Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: 29er

  1. #1
    Fat On A Bike
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    My Bikes
    TREK 4300 2010
    Posts
    18
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    29er

    Would a 29er be a better choice for a Clyde?
    Let's say the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29:
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9247

    Or the Gary Fisher X-Caliber:
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/x-caliber

  2. #2
    Triathlon in my future??? flip18436572's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Southwest Iowa
    My Bikes
    Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
    Posts
    2,193
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Compared to what?
    2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
    2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
    2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
    Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun

  3. #3
    Senior Member jboyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    My Bikes
    Giant "Rainier"
    Posts
    784
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    Compared to what?
    I am a Clyde with a 29er, but my having a 29er is not a choice because of my clydness, but because I love big, fat wheels that can climb over roots and rocks.

    I will never go back to the traditional 26" wheel, but that is just me.

    To answer your question, 29ers are fanfreakintastic, but your decision between the two has more to do with you and your riding style and desire, and less about your clyde thing.

    With that said, GET THE 29er
    http://www.homeairdirect.com Hey! It's What I Do

  4. #4
    Its a Mountain not a Hill Big Lug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100
    Posts
    277
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I rented a Gary Fiser HI FI Delux 29er for a week and absolutely loved it!!!!!
    2005 Trek 2100 ; 2008 Trek Remedy 7 ; 2002 Trek 2000 (Backup Bike)

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    My Bikes
    Litespeed Ultimate 2006, Litespeed Pisgah , Specialized Roubaix 2008, Trek Madone 2011
    Posts
    898
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm 6'6" and 230 lbs and ride a Kona Big Unit 29er. The 29er feels much more solid under me amd I don't feel like I'm perched on a bar stool.

  6. #6
    Senior Member boy scout 161's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Western KS
    My Bikes
    '10 Trek 1.1, '11 Specialized Tricross Sport, '12 Gravity G29 SS
    Posts
    96
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have ridden a 29er only twice. It felt different...turning and acceleration. Not really good or bad, just different. I am frugal and like having many choices so I am sticking with 26's, that just me and it's not a slam on 29er's. If you like the 29er and it fits, go for it!!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Bosock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree that the decision on the 29er deals more with your riding preference than your weight. There are pros and cons to 29ers and 26ers. You just have to do the research and determine which cons you can accept the most and which pros you enjoy the most. I have rode both bikes, stumpy comp 29er and elite 26, for me I liked the 26 better. I liked the acceleration of the 26 and how it handled going down hill at speeds. Rolling at speed over rock beds the 29er felt very good. Most of my trails are tight, with switchbacks, and alot of hills and downhills and I just felt more comfortable on the 26er in these situations. However, there have been a growing interest and more praise of the 29ers now that the manufacturers are committing to them. Ride both, if you feel more comfortable and secure on the 29er get it, better you feel about it the more likely you are to ride it. If you more comfortable on the 26 get it, again, the decision lies with your liking and not your weight.
    2012 Specialized SL3 S-Works Roubaix
    2011 Specialized SL3 S-Works Tarmac
    2011 Scott CR1 Comp
    2011 Trek/Fisher Paragon 29er Hardtail
    2010 Stumpjumper Elite
    2012 Bianchi Infinito (Wifes)
    2007 Stumpjumper Elite (wifes)

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I weigh about 210 to 220 normally, and I have the Xcaliber. I bought it early this season, but I don't ride much on the mt bike when it's warm. I tend to stay on the road bike then. I got a great deal on my bike, so I am happy with the whole thing, but the MSRP was much more than I paid. If I paid that, I would recommend a different bike.

    As far as the 29 vs 26, I think it is just up to the rider. I don't see how the larger wheels give or lose advantage to the size of the rider, but it is a smoother ride off road, and on road in my opinion. I like the bike but it took some getting used to.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •