New bike advice: am I crazy to stick with a 26'er hardtail?
I'm thinking about getting a new MTB. Right now I ride a Gunnar Rock Hound 26'er steel hardtail with V-brakes, and I just kinda want something lighter and more up-to-date.
I've owned a full-suspension bike in the past, and it was OK, but I also had a rigid singlespeed at the time that I rode just as much, if not more. I pretty much felt like I wasn't having fun on the full-sus bike unless I was going at race-pace.
I have not ridden a 29'er. Based on what I've heard (me being a smaller rider who rides mostly tight technical trails), it doesn't sound like a 29'er would suit me. (BTW, if anyone knows of a shop in the Atlanta area that would let me test ride a 29'er out on an actual trail, let me know.)
So, I'm leaning toward a 26'er carbon-framed hardtail with disc brakes. Or maybe a Yeti Arc (aluminum frame). This would be my only mountain bike (my current bike will be doing commuter duty with a rigid fork and slick tires).
My question is... with everything I hear about full-sus and 29'ers being faster, etc, ... am I crazy for sticking with a 26'er hardtail?