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Old 05-02-12, 04:45 PM
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Help my mind hurts

hey guys im a noob to mouuntain biking and am looking for my first bike. I know i should go hardtail just dont know if i should go 26 or 29 or expensive or cheap. I was looking for spending about 700-1000 but dont know if i should spend more and keep the bike for a while or less and upgrade ahhh ( soo many choices). The type of riding i will be doing is trail and some technical stuff, maybe eved down the line racing. SO yeah need opinions plzzz thanks alot.oh and im a 6'3 boy that weight 255 if thagt helps and ive been riding bikes for a while . thanks again
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Old 05-02-12, 04:51 PM
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For your height, a 29er would make more sense than a 26" bike.

For what to buy, whatever you look at, try to get what you want initially, as it will be cheaper to buy a complete bike in the spec you want now, rather than buy a lower priced one, and upgrade as time goes on.
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Old 05-02-12, 05:02 PM
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sweet thanks alot man apreciate it. is the 29 going to limit me at all if i get better?
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I would have to agree with jimc101 on a 29er. With your budget I would also say hardtail, the full suspension 29ers are big bucks. Check out the local bike shops, test ride everything 26,29,& 650B. Go with the bike and the shop which feels the best. Enoy the shopping!

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Old 05-03-12, 09:29 AM
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I'm 6' 1" and I've been on a 26" for two years now with no regrets. You should definitely try both though if you can, I found out that I was drawn to the smaller wheel size because I felt more agile and comfortable. That being said, the 26" does make for some grittier riding over roots and rocks, while 29ers seem to glide along. Good luck, and have fun!
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I'm 6'3" and 225. I have been on a 26 for @20 years now. I resist change! Find a bike that looks good and feels great in the crappy areas. You will enjoy the heck out of whatever you get.
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Twenty-niners slice through stuff that twenty-sixers can only dream about. They also hold the line better. However, twenty-sixers do accelerate faster. That said, the following are my recommendations:

The KHS Tucson ~ $1300
1) www.khsbicycles.com/02_tucson_12.htm

The KHS Tempe ~ $1030
2) www.khsbicycles.com/02_tempe_12.htm

The Jamis Exile Comp ~ $1100
3) www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/hardtails/exile/12_exilecomp.html

The Surly Ogre ~ $1500
4)
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/ogre

* All slightly over budget, but well worth it!

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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Twenty-niners slice through stuff that twenty-sixers can only dream about. They also hold the line better.
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You'd think if you're worried about wheel strength, you'd want smaller wheels. Less leverage on the spokes/hub because of a smaller radius.

There was a time when all the companies were gearing for a big marketing push for 24" wheels. Ride what you want to ride and can afford. If it takes a 29er to get you out the door, then by all means, but the benefits of one over the other is so marginal, especially for recreational riders, that they're largely personal preference. What I'm trying to say is that just because 29ers are new and cool, doesn't mean that you can't ride a 26" and have the time of your life.
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You'd think if you're worried about wheel strength, you'd want smaller wheels. Less leverage on the spokes/hub because of a smaller radius.

There was a time when all the companies were gearing for a big marketing push for 24" wheels. Ride what you want to ride and can afford. If it takes a 29er to get you out the door, then by all means, but the benefits of one over the other is so marginal, especially for recreational riders, that they're largely personal preference. What I'm trying to say is that just because 29ers are new and cool, doesn't mean that you can't ride a 26" and have the time of your life.
eggzactly. most 29er rims are limp noodles compared to the same rim, hub, and spoke gauge in a 26 inch wheel. not to mention heavier.
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sweet thanks everyone for the help. i think im just going to continue trying out diffrent sizes. im really liking the 29 though. i thought it would be awkward and heavy but handled real nice and was just as easy as the 26 to wheelie and hop. thanks again for all the input
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sweet thanks everyone for the help. i think im just going to continue trying out diffrent sizes. im really liking the 29 though. i thought it would be awkward and heavy but handled real nice and was just as easy as the 26 to wheelie and hop. thanks again for all the input
Good luck man. Sounds like you are on the right path so far. I would add that you should spend your money where it matters. Most important is your frame (get something that feels comfortable and fits well), wheels, and then fork. Groupsets really don't matter as much as the other parts of your bike. Oh and don't skimp on tires....very important.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Twenty-niners slice through stuff that twenty-sixers can only dream about.
sippin on that 29er kool-aid hard.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Twenty-niners slice through stuff that twenty-sixers can only dream about. They also hold the line better.
Of course, this means if you find yourself on the wrong line, it's that much more difficult to correct for on a 29er.

One isn't better than the other. Some of us will be on 26" wheels until the end of time.
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