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    26 or 29er for some slalom-like racing

    Some help here - modifying my old stand-by HardRock 26 with Judy TT shox rigid/ 27 gear to possibly ss with 18 bmx ring and pin platform pedals. OR take my new 29er clipless, ss, full rigid, aluminum and light, but obviously bigger. which one should I make into my haul ass downhill, berms, hops, and xc downhills? I'd like to race dual slaloms next spring beginner level for fun. Have a hard time lifting hops on my platforms - used to clipless, but only one pair of clipless and I own pin platforms. advise? can't afford shox for 29er..guessing my 26 shox won't fit. Hardrock is cromoly, heavier, but no cracks in 17 years - a true beast, but new 29er is lighter but bigger. thanks

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    Put some x-tra fat tires on the hardrock and rock it hard!

    I would think 26" wheels will allow a bit faster maneuvering than 29". Also, you already have a suspension fork and I'll bet that will be a big advantage if it is working properly. If I recall correctly, The Judy TT is a very simple fork and should be super simple to overhaul to get the best performance.

    THere are not too many 29" wheel downhill or DS bikes being made... I'm not saying it can't be done, but the perfect formula hasn't been discovered yet.

    Also, racing (any type of racing) is damn hard on equipment. THe heavy steel frame and old cheap nature of your Spec. makes it a better choice than your 29er.

    BTW, what 29er do you have?

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    got a Gravity 29 from Bikesdirect. I was VERY skeptical of any online bike..never done it. BUT, I really like it. Had the LBS tru the tires and adjust the disc brakes, but for under $400, single speed, aluminum w/ steel fork..put by Egg Beaters on it and it's really fun. WTB wheelset..I really like it. Rode mt friend's GT and I like mine better and he paid more via Nashbar.

    Yeah, I've had that HardRock brand new since 1994 and it's been through every possible terrain and it's seen some changes - handlebars, seat, wheelsets, tires (obviously), but the travel on the Judy is minimal. Threw out all the shifting - gone. going single speed with a tensioner and 18 tooth bmx ring, going middle ring upfront (maybe 34 tooth?), so a weird 34x18 set up. The 29er is 33x18.

    I race road mostly, done some 'cross, but love the downhill speed on a mtb so thinking trying DS. don't have full susp for downhill, nor the guts to jump off cliffs. how can I get more travel off the Judy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwoznicki View Post
    got a Gravity 29 from Bikesdirect. I was VERY skeptical of any online bike..never done it. BUT, I really like it. Had the LBS tru the tires and adjust the disc brakes, but for under $400, single speed, aluminum w/ steel fork..put by Egg Beaters on it and it's really fun. WTB wheelset..I really like it. Rode mt friend's GT and I like mine better and he paid more via Nashbar.

    Yeah, I've had that HardRock brand new since 1994 and it's been through every possible terrain and it's seen some changes - handlebars, seat, wheelsets, tires (obviously), but the travel on the Judy is minimal. Threw out all the shifting - gone. going single speed with a tensioner and 18 tooth bmx ring, going middle ring upfront (maybe 34 tooth?), so a weird 34x18 set up. The 29er is 33x18.

    I race road mostly, done some 'cross, but love the downhill speed on a mtb so thinking trying DS. don't have full susp for downhill, nor the guts to jump off cliffs. how can I get more travel off the Judy?
    I have ridden a bit on single speeds, and downhill speed is usually the first thing to go... if the bike is set up to be able to climb even modest hills, you will be coasting down everything bigger than a freeway overpass.

    Edit: It may be possible to turn your judy into a frankenfork - there used to be longer travel versions so maybe you just need to swap some inner parts. Possibly not, though. A simpler option would be to install the fattest possible tire (like 2.35 or 2.5 if you can). THat will give you another 1/2 inch of 'suspension' without much trouble.
    Last edited by DCB0; 11-28-11 at 01:27 PM. Reason: new information has come to light, man.

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