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    27.5 or 29 for trails

    Which size do you prefer for trails like:

    Nox
    Mount Penn
    Marsh Creek
    French Creek
    Wiss
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    Um, a 26" 4.8" fatbike tire, thankyouverymuch.

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    Nox == doesn't matter(its flat)
    Mount Penn (never been there)
    Marsh Creek == doesn't matter
    French Creek == haven't ridden
    Wiss = I ride both a HD3(27.5) and a Ripley LS(29er). 29er helps a little for rock gardens, however the ripley ls has a very low bottom bracket, so its tough to monster truck and do seated climbing over steep rocks. It does have pedal strikes. It easy to bunny hop and throw you weight around though. It requires a different technique than my old 2013 stumpjumper.

    On the stumpjumper I know there where some rocky climbing sections at Wiss where I just stayed seated climbing, where I pedal strike with the ripley.

    With that said I did take the ripley to Jungle habitat and sourland which have huge boulders to traverse. It think it excelled there. Instead of monster trucking its more nibble acts of hucking, preserving speed, and standing climbing.

    So its not as simple as just wheel size. Some models blur stereotypes. Ripley ls 29er is easy to throw around, hop, jump, decent, and corner. Its not a bad climber, but its not a great monster truck. The HD3 doesn't have a high bb, but is higher than the ripley so it has less pedal strikes. It has more suspension travel. Somehow with the the geo/weight and how it fits me, I can bunny hop higher on the ripley than any bike I've had.

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    the more important questions you should be asking: how tall are you? what's your riding style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonkranked View Post
    the more important questions you should be asking: how tall are you? what's your riding style?
    Just shy of 5' 10" shortish leg. Wants to try bigger and taller jumps and drops(probably nothing big to others standard) Probably classic example of love to do things don't mean you are good at it.

    But this is more of general question to everyone who goes to mentioned trails.
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    26 x 4.0/4.8 Fat which is 28.75 to 30.05" all year, everywhere!

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    you should try both...

    it really depends on whether you like a more flickable or more stable bike... Ands even then the bike also plays a large pert not just wheelsize.

    for example i feel my new 29+ is more nimble than either of my past 29ers because it has a more modern geometry with a super short chainstays.

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    I ride a 27.5 at wiss and i love it, however i have never ridden a 29er so i know no different.

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    I've ridden many types of bikes through the years, and demoed a few 27.5 and 27.5+ bikes, but that's like test driving a new car, you don't really get a chance to settle in with it and develop a preference. I've never actually owned anything other than a 29er though, so I just go out and ride everything and it works great for me.

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    Just went to 27.5 full squish after riding the same 26 hardtail for 15 years. Feels like cheating! Ride mostly Wiss, Belmont, WC, French Creek, Nox, Alllegrippis in PA with warmer season visits to VT (Kingdom Trails) and ME (Bond Brook only so far). I've ridden a 29r a few times but like the handling of the 27.5 in techy terrain and tight single track.

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    Nox - 29" SS
    Mount Penn - 27.5 squish
    Marsh Creek - 29" SS
    French Creek - 29" squish
    Wiss - 29" squish

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    Nox - 29" SS
    Mount Penn - 27.5 squish
    Marsh Creek - 29" SS
    French Creek - 29" squish
    Wiss - 29" squish
    With regard to Nox/Marsh Creek. The terrain is pretty tame, I don't think their is any significant rock garden or anything that a 29er would give a roll over advantage.

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    Personal preference - I will ride a 29 anywhere i can over a 27.5. Faster rolling, bigger contact patch yada yada yada

    Here's some reading incase someone is bored

    Are 27.5+ wheels and tyres better than 29ers? - BikeRadar USA
    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/learn/27-5-vs-29

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA View Post
    26 x 4.0/4.8 Fat which is 28.75 to 30.05" all year, everywhere!
    I agree.

    Although 26"x4.8" is a niche size few like and even fewer would ride yearround, I like it.

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    Short travel "fun" bikes work best around here.

    Transition Scout/Smuggler
    Kona Process
    Intense Spider
    Spesh Stumpy/Camber

    I care more about the bike/suspension/setup than the wheel size.
    The cake is a lie.

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