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Old 10-05-12, 08:29 PM
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Question 26 or 29 ??

Hi everyone! I am trying to find the perfect bike for me, and I am in doubt of which one to buy. I am a begginer and do not understand very well the pros and cons of each bike. I'll be riding most of the time on the road and small trails, and I am now torn between the Specialized Hardrock 26 and the Sepecialized Hardrock 29. Which one would be better, considering that both of them have the same componentes but the wheels?

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I've got a Hardrock 26 Disc and I love it. Unless you're gonna be riding up rocky hills or over complicated obstacles save yourself some money and get the 26.

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Old 10-05-12, 09:24 PM
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I would get the 29er, although there's nothing really wrong with 26er's and there's enough tire options for them there's a lot more for the 29/700c wheels. The bigger wheel is more an accepted wheel for bikes that see road use.
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Originally Posted by JEC7 View Post
I've got a Hardrock 26 Disc and I love it. Unless you're gonna be riding up rocky hills or over complicated obstacles save yourself some money and get the 26.

tks, I think I'll take the 26, it's gonna be better for me!!

nice bike and view!!!

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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
I would get the 29er, although there's nothing really wrong with 26er's and there's enough tire options for them there's a lot more for the 29/700c wheels. The bigger wheel is more an accepted wheel for bikes that see road use.
This is very hard to decide, I have been receiving conflicting opinios all the time...!
But I am still doing a lot of research... thanks!
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26 wheels are so 90s. I didn't know they were still making them lol. the larger diameter wheel is a lot easier to ride, allows you to go faster with less effort and fatigue. for road use and trails I think you want to go with a 29 for sure. there is really no reason to get a 26 anymore - I think they are obsolete.
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Old 10-05-12, 11:52 PM
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btw, why are you getting a Hardrock if you're just going to use it for roads and trails? ideally you want to get a hybrid for that purpose. there's nothing worse than riding a mountain bike on the street. its like riding a dirtbike (motorcycle) on the pavement. the ride is going to be terrible.
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Old 10-06-12, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by northernlights View Post
26 wheels are so 90s. I didn't know they were still making them lol. the larger diameter wheel is a lot easier to ride, allows you to go faster with less effort and fatigue. for road use and trails I think you want to go with a 29 for sure. there is really no reason to get a 26 anymore - I think they are obsolete.
I don't think 26er's are obsolete they just belong on MTB's for riding tight technical terrain, the 29er is for more open terrain were you can gain more speed.
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Originally Posted by northernlights View Post
btw, why are you getting a Hardrock if you're just going to use it for roads and trails? ideally you want to get a hybrid for that purpose. there's nothing worse than riding a mountain bike on the street. its like riding a dirtbike (motorcycle) on the pavement. the ride is going to be terrible.
The problem with MTB's being used as a hybrid is the heavy suspension, but with a hardtail frame and rigid fork conversion some slick high pressure tires they'll make a pretty trick hybrid.
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Old 10-06-12, 09:16 AM
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Much depends on the tires used with either rim.
The 29'r has the potential to add more dead weight with larger tires or slightly better rolling resistance with skinny tires.
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For your listed kind of riding, I'd stay away from "pure" mountain bikes, I'd look into a bike like the Specialized Crosstrail Sport: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...use/crosstrail Make sure to get the model with a "Fork Lock", so that when your riding on the road your can lock out the suspension for a smooth paved road ride!!!!!!!!!
MTB's like the Hardrock are for riding in single track/double track mountain dirt roads and would SUCK on pavement or paved trails! Test ride both before you buy but I think you'd enjoy the Crosstrail Sport more.
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Old 10-06-12, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by northernlights View Post
btw, why are you getting a Hardrock if you're just going to use it for roads and trails? ideally you want to get a hybrid for that purpose. there's nothing worse than riding a mountain bike on the street. its like riding a dirtbike (motorcycle) on the pavement. the ride is going to be terrible.
I wouldn't be so quick to call it terrible. I rode the mostly paved Henry Hudson trail out to the Sandy Hook lighthouse for about 33 miles today on a new Giant Revel 0 29er and it wasn't bad at all. I've done it also on my Trek FX 7.3 and the 29er is a bit more work but very enjoyable. Makes for a better workout.
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
The problem with MTB's being used as a hybrid is the heavy suspension, but with a hardtail frame and rigid fork conversion some slick high pressure tires they'll make a pretty trick hybrid.
but why go through the hassle and expense of converting?
get a hybrid and you don't have to worry about any of that.
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Originally Posted by northernlights View Post
but why go through the hassle and expense of converting?
get a hybrid and you don't have to worry about any of that.
Because trail or mountain bike style hybrids with rigid forks are uncommon. Marin Muirwoods and 29er version are the only ones I know. Giant Seek and Kona Dew are mountain bike style but I don't think they can fit 50mm tires like the Muirwoods 29er.
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Originally Posted by northernlights View Post
but why go through the hassle and expense of converting?
get a hybrid and you don't have to worry about any of that.
Perhaps not the case for the OP, but what if someone already had a decent hardtail in their possession? Been a number of threads of late from people who are coming back into cycling after years of being off the bike- most of them come from (and still have) mtbs...
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
The problem with MTB's being used as a hybrid is the heavy suspension, but with a hardtail frame and rigid fork conversion some slick high pressure tires they'll make a pretty trick hybrid.
Good points there. I'm in the thought process of refurbing my Trek 3700, I'd like to make it a rigid fork and fit some narrower and less agressive tires. It's currently in the "hospital section" of my garage, after the crank cracked on it's last outing on an offroad trail, screwing the rear derailleur bracket at the same time. It needed a new bottom bracket anyway, and I'll fit a new crank and new pedals. To complete it I'll need new cables for brakes and gears... almost a new bike, eh?

