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    do you remember when you first heard about 29ers?

    ghey question I know but.....

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    back when willits i think it was had them at interbike. i think dirt rag reviewed it that year as well. probably 99 or 00. i thought they were silly.

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    A number of years ago in Flagstaff...one of their shops (Absolute?) had a Willits rigid 29er, not only was it cool the thing made sense in a tall guy kinda way...

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    I read about them in either the mountain bike magazine or in the old BIKE magazine. They had a Willits 29er with the manitou fork. I laughed and thought it was ridiculous that someone would want to ride road wheels offroad with their tires touching their toes and a poorly performing Manitou 29er. The review said it was weird and their tires touched their toes but WTB had made the nanoraptor and it was gonna catch on.

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    forget the year but I remember wanting a Diamondback Overdrive and/or Bianchi Project 8?
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    green kelly

    i saw a buddy on a light green kelly 29er. it was the first rigid fork i'd seen in years. i was stunned.

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    I do. It was on this very site. My first 29er was an On One Inbred, which was all the rage at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    back when willits i think it was had them at interbike. i think dirt rag reviewed it that year as well. probably 99 or 00. i thought they were silly.
    Yeah, the Dirt Rag article was pretty much a stand out memory for me. Willits, Vicious Cycles, and Moots I think were the three that were featured in that one.

    I know the concept of 700c goes way back for off roading, but for the "modern era" (read post Nanoraptor) you could not have heard of a "29"er" before 1999. Heck, Wes Williams was the guy who coined the term in the first place, and he didn't come up with that until after the Nano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    forget the year but I remember wanting a Diamondback Overdrive and/or Bianchi Project 8?
    If you count the Diamondback, I guess I heard about them in 1993 when a guy at a shop talked me out of buying an Overdrive. I ended up buying a 26er at a different shop.
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    Let me think back.... I guess it was about 6 weeks ago! 3 weeks later, I'm rockin' a new Redline Monocog.

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    THE DirtRag article. 2000

    Then Whoopicat's Spot on the SS forum. 03/04?

    Then my friend got one. 05
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    What's a 29er?

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    I think 99....A buddy was racing the Pro-Xterra circuit and Fisher had him on a 29er. He was poo-poo ing it forever and hated it. In fact, the next year, I sold Fishers at the store I owned at the time and he traded me some Gucci parts for a Pro-Calibre frame I had. He hated the 29er that much. It wasn't until 2005 that I had actually put any serious miles on one, and have been full on since 2006. We 29er riding are VERY few here on Vancouver Island, especially outside Victoria.

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    haha! i remember joining some weird euro dude's 29er website(cloxxki), only other guy there was some guitar playing guy named ted... i tested one of the first fishers, then happened to live about 5 miles down the road from a guy named Walt... crazy to realize that i went custom 29er rigid, to stock rigid, to ss, to full sus, to stock hardtail before some of my friends even tried a 29er....
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    The first time I heard of them was the first time I saw them, in a race at the Chihuahuan Desert Challenge, Lajitas, Texas (now named Mas-O-Menos) in the Big Bend Desert around 2001 or 2002. It was a Willets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwills
    i saw a buddy on a light green kelly 29er. it was the first rigid fork i'd seen in years. i was stunned.

    I still have a orange Kelly Ro Sham Bo 29'er with a rigid fork all pimped out.

    -Pauls hubs, XTR crank with a Jericho chainring, Avid BB7's and Avid Ultimate levers, White Industries freewheel, Thomson stem and seatpost and Easton carbon bars, King headset, WTB rims. It is sweet.

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    Salida, CO

    In Salida, CO when I saw my friend's new McLung (#5). Not too long after that a few other SS 29ers schooled me on some "primitive singletrack" and I saw what a rigid SS 29er could do... I don't remember when it was - '03 maybe?

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    I was fascinated by the stories of the first Willits bikes people had seen at Interbike 99/2000. I was curious to find out the pros and cons of bigwheeledbikes. I remember guys from WTB talking about these wheels too around that time. In 2003 I was lucky to find a used but really good Willits singlespeed. It is still one of my bikes I ride the most. On my computer I found these pictures of Willits at Interbike. Since it doesn't show the tire it should be one/two years later. Would be cool to find pictures of this first Interbike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AM Octopus
    I still have a orange Kelly Ro Sham Bo 29'er with a rigid fork all pimped out.

