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Old 11-01-07, 06:37 PM
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29er or not?

I took a test ride today on a 2006 Gary Fisher Paragon. Prior, I had been set on a brand new Giant XtC-1. The guy trying to sell me the Fisher for $1,400 said 29ers have "all" the advantages. Is that truly the case? Is it a no-brainer to opt for 29-inch wheels? I compete in three or four adventure races a year, and otherwise aggresively ride trails in eastern Pennsylvania. I also like the feel of the new Stumpjumper, but wonder why a bike without disc brakes costs $1,400. Please let me know what you know. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-07, 06:55 PM
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The 2006 Paragon should have discs...

http://www.fisherbikes.com/archive/model/228/fullspecs

Not to question the integrity of your dealer, but I'd question their integrity and/or product knowledge.
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Old 11-01-07, 07:10 PM
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I think if you're tall, 29ers can be proportionally better. or something. I like my karate monkey. It does feel a bit monsterous sometimes.
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Old 11-01-07, 07:22 PM
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29ers aren't just for tall people
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i think he is trying to move the 29er.

you should probably view a 29er as simply different, not better. if cost were not an option, i think more mtb'ers would have a 29er just to have something else.

with that said, i also don't think you would be sorry if you went with the 29er
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Old 11-02-07, 06:13 AM
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I just bought a Redline D460 29er and even though I've only had it about a month there are some definite advantages. The acceleration is a little slower but once you get going there are some momentum advantages to the larger wheels. They do roll over things easier. Faster cornering with the increased contact patch of the tire. My bike is also a rigid and it isn't as rough on me as I thought it would be. I do notice in some tighter areas that the bigger front wheel takes a little more effort to steer but I'm still new to 29er's.
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