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Old 11-09-05, 10:30 AM
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What's a "29-er"?

Is a 29-inch tire really just a fat 700 cm? Bike builders who use the 29-inch term always point out the tire/wheel can be used on a 700 rim. OK, but I've yet to come across a tire marketed as 29 inches. Am looking in the wrong places? What brands are out there? And why the "29" inches in the first place?
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Old 11-09-05, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by daveed
Is a 29-inch tire really just a fat 700 cm?
Yes.

See: https://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing


Originally Posted by daveed
And why the "29" inches in the first place?
It's about marketing.

Bianchi tried this 15 years ago, but it didn't catch on then, though the bikes were quite nice. The manufacturers hope that calling it "29 inch" will make it more commercially successful this time around.

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Old 11-09-05, 11:22 AM
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I'd rather have a 650B-er.

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Old 11-09-05, 11:28 AM
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More info on 29" mtb wheels here:
https://www.zinncycles.com/wheels29.aspx
Interestingly, Lennard never mentions that they are actually 700c-size rims.
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Um, someone who heard the news about Sutter's Mill 20 years before anyone else?
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Originally Posted by Don Cook
Um, someone who heard the news about Sutter's Mill 20 years before anyone else?
LOL!

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Originally Posted by daveed
And why the "29" inches in the first place?
think of a monstertruck rolling over everything in its way. the bigger wheels help you roll over obstacles easier. also, the larger wheels make sense for tall people, because they'll be less prone to endo'ing, and make their large bikes look less weird. my 26er:



see what i mean?
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Old 11-09-05, 10:24 PM
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the confusing part is the fact that 27" wheels are actually larger than 29's. Don't you love it.
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Originally Posted by alcahueteria
the confusing part is the fact that 27" wheels are actually larger than 29's. Don't you love it.
That's why you should use ISO ETRTO sizing for comparison. See https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html
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Originally Posted by langen
think of a monstertruck rolling over everything in its way. the bigger wheels help you roll over obstacles easier. also, the larger wheels make sense for tall people, because they'll be less prone to endo'ing, and make their large bikes look less weird. my 26er:



see what i mean?

Whoa; how tall are you?!
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Originally Posted by rmfnla
Whoa; how tall are you?!
6'9"
(which means having sasquatch-sized legs..)
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https://www.ninerbikes.com/

They sell exclusively 29" bikes.
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Actually, the euros have been doing it for years, and believe it or not, they've been on the drops since way before Tomac! They call it "Cyclocross". Offroad, 700c*, fast!

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. I tried it, and I hated it - it was exactly what I deserved!

* yeah yeah, maybe there was 27" in there too - moot point.
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