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Old 04-23-08, 07:32 PM
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29ers, real or fad?

I am getting all new mountain bikes this week. All mine are 26" but I am thinking about switching from Trek to Specialized and going with 29 instead of 26. Will the 29's be a several year thing or are they here to stay?
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I am getting all new mountain bikes this week. All mine are 26" but I am thinking about switching from Trek to Specialized and going with 29 instead of 26. Will the 29's be a several year thing or are they here to stay?
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IIRC there's a pro who races on a 29'er and loves it. I also hear he's pretty fast on them as well. He said the only time he wouldn't use a 29'er is on steep courses since when you get below a certain speed, re-accelerating the bike with each pedal stroke gets tiring. I've ridden 29'er for a short period. They definitely role better over crap, but it's true that the acceleration is slightly more difficult from standstills and up hill.


I want one.


PS- The rider is four-time national champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.
29er are sick.
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I am going to use these as my commuters, relaxation, off road, do-everything ride. I buy my bikes in group anywhere from 2 to 5 at a time so they all feel the same or I will just buy one of each color, usually two or three bikes total. I need to make a wise choice, which I never do anyway.
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I am going to use these as my commuters, relaxation, off road, do-everything ride. I buy my bikes in group anywhere from 2 to 5 at a time so they all feel the same or I will just buy one of each color, usually two or three bikes total. I need to make a wise choice, which I never do anyway.
Get a 29er and mount 700c slicks for commuting. /problem
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Ride one and see if you like it. If you don't then don't buy one.
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I buy my bikes in group anywhere from 2 to 5 at a time ...or I will just buy one of each color...

Must be nice.
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if you are going to buy 2-5 why not buy one 29er and one 26er? I think both have their advantages and if buying multiple bikes I would buy different types.

I don't have one, but i believe they are here to stay i would not worry about that, all the major companies make them. and nothing is proprietary like Cannondale forks.
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Split the difference, go 27.5
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just a fad, kind of like disc brakes. you won't hear about either one in another year or so


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just a fad, kind of like disc brakes. you won't hear about either one in another year or so


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No, they're not real. They're just rumors.
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Its a real fad that will be around for a while.
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actually, 29ers are the best thing since sliced bread.

that's what i heard anyway. not sure if it is true. so i snagged a soma juice frame--midnight silver no brake bosses. it is sweet, but i am not building it yet.

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Why would it? Even if running rim brakes only the tires would be different. The rest of the wheel is the same. 29er = 700c.
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Thank you never and MS. I deleted my post because MX helped me to understand it. I thought 700 = 27 inch. Sorry.
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Thank you never and MS. I deleted my post because MX helped me to understand it. I thought 700 = 27 inch. Sorry.
Yeah, the c on 700c isn't a measurement, it's a designation.
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Originally Posted by white_feather View Post
I am going to use these as my commuters, relaxation, off road, do-everything ride. I buy my bikes in group anywhere from 2 to 5 at a time so they all feel the same or I will just buy one of each color, usually two or three bikes total. I need to make a wise choice, which I never do anyway.
Aren't the 29ers like the 'dubz' of the bike world? Honestly, why wouldn't you?
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29ers are the cat's pajamas
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There are no such thing as 29"ers.
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29ers are the shizzle!
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Barry Wicks and Ryan Trebon are both racing on 29er's this year for the world cup. A few GF/Subaru guys are doing so as well.
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29ers are the cat's pajamas
Sorry to burst your bubble, but cats don't wear pajamas.

Internet dwelling cats excluded.
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If you really want to rile people up, get a Carver 96er - 26" rear wheel, 29" front.
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Is the 29er a fad? No, but some will disagree, consider the following:
Well, some folks at Suntour thought index "click" shifting was a fad. Once the buying public gets tired of the "click", they'll come back to friction shifters.
Schwinn thought mountain biking was a fad, after all, the public will get tired of riding in the woods.
What do you think?
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