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    What is the future of the 69er?

    I was thinking of getting a Trek 69er the other day. See that they do not carry them anymore. Can you put a 650b wheel on the front. At 5'8" a 29er would be great but just a tad large to push around

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    6 9ers are dead. 29ers or monstercross is where it's at.

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    I guess there is no future at least not in the mainstream market place perhaps.

    I was into the idea at first I just couldn't see myself giving up low end gear ratio not an issue any more. I now run 20/32/44 up front and a 12/36 cassette great low end spinning is how I like to ride.

    I was amazed at how much more traction I got out of the 29r.

    Depending on your riding style and the terrain you are riding in why not go full 29. I am 5'9" and have no problem riding 29 I also know riders who are shorter then you think 5'6" who ride 29 one guys says his lenz is the best bike he has ever ridden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rb1
    I was thinking of getting a Trek 69er the other day. See that they do not carry them anymore. Can you put a 650b wheel on the front. At 5'8" a 29er would be great but just a tad large to push around
    For the umpteenth time... the girls in the fisher team are 5' 2" and 5' 4".

    Weird thing is, Heather thought that 29ers are not for her because she did not feel good on a Small frame, but turns out she needed a Med, so she won the nationals on a superfly. And starting 2010 she will ride the big wheels excusively.

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    Thanks for the insight.

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    My guess is that the future of 69ers holds that they will get their own forum SO YOU CAN POST ABOUT THEM THERE.

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    Maybe there should be a sixty-sixfifty-B'er forum too!

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    My 12 year old 5'2" daughter rides a d440 in a 15.5".

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    29ers and rider height issues do not apply to you. It's a myth from the early years of 29ers.

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    I am still laughing at the spork analogy.

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    And that forum is here http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=135

    I was going to point out that the 29 forum was a poor choice of a place to ask this question as most here seem to be very anti to anything or anyone who hasn't realized the 29 is the future.

    People do post generic questions here but it seems mostly that they ask these questions here because the only opinion they are interested in are those coming from other 29 riders. Clearly the opinion of non 29 riders is of no importance to them.

    Like the poor guy who was just thinking about putting a set of 26" wheels on a 29 frame temporarily just to get a new frame so he could build the wheels latter. Obviously the stupidest idea ever at least if you read the posted replies.

    Trek was the only mainstream company that seemed interested so if they have dropped them I don't see any other company bothering.
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    Moots Gristle 96er.

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    I am 5'5" and I ride a 29er.

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    DH bikes.

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    69ers and 29ers are dead. the only bikes we'll see in the future are 36ers and 26" hardtails.

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    It depends on how much I've been drinking......

    Err wait, is this the right forum?

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    Heh heh heh.... typical MTBR scattering of responses!

    I ride a '69'er and I use a ti spork when backpacking. Funny metaphor but my bike does better than the fork. Personally, I think 69'er will remain in custom and conversion territory: manufacturers don't handle asym bikes and wacky parts lists well.

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    Check out Siren - Song 55.

    A very respectable endurance rider wins on this bike a lot

    Though not cheap, you could get it built they way you want it, and the cost would not be too far different than a good Trek machine.

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    5'8" and ride a 29er. Even my heavy SS is not a problem. Unless you're like 5'8" and weigh 100lbs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rb1
    I was thinking of getting a Trek 69er the other day. See that they do not carry them anymore. Can you put a 650b wheel on the front. At 5'8" a 29er would be great but just a tad large to push around

    They aren't making them anymore and it is speculated that it is due to the Fisher(29")/Trek(26") relationship. The bikes themselves were nice though. Sales probably weren't out of this world either.


    I'm not sure what you are trying to put a 650b wheel on, but if it is a 69'er then, Yes. You can put a 650b front wheel on it, but I wouldn't. If anything I would try to stuff a 650b on the backend of that bike.

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