratio, handling skills, genetic gifts, no mechanical failures or flats during the race - and whoever has all of those mixed with the proper training I would like to think will most likely be faster come race day. No matter what the wheel size.

    Out of that list, I at least qualify for no mechanical failures or flats during most of the races I do - and I ride the big wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrostyStruthers
    I am not sure why you even ask the quesion. The answer is obviously the 29er.

    Especially when asked in the 29er forum!!

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    Dirt crit 26 marathon 29. Or, just pick your favorite superstition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozynigma

    I once said in another forum that I would buy a 29'er when someone started winning national or international XC events on them. That has now happened with the Trek/Gary Fisher team. In fact I would have probably ended up buying one anyway, that just helped to justify the decision. I have now had my Air 9 scandium hardtail for over a year.
    Seems like a good way to choose which bike is best for you. Are you competitive on the national/international circuit yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donny55
    Two bikes both 21.5 lbs both carbon hard tails one is a 26 and one is a 29er.... what is faster for xc racing .. Thanks
    depends if it is singlespeed or geared. Wait, what is the advantage of singlespeed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRogers1935
    depends if it is singlespeed or geared. Wait, what is the advantage of singlespeed?

    HEhehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRogers1935
    Seems like a good way to choose which bike is best for you. Are you competitive on the national/international circuit yet?

    MrR
    Of course not, were you born in 1935?

    The timing was coincidental. I was already seriously considering the Air 9 when I found out that 29'ers were now winning races. It made a good light hearted introduction to the thread I started.

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    I guess my first question should have been I have a 21.5 lb 26 bike would I be any faster on the same bike thats a 29 bike or should I just save my money

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    Dear Mr. Sun Myung Moon,

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    Do you really think 29ers will catch on? Seems like a fad.

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