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Anyone here riding a MTB with 29" wheels ? I've had a good look at one today and I was most impressed, the thing I like the most is it feels a lot like my road bike. I ride a Mongoose Canaan Elite and while its nice and rides well, the 29" beast just feels so much more natural to me..
Any thoughts and brands that make a nice 29" ?
I have been thinking about one as well, to replace my Yukon MTB that has been pressed into service as a commuter (I'm trying to like a hybrid, but I don't think its going to work for me).
For me I think it is a logical choice, given I'm 2m tall - big guy, big bike ... big wheels. From what I've read, also means a better COG for when doing trailwork.
I'm also thinking about dual suspension - but reasonably priced dual suspension 29ers seem ... err ... pretty rare!
From MTBR 29" FAQ thread. I'm a bit skeptical about the percentages listed below.
I dunno, certainly they are growing and have some clear benefits, but there are also some disadvantages of the format.
The wheels are heavier, not as strong, and there's far less choice of wheel/fork/tyre etc. It's particularly an issue if you want to run tubeless UST tyres - very few choices.
Foot overlap can be an issue, and they are less nimble in the tight stuff.
Another format that is generating some talk is to have a larger 27.5" wheel on the front and a regular 26" on the back.
Gives you better rollover on obstacles than a standard 26", without the ponderous handling of a 29er.
Having said that, I think the 26" wheel will remain the standard.
I've put 700c wheels on my commuter with 23c tyres - it makes a huge difference in ride comfort and the ability to roll over imperfections on the road compared to 26" wheels with 32c slicks. I had the thought when I went back and checked the rock that I hit that sent me OTB when I crashed and dislocated my shoulder a few weeks ago, that if I'd had 29" wheels on I may not have gone over the bars.
The only problem is that 29" duallies around $4k with 5" travel are very hard to come by with decent equipment levels, and simply not available at all secondhand. Since I tend to run the generic Maxxis Ignitor/Larsen TT/Crossmark combo, I'm not too worried about tyres. You don't need tubeless tyres to run tubeless, thanks to the wonders of a little cup of Stan's.
I reckon 29ers will grab a larger part of the market, especially for taller blokes like me (6'1" / 185cm).
"People have a right to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight." -- James W Loewen
Thanks guys for all of the feedback. I think I'll take my friends ride out for a weekend and try it out on the Larapinta Trail. I think the bike would out perform in the rolling sections of the trail but would be interesting in the tighter technical parts. He likes to ride with flat pedals as he gets uncomfortable being clipped in around the rocky tighter parts so I wont expect to do magic stuff climbing hills either as you cant pull on the darm pedals I've kicked his butt easily on the climbs already so if I go 29", definately clip-ins AND hard tail !
Can you take your pedals along and swap them onto his bike? It only takes a second or two, and you'll get a better feel for what the bike can do.
Ta - my wife tells me I'm full of them. Well, full of something, anyway ...
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