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  • 26" full suspension

    Votes: 10 62.5%
  • 29" hardtail

    Votes: 6 37.5%
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Depends what type of riding you prefer and how tall you are.

They are two very different rides.

Also depends on where else you may ride...if you frequent the Westchester trails etc.

Best bike is all relative to whom is doing the riding.

Given the choices stated, I would go with the 26" full suspension.

Unless I want to ride just the pump track and small dirt jumps, then I would rather be on a hardtail.
 

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I second the 26" full suspension option ive rode cunningham with a 26" ht and enjoyed it but didnt fully fall in love with cunningham till i received my 26" full suspension, helped make some of the rough spots alot easier
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I'm in the market for a new bike and, since Cunningham will be getting the bulk of my riding time, I'm looking for a good 'fit'.

I know which way I'm leaning but I don't want to provide too much info so as not to skew the results.

Thanks so far.:thumbsup:
 

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i'm too short for 29", but i have twice as much fun in Cunningham on my 26 full suspension than in my 26 hardtail. I do ride them both on a good cycle, only because the hardtail is without a doubt faster.
 

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i take it from your name "Big L", you would fit nicely on a 29er. that being said, i don't ride cunningham much but I when I'm riding a 26 hardtail and it suits me fine. are you going to be doing alot of extreme or advanced riding? if so, i guess go with the FS, but i have no need for 1.
 

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Why not a full suspension 29er? I bought a Kona Hei Hei for trail riding, and I like a short travel 29er for anything less than all mountain and freeride. As far as being "too short", that is an old stigma, 29er geometry and handling has been refined to rival 26ers. Willow Koerber (sp?) is kicking ass on 29ers, and she's a hair over 5ft tall I understand.
 

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I voted 29" ONLY because it was a HT (not really a fan of 29ers). For fast riding at CHP, I do not really see the need for either of the bikes, but I would deffinatley change my vote to 26" fully if you're doing some tech riding, occasional off the island.
 

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back in the day i biked cunningham on a raleigh glacier rigid. if i was biking there now i'd probably pick up a single speed:thumbsup:
 

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jkmacman said:
back in the day i biked cunningham on a raleigh glacier rigid. if i was biking there now i'd probably pick up a single speed:thumbsup:
I am with you i use to ride there with a Klein pinnacle with RS mag 21 SL that was the good days. OT but now i need a 6+ travel bike to ride winter park..
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Thanks for the votes/info folks!

I ended up going with a Giant Trance X3.

Should be picking it up this week. Pics to follow...
 

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Good Choice:thumbsup: I don't own a Trance but I work part-time at Whiteface Mtn during the summer and we rent the Trance for the x-c trails and the bottom half of the mtn. The Trances held up very well to rental use and gnarly trails. Now get that thing dirty!
 
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