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    New question here. 26" vs. 29" ????

    Long time, first time everyone. I'm looking for a new ride, I'm 6'2", 250 and I need some advice. My question is in regard to not so much the difference between the two, but what my fellow Clydes are riding. I've been over to the 29er page the last couple of days, but I'm wondering how many big guys are actually riding them. I'd love to see some pictures if you have them as well. Thanks a ton boys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downhillin
    Long time, first time everyone. I'm looking for a new ride, I'm 6'2", 250 and I need some advice. My question is in regard to not so much the difference between the two, but what my fellow Clydes are riding. I've been over to the 29er page the last couple of days, but I'm wondering how many big guys are actually riding them. I'd love to see some pictures if you have them as well. Thanks a ton boys.
    Here's a review of one that hints at the differences between 26" and 29":

    http://www.63xc.com/ronmof/buzz.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downhillin
    Long time, first time everyone. I'm looking for a new ride, I'm 6'2", 250 and I need some advice. My question is in regard to not so much the difference between the two, but what my fellow Clydes are riding. I've been over to the 29er page the last couple of days, but I'm wondering how many big guys are actually riding them. I'd love to see some pictures if you have them as well. Thanks a ton boys.
    Here's a link to the 29"er photo gallary. It used to be a sticky. If you don't have broad band, go eat dinner after clicking.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ighlight=Photo

    If you do a search for rider height or weight on the 29"er board, you'll find a large number of clydes over 6'. In fact, the number of tall riders on 29"ers is extremely disproportional to the total ride population in general.

    The wheel flex mentioned in the link posted by Gary is probably due to low spoke count or poor build quality. It certainly isn't a common problem.

    BTW, I'm 6'4 and weigh about 230 with my gear on and have now sold all my 26" bikes, the last on being a Ventana Salty...

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    You're gay but that's okay!

    First of all... I figure you are gay... not that there is anything wrong with it. ;-)

    But to answer your question, I am 6'5" and 230 (no gear). I find that I am much more comfortable on a 29er especially over the long haul. (60 - 100 miles)

    If you are interested in flat out speed and race expert XC then stick wtih 26" wheels. If you just love to ride and ride all day then a 29er is good bet to give you a more comfortable and controlled ride. If nothing else at least you won't look so gay on such a little bike. ;-)

    OK.. now if you really are gay.. and like I said.. it's not a problem... riding a 29er can be attractive in it's own "big boy" sort of way. I guess.

    Whatever turns your crank, man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloWithOthers
    First of all... I figure you are gay... not that there is anything wrong with it. ;-)

    But to answer your question, I am 6'5" and 230 (no gear). I find that I am much more comfortable on a 29er especially over the long haul. (60 - 100 miles)

    If you are interested in flat out speed and race expert XC then stick wtih 26" wheels. If you just love to ride and ride all day then a 29er is good bet to give you a more comfortable and controlled ride. If nothing else at least you won't look so gay on such a little bike. ;-)

    OK.. now if you really are gay.. and like I said.. it's not a problem... riding a 29er can be attractive in it's own "big boy" sort of way. I guess.

    Whatever turns your crank, man!



    Ride on!

    First off, no I'm not gay, and while I could easily throw in a come back that would insult you (SoloWithOthers??) or your mother, I will do neither. But I will thank you for showing me the light in my post, after re-reading it, it does sound slightly h0mo-sexual in tone. And as you mentioned, there is nothing wrong with that. I, in no way meant it to sound blatently gay by any means, again, not that there is anything wrong with that. I was just looking for a little help in trying to find a appropriate bike for my girth. Wait... see there, I did it again. Man these ambiguous words are tough to use... nevermind.

    Thanks for the advice though. Seriously.

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    Monkey business

    Quote Originally Posted by Downhillin
    First off, no I'm not gay, and while I could easily throw in a come back that would insult you (SoloWithOthers??) or your mother, I will do neither. But I will thank you for showing me the light in my post, after re-reading it, it does sound slightly h0mo-sexual in tone. And as you mentioned, there is nothing wrong with that. I, in no way meant it to sound blatently gay by any means, again, not that there is anything wrong with that. I was just looking for a little help in trying to find a appropriate bike for my girth. Wait... see there, I did it again. Man these ambiguous words are tough to use... nevermind.

    Thanks for the advice though. Seriously.
    Well put. (duoh! there I go again.) :-)

    By the way... just exactly what are you doing to that monkey in your avatar?

    Speaking of Monkey's... Try to get a ride on a 22" Karate Monkey.. you will love the handling and "monster truck" feeling in the technical stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloWithOthers
    First of all... I figure you are gay... not that there is anything wrong with it. ;-)
    This isn't quite right, but I'd keep it handy:



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    That was a follow up to This

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    Well, not that you ask...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoloWithOthers
    Well put. (duoh! there I go again.) :-)

    By the way... just exactly what are you doing to that monkey in your avatar?

    Speaking of Monkey's... Try to get a ride on a 22" Karate Monkey.. you will love the handling and "monster truck" feeling in the technical stuff.

    Mike

    Spanking it... what does it look like... wait, nevermind. But yeah, that's what I was trying to figure out as far as new bikes. If I can get my hands on a monkey that'd be great, I'm just trying to find somthing that would work for me, and while only riding 26ers all my life, I'd like somthing else. Not sure if i'd make it a SS or just leave it. We'll see.

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    6'5" 230, I have a ss rigid monkey and a turner 5spot. Both good bikes, as much as I love the turner I think it will be the last little wheel bike for me. 29er just feels more right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    6'5" 230, I have a ss rigid monkey and a turner 5spot. Both good bikes, as much as I love the turner I think it will be the last little wheel bike for me. 29er just feels more right.
    When you get back to Colorado, you can pick up one of these .
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    Yeah that does look like a sweet ride. After owning a few FS bikes I want a horst link on my 29er. If I could talk Turner into making one I would buy it sight unseen. A 4" travel 29er is about perfect for the riding I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downhillin
    Long time, first time everyone. I'm looking for a new ride, I'm 6'2", 250 and I need some advice. My question is in regard to not so much the difference between the two, but what my fellow Clydes are riding.
    This Clyde (although I am now sub 200 pounds) at 6'4" rides a two niner. The wheels and handling just are a natural fit for a Clyde your size.

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