Looks like there will be huge increase in 29ers available to Europeans next year. I'm interested because I've been living over here for 6 months and would like to replace my aging Mamasita. For me personally it's going to be great as I will get great selection. But overall, I fear the actual purchasing of 29ers will be a (big) dissapointment to the manufacturers. The races here (at least in my area near the alps) are very steep and long climbs on quite tame fireroads / forest roads. Ultralight 26ers rule this domain. The trail riding seems to be either big long tours on those roads or quite technical roots forest hiking paths. Again either a 26er hardtail or 26er all mountain bike would be the choice. Also, my impression is that local guys are obsessed with weight. Yes - 29ers can be light, but an equal 26er will always be lighter.