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Old 08-24-10, 12:31 PM
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28 Inch VS 29 err

As I have mentioned a few times already I'm out looking to purchase my first "real" mountain bike. Currently I am riding an old Mongoose hard tail and I can't stand it! I have been trying to do all the research that I can before I make this purchase. There a a ton of bikes out there ranging anywhere from $1,000.00 -$6,000.00 and up. I really don't want to spend more than $2,500.00 I'm not looking to do any competitions well at least not for now.

Right now I have been doing a lot of trail riding for some long distance rides; 50 plus miles. I like more of the true mountain bike trails. The one thing I know for sure is that i want a full suspension bike. I have herd a lot of conflicting reports from look at the components your getting to just make sure the bike feels comfortable. Now I'm starting to see more of these 29" bikes come out. I have herd reports that they are better for running over larger objects such as roots, rocks, and logs. On the other had you loose mobility and they take a lot more energy to ride.

I would appreciate any help or suggestions I can get. I don't know if this helps or not but I'm only 5'8 and lbs but I am very strong. I have been told that I should get a medium frame bike.

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The current wheel sizes are 26", 29" and 650B (27.5"). There's not much support for 650B at the moment.

With the amount of money you're planning on spending, you really need to get out and demo some bikes on your local trails. The 29ers are popping up everywhere and mostly get good reviews, but remember the 2010 Leadville 100 race was won on a 26" full suspension bike. Fourth place went to a 26" hardtail. The small wheels are still competitive no matter what anyone says, but you should take the time to test ride both.
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Why are you dead set on a FS bike?
Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......
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