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    29er good or bad for a Clydesdale

    Hello all. Pretty new around here. Lots of good info and motivation on here.

    I have a K2 Zed 2.0 26er I bought a couple years ago. Have never really rode as I always seem to lack motivation. I'm 6' 5" and the frame says it would fit someone 6'1" - 6'4". Never the less, the frame seems really tall to me. I've read that I should be able to lift the bike 2" on a mountain bike, and can barely lift it an inch.

    So I randomly stopped at a LBS (Trek store), and started drooling over the 29" Trek Wahoo. Want to look around some more, but are 29ers even a good fit for a 6'5" clydesdale? Or are they better suited for shorter/lighter riders?

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    29ers are VERY good for tall riders! I switched last year and absolutely LOVE the 29er. Plus you can put 700c skinny tires for the road - and I'm 6'8", 240...

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    Grohe:

    So far, I'm the shortest at ~6'. I came from a 26" MTB and absolutely love my 29'er. I was ~232lbs when I started riding it. Take that Trek for a test spin. I bet you will buy it!

    Hopefully no Holy Wars break out here.

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    Yes, 29ers are very good. I have 3 of 'em.

    But be careful around cheap forks if you ride off road aggressively. They are perfectly serviceable, but tend to be pretty flexy. If I ever get a front suspension fork again, it'll probably have a larger "maxle" setup.

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    I'm considering switching now that tires are more available. The problem is some one decided a 27.2mm seat post was standard so most of the steel bikes use a 1 1/8 seat tube. Finite element analysis has found the seat tube bottom bracket joint is under the most stress. It has also been proven that a welded frame is less strong than a lugged frame. It seems rather stupid to increase the diameter of the other tubes but not the seat tube. Also I don't trust a fork with low rider rack holes drilled in the fork. With my fat ass I use 2 seat clamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laxpatrick View Post
    29ers are VERY good for tall riders! I switched last year and absolutely LOVE the 29er. Plus you can put 700c skinny tires for the road - and I'm 6'8", 240...
    What size frame do you have? I'm 6'5" 315 lbs., and the guy at the Trek store was suggesting the 21" frame. I couldn't pick up the bike 2" as I've read that is a good indicator of frame size on a mountain bike. I could barely pick it up 1".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    Grohe:

    So far, I'm the shortest at ~6'. I came from a 26" MTB and absolutely love my 29'er. I was ~232lbs when I started riding it. Take that Trek for a test spin. I bet you will buy it!

    Hopefully no Holy Wars break out here.
    The Trek Wahoo is very high on my list. The K2 Zed 2.0 I bought a couple years ago, I bought it from REI. I like that store, but for my next bike I wanted to buy it at an LBS, so I can build a good relationship with them. REI is an hour away, and is not convenient to drive that far for service. Plus it seems a couple spots on the bike were not put together properly. Fork still seems kind of wobbly.

    I have one LBS I want to check out. It was a Schwinn I went to all childhood. They changed names, and no longer sell Schwinns. But I know a lot of people that still go to that shop that are very pleased with the service.

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    I ride an XL Stumpjumper. They call that a 23. Make sure it's long enough on the top tube for your comfort and absolutely make sure you've got room for the twig and berries when it comes to standover height - you'll want a little extra room for off-road dismount clearance...


    Quote Originally Posted by Grohe View Post
    What size frame do you have? I'm 6'5" 315 lbs., and the guy at the Trek store was suggesting the 21" frame. I couldn't pick up the bike 2" as I've read that is a good indicator of frame size on a mountain bike. I could barely pick it up 1".

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