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    To the Followers of the Big-Wheeled Bike in the sky..

    I take back every bandwagon statement, every arrogant scoff, every jealous giggle I have ever made towards any of you. I have seen the light.

    That light comes in the form of a 2014 Trek X-Caliber 8 that I purchased three days ago. Three days it has taken for me to realize that 29er is just better. Rock gardens turn from frightening pains in my ass (literally) to enjoyable bits of technical awesomeness. Roots and drops are no longer things to weave in between, but instead are the highlights of my rides, giving even the most familiar trails a fourth dimension to explore. That slow awkward steering that I despised from every 29er I test rode 3 years ago is gone. The geometry of the 2014 X-Caliber is more comfortable and gives me a better command over my handling than any 26er I have ever been on.

    So, the purpose of this thread is two-fold. First, it is to share that I am the proud new owner of the above mentioned bike. More importantly, however, it is to thank the 29er riders that backed the idea from the beginning, prompting manufacturers to hone their frame designs and components. The result is simply astounding.

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    Where do you ride?

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    All is forgiven!

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    Amen brother, I did the same thing, I used to think they looked stupid too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    Amen brother, I did the same thing, I used to think they looked stupid too.
    Isn't it funny that now with all of the great geometry in 29er hardtails, the 26ers are the ones that are starting to look awkward and tall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilsanch View Post
    Isn't it funny that now with all of the great geometry in 29er hardtails, the 26ers are the ones that are starting to look awkward and tall?
    I agree, those wickedly angled top tubes look great to me. I spend (a bit too much) time on Ebay and I can spot the 29er's right quick now. Those old, dead level tt's look pretty dated. (and before you bash, I still own my original 1996 Stumpjumper!)

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    Kool aid in abundance here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Kool aid in abundance here.
    Sorry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilsanch View Post
    Sorry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilsanch View Post
    I take back every bandwagon statement, every arrogant scoff, every jealous giggle I have ever made towards any of you. I have seen the light.

    That light comes in the form of a 2014 Trek X-Caliber 8 that I purchased three days ago. Three days it has taken for me to realize that 29er is just better. Rock gardens turn from frightening pains in my ass (literally) to enjoyable bits of technical awesomeness. Roots and drops are no longer things to weave in between, but instead are the highlights of my rides, giving even the most familiar trails a fourth dimension to explore. That slow awkward steering that I despised from every 29er I test rode 3 years ago is gone. The geometry of the 2014 X-Caliber is more comfortable and gives me a better command over my handling than any 26er I have ever been on.

    So, the purpose of this thread is two-fold. First, it is to share that I am the proud new owner of the above mentioned bike. More importantly, however, it is to thank the 29er riders that backed the idea from the beginning, prompting manufacturers to hone their frame designs and components. The result is simply astounding.
    hehe we forgive you brother, welcome to the club!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Kool aid in abundance here.
    Better than drinking the hater-ade
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    Please tell me you didn't get the goofy lime green one?
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    Now I have the song "Wheel in the Sky" stuck in my head.

    Thanks.

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    Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by scatterbrained View Post
    Please tell me you didn't get the goofy lime green one?
    That would be the marginally more expensive 9. Would I have put up with the color to get the drivetrain and fork upgrade? Definitely. But I was already at my budget with the 8, and I will gladly take the Black and White color scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Now I have the song "Wheel in the Sky" stuck in my head.

    Thanks.

    Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
    I don't know where I'll be tomorrow
    Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
    Haha I do what I can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    Keep an eye on that one: he's known to pee in your pool!
    Every forum has one.

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