    -Pauls hubs, XTR crank with a Jericho chainring, Avid BB7's and Avid Ultimate levers, White Industries freewheel, Thomson stem and seatpost and Easton carbon bars, King headset, WTB rims. It is sweet.
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    Somewhere at a local SoCal bike store (Oside Supergo maybe ?) in 98 or 99, Fisher was evangelizing/demoing a bunch of 29er bikes, I seem to remember Gary was there may have even told him he was nuts. Didn't bother to try one, looked too big and the frames might have been, flash in the pan idea I tells ya. Got a GT Peace in Feb of 09, man that crow tasted good, .

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    quirky eccentrics trying to be different. It would never last in my opinion. Just like front suspension and full suspension. I first heard about 29ers only about 5 to 6 years ago. A friend told me about them and before I ponied up for a custom frame I decided to test ride one. I loved it immediately in the parking lot before I hit the trail head.

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    Was working at a distributor in 97 when Wes Williams would call up and order odd stuff. I asked and got an ear full about 28"ers. Met him in CB a few years later and he remembered talking to me. Let me ride his Rholoff equipped townie. Pretty cool. Shortly after that ride, I ordered my Hunter. This was 2k or so.

    Prior to that, in 94 or so, I was working in Moab for Western Spirit Tours. The choad that owned the place then had a Willits 28"er. Well, I guess it'd be considered a monster cross now because it had drop bars. Anyways, he proceeded to literally smoke my ass on this weird big wheeled bike. It was interesting, but I put it out of mind cause I was on a Bontrager then, and nothing was better than it.
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    Yep, it was Cloxxki standing in front of me with his huge Surly explaining how superior it was to anything on two wheels. It put me off of the idea of riding one for at least 5 years .

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    Standing in the Path Bike Shop sometime in 2002 listening to manager Karl trying to convince me that my size might be a great match for this *shocking* 700c wheel. That discussion led to this sometime in 2003:
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    Found out right here

    I ran into this 29er forum while I was considering a new bike. I remember being attracted to 29ers by all the informative, supportive and passionate grassroots activity which was like rediscovering mountain biking a second time.

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    Wink '02 for me

    I remember it clearly GF had just shown us the Supercal and the Mt Tam, I was hooked, as a not very technically proficient rider the whole idea made snece to me. Tried it out at the Australian SS champs in '03 but running a converted hybrid with the fatest tyre i could get or even fit, 700x45 I think, and loved it.

    The was fortunate to get the 1st 29 inbred to land in Oz from the then agent in '05 and 4 bikes latter about to get my 5th niner.
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    Back in the early-mid 90's (93 - 94?) we were in CB for a week. A friend of mine's daugher was dating Wes at the time. He was on one of his 700c wheeled townies and telling us how he was riding it off-road and that it jammed really well on the trails unless it was really rocky. I remember being really skeptical, but thought it might be really fast on a smooth trail, having raced on my MTB against guys on 'cross bikes in cyclocross race a few years earlier... And those guys flew on anything that wasn't really rough... I think it was about 10 years later that I first rode a 29" wheel bike in the dirt - it felt pretty good, but I had just gotten a 5-1/4" travel FS 26" wheel bike, and I was so totally into it. A few years later I got my first SS with 29" wheels and that has pretty much been it for me. All I ride in the dirt anymore.
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    One year ago, from this site. Based on reviews and reading too many threads, I went with a 2009 Paragon. That was after I emailed Fisher in regards to the notoriuos frame breakage on the 2007 and 2008 models. Glad I got it. Me - Paragon, son - Cobia, wife - E-Caliber. All 2009 models and all golden.

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    2002, talking to Carl at The Path while buy my Norco Fluid, saying something like Gary is nuts! Now, 7 29ers later, I do not own a 26" bike. Who knew?

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    It was 2001 when I saw that Gary Fisher had mountain bikes with 29" wheels.
    And I was like yeah right! No one makes parts for these bikes, screw that!

    At the time, the movement was single speeds.

    And I had just bought my Cannondale Raven :-0
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    Back in the winter of 2000, my boss traded an old Moots full suspension bike to Mikesee for a Willits New Sheriff. I thought to myself, What the hell are you thinking. I was on a 29er right after Interbike 2001.

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