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Why a 29 wheel? What does this do for you as opposed to a regular mountain bike?
Didn't see this addressed in the FAQs.
 

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It's definitely in there. Dig a little more or go test ride one.
 

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I read and understood the theory but it wasn't until I finally bought one a few days ago and got it out on the trail did I TRULY understand. I am 100% convinced though that is not to say that 26" wheels don't still have their place. And some folks will still just prefer the smaller bikes. But for me, never again will I take a 26er on the trail.
 

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It rolls, and it rolls. Today I took my classic 2004 Fisher X-caliber for a spin with a buddy on his GT Force team carbon 26er FS. There was a rooty section of the trail where I roll over without lifting the front end and he endoed really bad on the same root. That is the difference, rollin' in my 2.9!

For XC and aggressive XC, 29ers are hard to beat. I rode my 5 spot for one last time and could not wait to get back on the big wheels.
 

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Nubster said:
I read and understood the theory but it wasn't until I finally bought one a few days ago and got it out on the trail did I TRULY understand. I am 100% convinced though that is not to say that 26" wheels don't still have their place. And some folks will still just prefer the smaller bikes. But for me, never again will I take a 26er on the trail.
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It rolls, and it rolls. Today I took my classic 2004 Fisher X-caliber for a spin with a buddy on his GT Force team carbon 26er FS. There was a rooty section of the trail where I roll over without lifting the front end and he endoed really bad on the same root. That is the difference, rollin' in my 2.9!

For XC and aggressive XC, 29ers are hard to beat. I rode my 5 spot for one last time and could not wait to get back on the big wheels.
1+ I rode my SS rigid 29er HT and geared FS 26er back to back on the same trail/loop this past week. What did I learn? The 29er was a much better climber than the 26er and overall much more enjoyable to ride. So much more enjoyable that I purchased a Fox F29 fork and I plan to get rid of the 26er now.
 

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Being in control vs. being a passenger. It gives more satisfaction to drive your own Ariel Atom than to let your chauffeur do it for you. That's why limo's have chauffeurs in suits. It's a job, and someone's got to do it.
 

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Why not?

aacdemay said:
Why a 29 wheel? What does this do for you as opposed to a regular mountain bike?
When I bought my first mountain-bike, I remember asking a bike shop guy why mountain bikes ran one size wheel and road bikes another. He didn't really have a good answer for me. (This was many years ago). Now I don't need to ask anymore :thumbsup: .
 
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