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    26x4 vs 29x3 on Surly Pugsley

    Is there any real advantage of a 29 wheel and 3 tire over a 26 wheel and 4 tire? I ask because my current setup is 26x4 on my Surly Pugsley. I have a cheap Fuji Nevada 27.5x 2.6 that I use in the summer but if I sell this bike I might get $350 if I am lucky. I would use the money to buy a set of 29x3 tires if it make sense. I ride my bikes about 13 miles a day on pavement to/from work and on weekends I do singletracks.

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    The answer to this question is very dependent on where you live and what you use your bike for. Everything that can be done on a mountain bike can be done on a 4" tire, but you may enjoy the quicker acceleration on even the same frame with a 29+ wheelset.

    If I were in your shoes and I could only have one bike, I would probably sell them both and buy a Krampus or Karate Monkey. It would give you the 3" tires you want and a geometry change that would be far superior for trails. A bike that was 4 or 5 degrees slacker in the front is going to make a bigger change than any wheelset you can put on a bike with a super steep steering angle.

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    If you don't need float to ride across snow or sand, then 29+ is the best thing you can do to your Pugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    ...A bike that was 4 or 5 degrees slacker in the front is going to make a bigger change than any wheelset you can put on a bike with a super steep steering angle.
    Can you explain why this is an advantage on a rigid fork bike?

    Surely the introduction of more flop will be a hindrance on steep climbs?

    On a bike that does not use uplifts, or used for cross country riding, climbing is what you spend most time doing, so you'd need to be incredibly quicker on the downs to compensate.
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    One of my buddies has a 170mm 9 Zero 7. He bought the bike used with Rolling Darryls and I think HuskerDus. After he finished his first winter on the bike, he asked me to build him a set of 29+ wheels for it. I think it was Velocity Duallys on Hopes and Chupacabras.
    I've never seen that bike fat again and come to think of it, I haven't seen his FS bike again either.
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