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Old 08-25-13, 09:27 AM   #1
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sizing of a 29er vs. 26er.

I am looking at getting new 29er never road one but I am wondering about size/fit of the bike. If I ride a 56 cm roady and current mtb is 19.5 how is a 29er in relation. The geo is very different so will sizing hold true or run small or large? Any info is appreciated
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I don't own a 29er, but when I rented one earlier this year, the shop asked what size I ride and fixed me up with the same size frame as the 26er.
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You will simply have to test them out, there are too many variations. Some 29ers fit me better because I have a long torso and short legs. On 26ers I have to compromise between having a bike that is a little too tall or a bike that I feel cramped in. So go test a few out find the size that fits you best.
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It may depend on the make of the bike, but in general, the fit will be the same as far as frame size on a 26er vs. a 29er. As an example, I ride a 56cm road bike, and a 19" or 19.5" mountain bike, whether 26er or 29er. The geometry between the two will typically be different, yes; but in most cases, that's done to allow a rider to feel comfortable on the same frame size regardless of wheel size. The difference is really more about riding style than about size of the rider. If you like to jump over obstacles, and prefer twitchier, more nimble handling, then you might like a 26er; however, if you want greater momentum and more confidence in bombing over obstacles, then a 29er could be for you (then there's the 650b or so-called 27" wheels, but those are actually closer to 26" in size and handling than they are to being precisely in between 26" and 29"). The best bet is to go try them both out, if you have the opportunity, and see if you prefer the feel of one to the other.
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