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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-21-09, 12:31 AM   #1
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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
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Old 11-21-09, 07:53 AM   #2
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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
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Old 11-21-09, 08:28 AM   #4
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I rented a Gary Fiser HI FI Delux 29er for a week and absolutely loved it!!!!!
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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.
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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!!!
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Old 11-22-09, 05:45 AM   #7
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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.
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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.
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