Seems the Big Wheel Fairy comes to the more talented riders last?
Is he going to retire soon, that he's sending the word out so loudly? Come, there's others who'd like to have a bit of an edge in try racing, please...
I have 2 distict biking hero's, good buddies of mine. One has embraced 29"ers, as they are bikes just the same. Actually, he lapped around a local trail with me, first on his favorite geary, then on a demo box stock Redline Monocog 29er. He found the difference between being dropped, and contending. And he knew I wasn't cutting him any slack the second lap. So, he went on to buy 29" bikes, and generally be a fast dude at another level. Agegroup SS wins, that sort of thing.
The other, is a bit more easily influence by role models and friends. The Scott, Specialized and Jeti type of riders. Loud mouthes who think they can make up for good arguments with decibels. So, my friend, whom I used to allow in front on singletrack as to not hold him up, know must know in his heart that the apprentice simple is a faster singletrack rider now, the one place where fitness (I suck) doesn't really matter much. Yet, he keeps buying bikes, of the small wheel variety, and may not even have granted big wheels a proper try, despite half a dozen club mates, among whom the above mentioned general nice guy.
As long as the loud mouthes remain "role models" of sorts (he is way more talented in reality), he will not own a 29"er, and will not speak out positively about them. I know in my heart, I won't be able to keep up with him when he one day makes the switch. I can take on pretty much anyone on our kind of singletrack, the kind where my tall shoulders limit my cornering radius. I lack the talent, and the experience (barely ride). On larger wheels, I can have him.
Some top racers have faced my back wheel disappearing a bit sooner around each next corner, acknowledged the fact behind my back to other, and not given in. Men can be so childish. Well, at least they're not sellouts, and are just sticking with their primal instict.