This is a carry over from another thread that I hijacked with this discussion. To sum up:
I don't want to focus on whether the 29er is cool, or a good idea or on the ride of the bike. I am wondering who is driving this fad. Is it being driven by the marketing guys at the bike companies in the US or is it a consumer demand thing. I would really like to hear from shop staff about the end-user feedback they are getting on these bikes and all the products surrounding them.