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What is better for my situation. 27.5 or 29er

Old 04-21-15, 05:10 AM
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What is better for my situation. 27.5 or 29er

I know this topic has been touched many times before but I'm in a situation that I'm sure most people in the market for a mountain bike find themselves in. I have been an avid mountain biker for a number of years and it has been a while since I've bought a new bike. I haven't hit any serious trails in the last couple years, and I am looking to somewhat get back into it. I want a bike that can take technical trails, but non that are too technical. I've heard a lot of good things about 27.5 and 29ers and have tested both. My other thing is that I plan on riding with my girlfriend on paved trails, and she has a performance hybrid so I would need somethign to keep up with her. i plan on putting slicker tires on whichever bike I get for pavement, but I'm still stuck between the two sizes. Will a 27.5 roll on pavement as well as a 29er? Your thoughts are all appreciated. With all that being said my budget is $600 which I know is tight. I can always upgrade components in the future, but for now I just want a solid bike that will get both jobs done,

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Old 05-15-15, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mpe104 View Post
I know this topic has been touched many times before but I'm in a situation that I'm sure most people in the market for a mountain bike find themselves in. I have been an avid mountain biker for a number of years and it has been a while since I've bought a new bike. I haven't hit any serious trails in the last couple years, and I am looking to somewhat get back into it. I want a bike that can take technical trails, but non that are too technical. I've heard a lot of good things about 27.5 and 29ers and have tested both. My other thing is that I plan on riding with my girlfriend on paved trails, and she has a performance hybrid so I would need somethign to keep up with her. i plan on putting slicker tires on whichever bike I get for pavement, but I'm still stuck between the two sizes. Will a 27.5 roll on pavement as well as a 29er? Your thoughts are all appreciated. With all that being said my budget is $600 which I know is tight. I can always upgrade components in the future, but for now I just want a solid bike that will get both jobs done,

Thanks in advance
Great question. I would be interested to hear responses as well.
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Old 05-15-15, 03:36 PM
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Been there,, here goes my 2 cents

I started on,,, scratch that,, RE-started 25 years later on a $600 29er Scott Aspect 940,, It had wet brakes and the crappy Suntour fork.
I rode her hard, had a very experienced friend teach me how to actually ride single track, thank you thank you thank you my friend
I am on a 27.5 full squish now.... My Observations/experience:

29er hard tails under about $1300 have very heavy wheels, Under about $800 they come with the suntour xr, xcr or sumthin fork that has this sticker down low on the inside of one leg. reads something like this, "Warning this fork Intended for LIGHT trail use only" I translated that lawyer speak into biker english,,, "Warning, as soon as you try for any speed or point this bike up or down any hills or try a corner fast enough to lean the bike it will flex and wiggle and bottom out constantly. This will drive you mad"....

I upgraded my suntour fork to the Raidon for $189. https://www.srsuntourna.com/upgrade/
That Raidon is a $350 fork and feels like it btw....It transformed the bike in the single tracks......

I added a decent saddle $189, added good rubber $55 X 2 and now at $ 1100-1200 I still had those super heavy wheels,, Nuther $600 to fix that. I did NOT go there.. So On to wider handlebars to help me control those massive gyroscopes pulling on me.. 29er roll great once you get em up to speed, fine for out in the open. They suck at tight turns on bikes at that level,,heavy flexy wheels just don't inspire confidence...

A stronger rider can get more out of the wagon wheels I'm sure,, I am not that rider.
I love to ride technical single track, I don't race, I ride for me.....

Full squish,,we wont go into all those benefits and drawbacks, but I will tell you I am done with Hard Tails....

My 27.5 also has entry level wheel sets but I'd say they weigh a pound less,,EACH ! Feels like TWO pounds less.
Why,,because they are not wagon wheels. No I did not weigh them,, But holding the front 29er wheel in one hand and
the front 27.5 in the other,,wow,, a big wow.
Every where I was told a 29er would be better it was, (I came from a 26" btw), big speeds, open places, sand, rolling terrain,, yeah yeah that 29er was fun to ride after you got it rolling.

Now,, my 27.5,, every where they said the 29er would be better this 27.5 bike was and every where I was told the 27.5 was better,,It was..

Yeah you read that right.........

Lighter wheels means everything, stronger wheels(Less flex) means everything,,
An entry level set of 27.5 hoops are lighter and stronger than 29er entry level hoops,, there is no way around that truth..
Oh and um,,29er tubes and tires are quite a bit heavier than 27.5 tubes n tires..

It's a know fact in all kinds of racing, removing a pound of rotational mass or UN-sprung mass has the same performance gain as removing TWO pounds of static vehicle weight...

Again,, pay attention here..
What do you seek, where do you ride, are you a strong rider?,,very strong ?? Think more about bike FIT and wheel quality..

I started out 5'11", Long legged and lanky.
for me, the feel,,,, I always felt Like I was sitting ON my 29er,, NOW on my 27.5 I always feel like I am sitting IN my bike....
Riding with your girlfriend all mellow yellow yeah I'd say get a $600 29er,, serious single track,,your gonna need a real good 29er..say north of $1500



Single track Nirvana for me,, It's the 27.5. With This bike I can get Into the 'Flow'...

It's all about the flow, The look on that girls face,, yeah she seeks the flow, I've seen that look before.. google it

As for paved trails, My bike has a suspension lockout as do most forks on hardtails...

Here Is a thought,,Get a $600 set of Stans Flow ZTR's with hope hubs,, mount your dirt rubber on them,,
mount your pavement rubber on the bikes factory wheels for riding with your girl ~~~~

As for your other ? "Will a 27.5 roll on pavement as well as a 29er?" It's more about the tread and tire pressure on the road than wheel size In your case with your bike choice....

Think of it this way,, 27.5's accelerate quicker, 29er's hold big speed better,, all things being equal..
a gear or two up (Taller) and you can spin the same cadence on a 27.5 at the same speed as the 29er.
So Top gear roll out will always be faster on 29" wheels but,,IF you were that strong you'd know all this already

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