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    What is your SS of choice, 26", 27.5" or 29?

    Which wheel size are you guys riding and what are the pluses and minuses? If you could pick an ideal size for SS which one would it be?

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    I ride 26". I'd like to ride 29", but I couldn't find a frame, so I went with a 26" frame.

    I'm also not entirely convinced that the weight to strength ration of a 29" wheel would be adequate for me. I'm a little bit of a hack when it comes to off-road riding, and tend to blow over obstacles rather than pick a line through/around. Therefore any wheel that I ride has to be able to withstand fairly decent impacts. I'm not sure I'd like to deal with the weight penalty extracted from having a strong 29" wheel. But then again, I've never ridden a 29'r, so who knows?

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    I'm a '69er convert myself - the best of both worlds in my opinion. The big front wheel is a real advantage in rocky, rooty terrain and the bike that I ride the most, a Singular Hummingbird, is quite possibly the nicest handling bike that I have ever ridden - if you get a chance have a ride on one.

    Nimble and agile, yet stable and confidence inspiring both at speed and on technical descents, I'm using Panaracer Rampage 2,35" tyres, run tubeless, and can't recommend this set-up enough.

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    I've been riding a 26" Voodoo Wanga for the last 4 years. I just picked up one of those Carver Carbon forks and a Pacenti Quasi Moto 2.0 tire. As soon as the Pacenti Neo-Moto 2.1's come back in stock and I get the funds for some 650B rims I'll be riding a 27.5er.

    I'm looking for a little smoothing out of the trail chatter without losing any of the Wanga handling that i love. I'll probably lighten the bike in the process.

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    Couldn't be happier with my Karate Monkey. It does everything I ask it to do and does it well. Not very flashy but it works for me.

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    I'm 6' and ride a large Misfit DiSSent 29er.
    Wife 5'3" and rides a small Misfit DiSSent 29er.
    Little wheels are so '90s . Actualy we both have geared 29ers too, just rid ourselves of the last 26" bike a month ago. All the myths about 29ers are nothing more than a horses ass!

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    I've been riding an SS 29er for about 2 years and am considering trying a 650b SS to see if it offers a bit more agility without giving up too much roll over and stability.

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    26" FTW, I want to like 29ers, I try to like them, but 26" just feels right to me (26" Monocog(s) Flight and Flight AL.

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    Riding fully rigid, I can't imagine not having 29ers. They really seem to float more easily through and/or over rough stuff. Going from geared full suspension 26" to rigid 29" a couple of years ago, I didn't miss the suspension as much as the gears and frankly, I didn't miss the gears much even in the early days. I haven't experienced any lack of strength issues, though I am much more of a finesse rider than a thrasher or jumper. Startup is an issue, though with any SS I guess you're always comprimising startup acceleration v. top end speed, but once the 29ers are rolling, I think you feel the momentum even on climbs if you can keep on top of the gear.
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    Since I got my SS 29er, my FS 1x9 26er been collecting dust

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    My ss (that should be arriving later this week) will be a 9er front and 650b rear. I think that'll be a great combo, but it's my first ss, so we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianick
    Couldn't be happier with my Karate Monkey. It does everything I ask it to do and does it well. Not very flashy but it works for me.
    +2 on the Karate Monkey.

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    3000c

    29'er; pft! 36'er; childs play!
    3000c is the future!

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    29er fits my stature a bit better .

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    20", 26", 29" and 36". Different bikes for different things. Some old, some new. I'm working on a 26.5" to round out the full stable. 29ers get most of my attention though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    20", 26", 29" and 36". Different bikes for different things. Some old, some new. I'm working on a 26.5" to round out the full stable. 29ers get most of my attention though.
    Did you mean to say 27.5" instead of 26.5"? If not, please post pictures for us to see.

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    Yup, 27.5". Typo.
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    24" - that's my go-to bike. I ride it everywhere from single-track, pump track, boulders, to the skate-park. With small wheels I find I pay a bit more attention to the trail, but there is simply no substitute for the acceleration and handling. And when I drop the seat it's just like a BMX...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    29'er; pft! 36'er; childs play!
    3000c is the future!
    I wonder how it handles on tight switchbacks

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    27.5. I suck too much to have to think about 29ers and their handling and I'm terrible enough that I can't get away without a big tire in front.

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    Both 29 and 26. Different rides for different moods/trails/whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    27.5. I suck too much to have to think about 29ers and their handling and I'm terrible enough that I can't get away without a big tire in front.
    Which 29ers have your ridden? and which 650b are your currently on?

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    This is what I'm strongly considering http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/tab2_subNav4.php

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    my favorite would probably be a 650b ti hardtail.
    i dont have one, but from riding a ti full rigid 26er and a steel hardtail 26er and a steel full rigid 29er and a geared steel full rigid 650b thats what i came up with. sooner or later when there are better fork and tire selection i will put it together.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    29rs feel like road bikes.650b feels like a better 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubecontinued
    26" FTW, I want to like 29ers, I try to like them, but 26" just feels right to me (26" Monocog(s) Flight and Flight AL.

    i feel the same way... i want to like them, but at 5'5 i always feel like i'm a kid riding my dad's bike on them. i am sure there are 29ers out there with proper geometry for us short guys but when it came down to it, i found my 26er frame on the cheap and couldn't be happier.

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    I actually was just in this predicament about the direction of my latest project. Initially I wanted to convert my 26", then I researched the 29er avenue and finally came to a decision that 650B was the best for me. I just picked up the 650B Velocity Synergy rims at lunch, so now I have all the parts for the project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcart10
    i feel the same way... i want to like them, but at 5'5 i always feel like i'm a kid riding my dad's bike on them. i am sure there are 29ers out there with proper geometry for us short guys but when it came down to it, i found my 26er frame on the cheap and couldn't be happier.
    More power to you!
    I'm completely serious now, I had the greatest 26'er, but there was a deal on a 29'er that was too good for me to pass up, so I bought it figuring if I didn't like it I could easily make my money back. At first I thought what's the big deal? But the after a month or so I decided to ride my beloved Stumpjumper and that's when the difference (for me) was apparent. My Ol' Pal Stumpy was no longer the greatest bike ever. Every once in a while I'd take Stumpy down off the hook for a spin, but the magic wasn't there anymore. Finally I donated it to my brother-in-law, as I couldn't bare just letting it collected dust.

    So just be happy with what you got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    More power to you!
    I'm completely serious now, I had the greatest 26'er, but there was a deal on a 29'er that was too good for me to pass up, so I bought it figuring if I didn't like it I could easily make my money back. At first I thought what's the big deal? But the after a month or so I decided to ride my beloved Stumpjumper and that's when the difference (for me) was apparent. My Ol' Pal Stumpy was no longer the greatest bike ever. Every once in a while I'd take Stumpy down off the hook for a spin, but the magic wasn't there anymore. Finally I donated it to my brother-in-law, as I couldn't bare just letting it collected dust.

    So just be happy with what you got.
    Which 29er did you get?

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    29er. Dubbed The Janitor, because it cleans sections my 26" can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975
    Which 29er did you get?
    That was a Soma Juice, but it was replaced by a Surly KM, which has been replaced by a Singular Swift.

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