Join Date: Jan 2011
Bikes: Schwinn OR2 Hybrid Bike 28" - Schwinn LeTour II 27"
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I just put 29er mountain bike tires on my hybrid after my friend and I befriended one of the guys at the local bike shop. I got the hybrid with some on-road/off-road tires and it worked well for the cross country stuff we were doing. The LBS employee showed us some single track runs and my friend is hooked so we're doing that now. I felt really under-tired (had a fun spill as a result too) so I did a 29er conversion (see sig)*. I haven't tried it out yet besides flying off curbs to check for stability but the conversion was easy. This might be one thing you want to try before getting a new bike simply because if you get something like the Talon 29er and you have a good quality 700c Hybrid bike... you're really just changing tires. I went from 700c x 38 road/off road tires to 29x2.1 front & 700x40 rears.
My friend got a Talon 29er-2 over the Revel 0 (basically the same bike besides tire size) because of the larger tire and it has the front lockout that the Revel lacks. He ended up replacing that after two weeks with the Reign because of riding with the LBS Employee and his 6K All mountain wiz bang bike. He read the 26"/Full suspension bike was better for jumping off things (he's a toy nut). My friend was able to keep up with the much more experienced LBS Employee our first time out on the trail with the Talon so I don't think he made a bad choice in the first place. As a result of his toy-lust, I get to ride his Talon sometimes and I have to say that it's a very nice bike. Definitely nicer than mine but I'm poor so no fun for me
I like staying glued to the ground and going quickly so I appreciate the pros of the 29er setup. It's a really nice ride and easily as fast as my beater Chro-Mo road bike. I'll let him get all the crazy air while I leave him behind haha. I can report back to this thread about my conversion after we do a 10 mile ride this weekend.
*I went for a smaller rear than I could have simply because of economics and I was worried about frame fit (not much of an issue after all). At some point I'll throw a 1.9" 29er tire on there.
Last edited by Max C.; 03-23-11 at 02:10 AM.