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Re: Any 29ers here? [Mountain Bikes]

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29 might be good for predominantly downhill bikes but where do we stand in 2016 for cross country / all mountain bikes?
27.5" imo. The compromise diameter.

Got one (Scott Genius) last year and I find it an excellent balance between the larger and smaller wheeled varients.
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Re: Any 29ers here? [Mountain Bikes]

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29 might be good for predominantly downhill bikes but where do we stand in 2016 for cross country / all mountain bikes?
I'm not sure I've ever seen a commercially available 29er downhill bike. DH has just moved from 26 to 27.5 Up to last year a few brands were still using 26". XC is a mix of 27.5 and 29.
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Old 24.03.2016, 11:09
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Re: Any 29ers here? [Mountain Bikes]

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29 might be good for predominantly downhill bikes but where do we stand in 2016 for cross country / all mountain bikes?
Actually it's other way around.
DH bikes are still mostly 26 and 27.5 rigs for obvious wheel rigidity and solidity factors.

OTOH all mountain / Touring / Marathon and XC bikes are dominated by the 29ers.

Enduro racers - mixed bag of 27.5 and 29"

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Old 24.03.2016, 11:18
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Re: Any 29ers here? [Mountain Bikes]

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Actually it's other way around.
DH bikes are still mostly 26 and 27.5 rigs for obvious wheel rigidity and solidity factors.

OTOH all mountain / Touring / Marathon and XC bikes are dominated by the 29ers.

Enduro racers - mixed bag of 27.5 and 29"

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Around here DH is pretty well 100% 26". 29" is mainly restricted to hardtails - there are 29" FS in the shops but very much at the XC end and they don't seem to move very fast (judging by the number that were written down in the end of season sales last autumn). 27.5" is pretty well everything in between.

My own feeling with the 27.5" is that I have lost a little maneuverability but gained a lot in handling of bumps and ride comfort - more noticeable than I ever imagined before I got it.
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Around here DH is pretty well 100% 26". 29" is mainly restricted to hardtails - there are 29" FS in the shops but very much at the XC end and they don't seem to move very fast (judging by the number that were written down in the end of season sales last autumn). 27.5" is pretty well everything in between.

My own feeling with the 27.5" is that I have lost a little maneuverability but gained a lot in handling of bumps and ride comfort - more noticeable than I ever imagined before I got it.
From what I've seen down here on the italian front the 29" FS rigs -- especially Spesh Stump and Enduro -- seem to have found quite a following. I'd like to try to find someone to lend me a pair of 27.5+ wheels to try on my E29 as the overall size would be compatible

As far as prices are concerned - Hibike and Chain Reaction still have plenty of 29" FS marked down but if you look closely it's mostly on 2nd tier brands (Lapierre, Kona, Bergamont) and/or models.

Oh well. Back to the trailhead now let's rock...

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