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Old 03-17-15, 09:51 AM
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Been out with MTB for a long while, wondering what's the current trend? 29?

I have been out with MTB for a long while and didn't keep track of what's latest. My last MTB was the Specialized FSR XC (maybe I just dated myself, LOL)

Anyway, is MTB with 29" wheels the norm now and 26" wheels are gone? Whats a comparable bike to a Specialized FSR XC nowadays? (cross country full suspension)
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Old 03-17-15, 11:02 AM
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Most XC bikes are 29ers, but there are a few 27.5 options, particularly in smaller frame sizes. (Mfgs did figure out that a lot of people under 5'5" don't like big wheels.)

Where and what are you wanting to ride? Mid-travel bikes (5" - 6") are now quite efficient at pedaling, so I normally don't recommend an XC bike unless someone is going to race XC.
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pick a wheel size and be a "prick" about it
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pick a wheel size and be a "prick" about it


that's the most important thing.
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Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
I have been out with MTB for a long while and didn't keep track of what's latest. My last MTB was the Specialized FSR XC (maybe I just dated myself, LOL)

Anyway, is MTB with 29" wheels the norm now and 26" wheels are gone? Whats a comparable bike to a Specialized FSR XC nowadays? (cross country full suspension)
I too was an avid mtb guy in the 90's when the only option was 26". I returned recently and was amazed by the choices. I thought I would stick with my old mtb but found it too small. I went with a 29er but could easily have bought a 27.5 as well. The 27.5 feels better and more agile on the road but the 29er felt more comfortable on the trails. I'm 46 and a road bike whimp now so my jumping/technical days are done. Thus the 29er felt like the better choice.
try them both out and see which you like better. If you can try them both on the trail, as I personally did not care for the 29er until I did that.
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Old 03-19-15, 05:34 AM
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27.5 feels close to 26 to me, but 29 feels quite different. Ride them both to decide.

Don't freak out the wide bars/short stems these days, even on an XC rig. Don't show up on the trail with anything less than 700mm, which will feel like wrangling a Texas longhorn at first.
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honestly, in my parts 27.5 has taken over just about everything it seems. 26 for XC bikes is definately a completely dead platform but with that said how many years did people ride nothing but 26???? there are some deals to be had sometimes on 26ers. last year I bought a full suspension bmc 26er with SLX and XT components for under $1000. that was insane.
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It's incredible. I had a FSR XC and a Giant OCR-C full carbon road bike both manufactured within a few months of each other. The FSR-XC is gone, it's replacement, a Stumpjumper FSR is on life support, trying to be resurrected with 27.5 wheels while the Giant remains one of my main road rides, just upgraded the crank to Ultegra. It's still better than over half the bikes that show up at a given ride while the Stumpy that replaced the FSR-XC is totally outclassed by over half the bikes that show up at a trail. Just a quick comparison of how MTBs have evolved compared to road bikes.
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Old 03-27-15, 11:57 AM
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29ers if you like to roll over things and go fast in the open..

27.5 if you want a more playfull ride and like those bonus lines that scare beginners

The added rolling mass of the larger wheels n tires was not for me, I just didn't have the engines.
I ride where I need quick acceleration, often and over and over. Tight switch backs are for me so much more fun/easy on my 27.5"

Stronger and or Taller riders will get more out of the 29er than I could I'm sure.

Getting really good stiff lighter 29er wheels cost more, I also benefited from wider bars on my 29er, but going through tight tree's was a pain.

I would not even consider bars over 700mm wide on my 27.5, The lesser rolling mass and gyro effect of the smaller lighter wheel system IMO
makes wider bar's Irrelevant ..

If you ride in the open with 29ers you will work harder to keep up at big speeds on the 27.5" But you will leave them behind in the wilder stuff..

Best way to know for sure Is to rent both,, ride each for a day

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Old 03-28-15, 12:25 PM
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I was into biking in the 90's and got out for a while. Got into road biking and thought that would be it for me. I discovered a way to ride to work but 3 of the 8 miles was off road. Got out my 25 year old mountain bike and hated it. Decided to see what was out there. Did lots of research and then I rode on a 29er and fell in love. Got a Giant Revel (Entry level, cheap) and loving it. Upgrading as I go and can afford it. I would encourage you to take test rides and go with what you like based on that. Good luck!
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