I do have my Diamondback Insight 1 as my main hybrid, but I'd like the option to try the Trek 3700 out in a similar way. I wonder if it would take 700's?
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I have 700c's on my Trek, and wouldn't have it any other way!
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my 3700 was not a disc brake job but i found out you can get a disc brake adapter for the rear from trek. i think it was around $15. got a solid fork for disc brakes, then located a high end trek on cl with a cracked frame for xt goodies. now i am moving all the stuff to a nos 2002 jamis komodo frame, but the move required a new headset, bb and seat post, i added a surley solid fork to mix so i could sell the trek later.
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Tks for the help guys!!!! I decided to take the 29er !!
Now is just enjoy the bike!!!
Tks again!!!!
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my 3700 was not a disc brake job but i found out you can get a disc brake adapter for the rear from trek. i think it was around $15. got a solid fork for disc brakes, then located a high end trek on cl with a cracked frame for xt goodies. now i am moving all the stuff to a nos 2002 jamis komodo frame, but the move required a new headset, bb and seat post, i added a surley solid fork to mix so i could sell the trek later.
Excellent. That's a really slick looking 3700, I have to say. Mine isn't a disc job either, (its a 2005) and right now with no crank, chain or rear derailleur, and the hand grips off, sadly it's looking pretty sorry for itself.
I really like what you've done to yours, but are those 700's? I like the solid fork and smoother tyre look, too. What's it ride like if compared to a regular hybrid? The geometry has to be slightly different, but it looks just right fitted out like that. I'd fancy a day out on a paved trail on mine if I could get it something like yours, especially if it was pitted up against my mate on his 7.2fx. It'd be interesting to see how it would feel compared to my Insight, which incidentally, I really love riding.

Thanks for the ideas, Cool bike.
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Even though I'm 182cm/6' tall, I still feel like I am riding on hola hoops with 700c wheels. 26" wheels just 'feel' better to me somehow - though maybe it's all in my head.
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Be careful with 29ers, they are prone to break.... (WARNING!!! NOT FOR WORK ETC, language warning)

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Id say 29 for mostly road and some light trails. A hybrid is also a good option. or cross.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Perhaps not the case for the OP, but what if someone already had a decent hardtail in their possession? Been a number of threads of late from people who are coming back into cycling after years of being off the bike- most of them come from (and still have) mtbs...
Like me. Take a look at the link in my sig to see what I've done with my KHS. Been thinking of converting to 700c wheels later on, with front disc brake/hub and rear caliper brake to replace the V brakes front and rear.
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sorry for the late reply, been traveling in the philippines for a month and internet access has been spotty. those are 26" wheels i got off the cracked frame trex. if i recall correctly the tires are kenda 26" x 1.5 around 85 psi. it has 9 speed stuff on it and rides well. mostly i have been on my bianchi advantge, this year after converting it to a 9 speed, but i did some 25 mile rides on the trex with no headaches.
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