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Who "Invented" The 29er

Old 04-14-17, 06:32 PM
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Who "Invented" The 29er

I talked to a guy with a bike on craigslist. He was telling me about owning a Specialized released in (I think he said) 2006 and it was collectable because it was the first 29er on the market. I thought it sounded like BS but I really don't know. Anyone know who released the first 29er?
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https://clelandcycles.wordpress.com/history/
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Absolute bull****. The first mass produced 29r was the Gary Fisher Supercaliber 29 in 2002. And there were some small manufacturers making 700c wheeled off road bikes way before that.
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I gotta say-- that Cleland Landseer is just awesome. I love things built for a very specific purpose. That bike doesn't even need trails. Also looks delightfully mental.

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Here's some history.
http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...r-history.html

Gary Fisher/Trek was way more instrumental than anything Specialized did. Unless you're some weird Specialized collector, I can't see anything notable about a 29er from 2006...

The wikipedia page even says:
"Even companies that openly dismissed 29" as a bad idea or passing trend, Specialized and Turner, are bringing 29" wheels to market."
Although there is no reference associated...
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Bianchi sold a 700c mountain bike in the early '90s called the Project 7. They were limited by the then available narrow rims and 45mm knobby tires.
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Bianchi sold a 700c mountain bike in the early '90s called the Project 7. They were limited by the then available narrow rims and 45mm knobby tires.
This is interesting. I was putting 45 knobbies on my 700 wheel Hybrid in the early 90's. I couldn't find any more after I wore out the first pair.
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Malvern Star sold a 29er in 1954 called a Digiradoomee, it was a true hybid dragster with chrome bell and a banana seat.

It looked a bit like this, but with much bigger wheels obviously.


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The guy is confusing 29er with the first mass produced mountain bike. Specialized was the first to do that.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialized_Stumpjumper
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
The guy is confusing 29er with the first mass produced mountain bike. Specialized was the first to do that.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialized_Stumpjumper
In the early 80's....
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Old 04-15-17, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
The guy is confusing 29er with the first mass produced mountain bike. Specialized was the first to do that.
That honor goes to Univega, which released the Alpina Sport a week before the Stumpjumper.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
That honor goes to Univega, which released the Alpina Sport a week before the Stumpjumper.
I think the last word has been said. If anyone knows, it's going to be our good Mr Kelly.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
That honor goes to Univega, which released the Alpina Sport a week before the Stumpjumper.
You missed the key words "mass produced"
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Guitar Ted has an in-depth post about the history and background of the modern 29er:

Guitar Ted Productions: The Beginnings Of The Modern 29"er: A History

Here is where to get started.
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Surly's Karate Monkey popularized the 29er and Gary Fisher's Dual Sport line, a hybridized 29er, made it mainstream.

The progenitors of the big-wheeled, ginormous tire 700c bike we have today.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
You missed the key words "mass produced"
The Univega Alpina Sport was made in a Japanese factory just like the Stumpjumper. The first Stumpjumper production run was only a few hundred bikes.
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