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    29er for Trail Riding?

    Ok here's my dilemma. I'm in the market for a new bike. I so want to go the 29er route. My only problem is most of my riding is pretty much considered "Trail Riding". I was looking into getting the new Anthem X 29er. I'm just worried I might regret it later because of the style of riding I do. I plan on maybe entering a race here and there nothing crazy. Is a 29er right for me? Or should I just get a 26" trail bike?

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    Pretty sure a 29er can be good for whatever you want it to be :P

    Buy a Pivot Mach 429. I just saw it today, and in my noob 29er world, it's my current favorite FS 29er frame.

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    Uh....

    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoKiD
    Ok here's my dilemma. I'm in the market for a new bike. I so want to go the 29er route. My only problem is most of my riding is pretty much considered "Trail Riding". I was looking into getting the new Anthem X 29er. I'm just worried I might regret it later because of the style of riding I do. I plan on maybe entering a race here and there nothing crazy. Is a 29er right for me? Or should I just get a 26" trail bike?
    ... aren't all mountain bikes for trail riding? I mean, apart from hardcore DH kinda bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... aren't all mountain bikes for trail riding? I mean, apart from hardcore DH kinda bikes.
    Ditto. "Trail riding" is the core of mtbing. Rigid, hardtail, full sussy, singlespeed, geared, 29, 26...go ride the bike.
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    Well, different strokes for different folks, I believe. I own 29ers and 26ers.'Pends on which way the wind blows what Imma get my swerve on on any given day. I guess a brother not like most folks, 'cause most times the SLOWER I ride the better I feel. ...Anybody out there feel me?
    I guess it's all in the blood, yaan.

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    bikesdirect.com has some good deals on hardtail 29ers. Motobecane has a nice deal on a pretty solid looking bike, but there's some other good stuff if you just shop around.
    GET IT DIRTY

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    carl decker just won the donwieville classic on an anthem 29er.

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    No one can tell you what your asking, go demo a FEW 29ers on actual trails not parking lots...youll know

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    29er or 26er, just get the bike that feels right for you. Like the above post, try to demo a few bikes on the trails, preferably ones you're familiar with and you'll dial it in from there. If you want to race the thing, you can always buy a lighter wheelset, cassette, and tires for race days and have a beefier "trail" set for the fun days.

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    Get a SC Tallboy with a FOX 120 Talas RLC and you'll have the best of both world. You can use the 120mm setting for trail riding and the 95mm setting for racing.

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    Any trail I ride on my MTB, I ride on my CX bike.

    Whatever you have, point in that direction and start pedalling.

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    The power of marketing segmentation is amazing.
    Is "trail riding" a new sub-sub category of mountain biking?
    Do roots need to be over 4" high, but drop offs under 2' to qualify?

    I must be getting old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikecito
    The power of marketing segmentation is amazing.
    Is "trail riding" a new sub-sub category of mountain biking?
    Do roots need to be over 4" high, but drop offs under 2' to qualify?

    I must be getting old
    That and you need a moto jersey with a full face helmet and pads.

    OH! And walk your bike up hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Any trail I ride on my MTB, I ride on my CX bike.

    Whatever you have, point in that direction and start pedalling.



    Trail, all-mountain, free-ride, race...whatever. I think it's great the the mountain bike industry is developing so many bikes for different types of riding, but they've convinced an uneducated riding public that you need a specific bike for specific terrain.

    I've been riding this year with a new group people who've opened up my eyes as to what's possible on a bike if you're interested in really sharpening your riding skills. Full squish bikes were holding me back and I've learned and progressed more since going to a 29er HT.

    Ride the bike that fits the best and like Dion said, point and pedal.

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    you should be fine on the Anthem X 29er, just change the tires
    Going to try and bring Trail Tire TV back. go take a look... http://trailtiretv.blogspot.com/

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    New question here.

    Perhaps a Rip9 to rip the trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.a.n.


    Trail, all-mountain, free-ride, race...whatever. I think it's great the the mountain bike industry is developing so many bikes for different types of riding, but they've convinced an uneducated riding public that you need a specific bike for specific terrain.

    I've been riding this year with a new group people who've opened up my eyes as to what's possible on a bike if you're interested in really sharpening your riding skills. Full squish bikes were holding me back and I've learned and progressed more since going to a 29er HT.

    Ride the bike that fits the best and like Dion said, point and pedal.
    Yes, and I love my 2010 Access 9.7 29er:

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1081537_-1___
    Get off the couch and ride! :)

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