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Old 07-19-07, 04:26 PM   #1
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Anyone seen the 08' Specialized 29ers...

in the shop?
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Old 11-23-07, 05:54 PM   #2
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Yep, I have a 29er fsr in the store I work. It is a superb bike. We have it on the Demo/test bike program and it rides amazingly. I rode it once and came back and ordered the hardtail version which I should have sometime next week - last week of nov. We also have the Avanti Scratch, K.I.S.S. and Raleigh XXIX
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Old 11-23-07, 05:58 PM   #3
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Saw 08 Rockhopper 29s in two different specialized shops today. I rode them, and some Fisher 29s. I highly recommend at least trying the Fisher before you buy the Rockhopper version.
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...spec isn't great and they are overpriced. Check out the bikesdirect 29ers...
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Old 11-25-07, 04:25 AM   #5
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Yesterday at Eddy's Bike Shop in Stow OH. He had a 29'r from every mfg he carries. They look OK but I can't really see an advantage over a 26" other than it's new. Hey, it's your money, spend it if you want. Good luck

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Old 11-28-07, 11:12 PM   #6
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Just took delivery of my stumpy 29er hard tail and it is well righteous, worth every cent. Stunning on the dirt particularly going downhill, climbs well and if you get your position right excellent on single track. Really forgiving when jumping as well. Would certainly recommend it even over many duallies. Good to know it comes with interchangeable dropouts for single speeding. being that i race SS i may swap it over for race day but at this point I plan to go back to gears. Negatives - watch your gear changes, if you get stuck in the wrong gear on a climb you pay for the big wheels. Bit of focus and planning ahead, and we should be doing that anyway, and it is not a problem. At 12kgs out of the packet is a little heavy for a $3k hard tail but rides a whole lot lighter.
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Yesterday at Eddy's Bike Shop in Stow OH. He had a 29'r from every mfg he carries. They look OK but I can't really see an advantage over a 26" other than it's new. Hey, it's your money, spend it if you want. Good luck

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29ers are more expensive because they're specced with higher components.

The advantage of the larger wheel is lowered rolling resistance and increased traction via the elongated contact patch. The big drawback for low powered riders is that it changes the gearing so they are more difficult to pedal in the same ring/cog combination as on a 26er.
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Yep, I have a 29er fsr in the store I work. It is a superb bike. We have it on the Demo/test bike program and it rides amazingly. I rode it once and came back and ordered the hardtail version
Just curious, but why would 1 ride on the FSR convince you to buy the HT that you haven't tried?
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Dollars and weight.
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