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    And Yet another 26" 29" test

    The interesting part is they did it maintaining the same output(watts)
    and read the title!
    http://singletrack.competitor.com/ge...dtail-is-dead/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnR1
    The interesting part is they did it maintaining the same output(watts)
    and read the title!
    https://singletrack.competitor.com/g...dtail-is-dead/
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    The obvious missing bike in the evaluation is a full suspension 29" bike. He espouses the virtue of having a 26" squishy in the rough stuff compared to a 29er hardtail. He seems oblivious to the fact he could have a 29er full suspension for the best of both worlds.

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    Interesting article. I'm wondering where the 29er HT vs. 29er FS comparison stories are, or even 26er FS vs. 29er FS.

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    Are there any comparable tests showing the opposite?

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    am i reading that right, did he test the 26ht vs 26fs earlier in the summer, THEN go out and test only the 29ht a few months later and compare the results?? i hope he wouldn't publish the results of something so silly, but that's kind of what it seems like he did...... and it would certainly explain the absurdly huge difference in time/power/hr.

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    From the article: Climbing was limited to 300 watts and flats limited to 250 watts. In reality the closest I could get was to keep the ranges within 25 watts of each side of these set parameters. Downhills were all ridden at zero watts, simply coasting, and we abstained from pedaling out of corners.

    The test course consisted of just under a mile of rolling, lightly technical terrain: A half-mile climb gaining 50 feet in elevation, 1.2 miles of flat, non-technical-but-bumpy doubletrack and a half-mile of twisty, fast-descending singletrack with three moderately technical sections.


    Conclusion: a 29er is definitely better for the casual rider who rides somewhat tame terrain, does not climb much, does not accelerate, coasts a lot and prefers to take it easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    Conclusion: a 29er is definitely better for the casual rider who rides somewhat tame terrain, does not climb much, does not accelerate, coasts a lot and prefers to take it easy.
    Sweet, I'm sold!
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    Downhills were all ridden at zero watts, simply coasting, and we abstained from pedaling out of corners.
    Quicker acceleration is one of the key advantages of the 26er. The lighter weight and lower rotation mass of the wheels benefits the 26er. This basically negates the 26er's advantage in acceleration and in tight corners.

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    Welcome to 2001.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    Quicker acceleration is one of the key advantages of the 26er. The lighter weight and lower rotation mass of the wheels benefits the 26er. This basically negates the 26er's advantage in acceleration and in tight corners.

    just as not pedalling on the downhills negates one of the 29ers advantages. that test is garbage, especially if he did what i think he did.

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