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Old 06-02-08, 11:45 PM   #1
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Do 29er's taco easier than non-29'ers?

Did a search for 29ers in this forum, found several references, most from last year, one seemed to indicate that 29er wheels might be built beefier than the standard wheels. Anybody know if, a year later, this is still the case?

As I look for a bike, a good friend is talking me into a 29er MTB. My concern was that I'm a clyde, he's not. And I started thinking, the bigger diameter a wheel is, perhaps the more likely it is to taco.

I didn't seem to find anything negative about the 29ers, actually just positive vibes.

Any words of wisdom for a big guy (300# 6'3) on a 29er?

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Old 06-03-08, 12:19 AM   #2
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smaller wheels are more agile.
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Old 06-03-08, 05:58 AM   #3
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I ride a Gary Fisher Paragon 29r. This bike has the new Rhythm Wheel set and has held up very very well. When I started back riding this year I was at 256 lbs and I was going off curbs, doing some jumps and bunny hops with NO rim deflection. Even at my weight, I can run the tires at a much LOWER pressure than I used to on a 26 inch MTB. Off-Road I run 35 psi front and rear.

I have run the stock rubber as well as some Bontrager Hardcase High Pressure 700c X 38 mm street tires on these rims. This bike with those tires on it make for a very quick durable Hybrid!

At your heigth, a 29r' makes more sense. You will find that the fit on the bike will be better and once used to the larger wheels and their differences, you will come to appreciate the 29r craze as something that works for you.
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Old 06-03-08, 04:33 PM   #4
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In theory yes they would, but most of the stories I have heard that ended up with a taco'd wheel were not the wheels fault. It would be a crash or landing wrong from a jump that causes a taco'd wheel, not just riding along.
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Old 06-03-08, 07:24 PM   #5
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Well I just purchased a Specialized Rockhopper Disc 29ER at my LBS and the tech and there wheel guy had no issues with a guy my size riding one (I'm 6'2" and close to 500 pounds) I love the 29ER so far the only suggestion the guys at the LBS had for me was to keep up on my maintenance and tune ups (my LBS gave me 2 years worth of tune ups with the purchase so I say yes try a 29ER and develop a good working relationship with your LBS
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