Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-20-11, 08:10 AM   #1
Thread Starter
Rafy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bikes: Trek Marlin
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another 26er vs 29er Thread

Yep, like I said before I'm new over here and to the MTB Sport.

It's funny to me all this 26 vs 29 opinions cause in Surfing the sport I've done the last 23 years it's happening a similar thing. In surfing there is a strong trend of Quad boards(4 fins) vs the standard Thruster boards (3 fins).

Nowadays when a customer enetrs a surfshop interested in buying a surfboard the sales persons is very agressive trying to sell the Quads. Similar to what happend to me on Bikeshops 3 months ago when I was shopping around for my bike, every shop started always offering 29ers.

At the end of the day Quads vs Thrusters is a preference. My quiver of surfboards is composed of 7 boards 2 of them are Quads. I used my quads when waves are small because they are faster and when the waves get choppy they work well too. When waves get heavy I used my Thrusters. But this is my preference, lots of people use quads in heavy waves.

I eneded up buying a 29er, never had the oportunity to compare vs a 26er but I cant't complain about it. I like my GF Marlin 29er.

excuse my bad english...
Rafy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-11, 09:39 AM   #2
Senior Member
BigBlueToe's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
Posts: 3,392
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I'm building a 29er for a tour on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer. I'm having issues. The Tubus Swing rack I bought for the front doesn't fit. The fork legs are too far apart. (It fits on my 26" mountain bikes forks though.) Today I tried to hook my Bob trailer up. There's not enough clearance for the 29er wheels and fat tires. Aargh!
BigBlueToe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-11, 10:07 AM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lalaland
Bikes: two-wheelers
Posts: 473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
One can't have too many surfboards, that's for sure.I had a quad once (or maybe just used a friend's for a while) and it was fun. It rode differently.I finally settled on a shape that, to me, is the greatest shape ever: The Rusty Piranha. Even though it's a computerized mass production shape, it's still American made, Polyurethane foam, and the standard glass job.I ride it with a three-inch trailing fin, and large side fins. It's a trifin, but has the qualities of a quad. Wide tail, triple-wing swallowtail. It paddles like a longerboard and rides like a shorter board.Best shape ever.
Fairmont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-11, 05:32 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: In a crate
Posts: 371
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
26" are more fun, more sporty and more aggressive. Available parts, better parts

29" are more safe - the wheel size helps with cracks, harder to push and may hang you up in technical spots. Heavier, worse hill climb ever.

Really, when I build bikes for the shops around town, I do test them out. When I test them, I find a smile on my face with the 26" and not the 29". I'm a very technical rider, so the best way I can maneuver is the best choice.

BotByte is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:46 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.