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    26er or 29er

    I was wondering if there is a difference in gearing or speed. Im a short guy so I fit better on a 26er but I really want a ss 29er. I was just wondering if one is harder to pedal versus the other and if there is better speed on a 29er even with the same gearing? Thanks

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    define "short"...

    my wifes 5'8" and rides a Medium Niner without problems.

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    5'6"

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    Fit depends on the frame more than the size of the wheels. There are plenty of 5'6" that ride 29ers and love it. I think you should go demo one.

    Also, with the same gear inches, speed on the flats will be the same. I think the answer you were trying to get is, the 29er is able to MAINTAIN speed easier on the trails, because it rolls over roots/rocks easier than 26ers. That, of course, has been debated over and over and over and....

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    5' 8" here. will never buy a 26" again

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    Neither, try a 650b.

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    My wife and I are both 5'5". She rides a Superfly ss 29er and I ride a Habanero ss 650B. We like both way better than 26".

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    I stand corrected, I meant 650b. Any idea if Pacenti is gona build a 2.3 Quasi-Moto?

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    I no longer have any 26's in the garage. 29er all the way.

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    29er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    29er.
    Jesus rode a singlespeed 26er.

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    ...and carried a rifle, apparently.

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    A 29er is going to be harder to pedal because you have more rotational mass to deal with. However, this larger rotational mass is going to be more difficult to slow down by objects in the trail. The difference is not much, but there is one.

    A 26er and a 29er, both with 32x20 gearing will be noticeably different to pedal. My 29er SS is geared 32x20 and I went with 32x18 but found it was too difficult for my trails, but I can ride a 26 geared 32x14 on those same trails.

    As for the height, the BB height and the height of the handlebars is the same. Though it would seem that a bike with wheels 3 inches larger in diameter would sit 1.5 inches higher off the ground, it doesn't. The bikes are designed to be a similar height. If they were not then the center of gravity on a 29er would be a lot higher.

    I really like my 29er. I feel that although it may be a touch harder, initially, to get going (and that is minimally harder), the way it carries momentum makes up for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    ...and carried a rifle, apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    ...and carried a rifle, apparently.

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    You'll have to ride bikes with both wheel sizes back to back on your local terrain.

    The 29" wheel might have a slight advantage in a straight line at a constant speed, but if you have to stop, start and turn frequently, that advantage is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanetti
    The 29" wheel might have a slight advantage in a straight line at a constant speed, but if you have to stop, start and turn frequently, that advantage is gone.
    So I'm assuming the same is true in a 26" vs 24" debate?


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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    So I'm assuming the same is true in a 26" vs 24" debate?

    well there is a point of diminishing returns. I dont even know if 26" is the cat's meow... 650B might be a little better. I have yet to try it, so i dont know.
    But i know i never complained when i went trail riding on my BMX bike as kid/teen. I even did some shuttle runs down MT Killington in VT when i was about 13-14.

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    I just watched Rad a couple of days ago and Cru didn't have any problems blasting through the woods and a huge pile of logs on his 20" BMX. Maybe smaller is the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    ....Maybe smaller is the answer.
    this coming from a guy named 'p nut'......


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    29ers have a greater contact patch which allows for more traction that means more power to the wheels, more obstacles cleared and greater efficiency. I can easily spin out a 26er so the decision was obvious for me.

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    I've been riding 26'er for years and I'm excited to get my first 29'er KM anytime soon.

    My friend is also excited I sell him my 26'er...with all the good points mentioned below, shall I go ahead sell my 26'er and never look back

    I know this sounds crazy without testing first but any of you guys been in the same boat before
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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    Maybe smaller is the answer.
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    I had the option to go 29. Part of me still wants one but I just felt more comfy on my 26. I also had a shock I could use for the new build that would not fit a 29 so that sort of helped make my decision. For now, I am content with my 26 but perhaps one day I will build up a 29r.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM
    29ers have a greater contact patch which allows for more traction that means more power to the wheels, more obstacles cleared and greater efficiency. I can easily spin out a 26er so the decision was obvious for me.

    i can spin out my 29er. i guess i should get a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dillonfurbay
    I was wondering if there is a difference in gearing or speed. Im a short guy so I fit better on a 26er but I really want a ss 29er. I was just wondering if one is harder to pedal versus the other and if there is better speed on a 29er even with the same gearing? Thanks
    5'6" here, ride the small Niner Air 9 and it fits like a glove... BEST fitting bike I've ridden so far! (obviously components need to be matched up, but the frame geo was bang on)... 23.1" TT, I run a 100mm stem, zero offset post... So comfortable... much better ergos than my 26er FS I had prior (a GF HiFi in small)...


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    i wish i lived in germany. i'd be at the nurburgring every weekend.

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