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    Seeking some buying advice. (Or not)

    I'm kinda in the market for a new (or at least to me) mountain bike, my needs are pretty straight forward. It needs to be good at climbing and descending in areas that may or may not have trails. This bike will be for fishing in odd spots pretty much exclusively.

    I already have two mountain bikes that might work for the purpose, but I find myself drawn to 29ers.
    So here's my bike options..

    New bikes:
    Nashbar AT1 29" Mountain Bike - Hardtail
    Nash bar at-1 29, this looks promising other than the suspension fork, but I am mechanically handy and able to hunt down deals so it's not 100% a deal breaker.

    I really do like the Gravity G29 fully rigid but I'm not sure I'm willing to wait till august for new stock
    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity 29 SS Single Speed 29er Mountain Bikes

    Bikes I have:
    A fully rigid GT tequesta (1992 era about) I traded out the shifter/brake lever combo and brakes themselves to v-brake but there isn't much else I'd be willing to do to modify this bike.

    Supergo All Access dual suspension (96/97 era?) I can picture this being a wonderful bike for descending but not so much for rough ascensions , am I mistaken?

    I'm really not all that up to speed on the mtb scene unfortunately.. so it's hard for me to say what's better for climbing, 26 or 29? I know suspension helps with over all ride quality etc, but I also don't want to be putting in even more effort for some of these scary climbs I'll be contending with..

    So I guess the question is, if these were your choices, your bikes and your money, what would you pick?
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    I have the Gravity G29'er and it's pretty decent. The bike is excellent @ climbing hills, but you will definitely spin out on the downgrades. The control is solid, but there is a bit of toe strike if you pedal while turning. It's a great deal for what you get tho,...

    This thread might be more informative, and I'm the last post atm: Anyone have any experience with the Gravity G29 SS?
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    Just from what I've experienced getting into mtb riding recently. Without having ridden in mtb parks here I wanted and built a 29er. Now having ridden mtb's seriously I've found if there's any technical terrain a 26 inch wheel bike is better and with the right tire pressures a hard tail with 2.25 tires will roll over rocks and roots nicely. A suspension fork is nice though.
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    Portable Audio/Bike Lover tds101's Avatar
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    I'm thinking of a suspension fork myself, and the Gravity G29 SS FS is what I wish I'd have bought instead. The extra $50 for a half decent FS fork is worth it IMO. And me, I prefer a 29er overall 26 inch wheel. The added benefit is rolling over almost anything without effort. And it handles just fine. Even potholes are a breeze!
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