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I've been toying with the idea of getting one of the titanium motobecaines and the benefits of a 69er appeal to me I don't know though wether I should get the 29 and put a 26 on the back or get the 26 and put a 29 on the front. If I do the latter I'm a little lacking in the knowledge dept. when it comes to picking a fork setup that will work on that bike and wether the way the frames setup geometrically wether it'll work. I guess what I' m asking for is a little guidence.
 

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While I am not well versed in 69ers, I would imagine you would want to run the 29er up front since the benefits of a 29 inch wheel include its ability to roll over obstacles easier. As for the rest, I have no clue...
 

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IMHO , run a 29er front end on the 26er . Changing the fork is not that big an issue , just make sure that the steerer is long enough or pay someone to complete the job for you . Good luck .

P.S. I would just buy and ride the 29er but that's just my preference . YMMV .
 

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The whole reason I want a 69 is that I'd like a bike that is more manuverable, I'd like to be able to do wheelies and bunny hop the way I used to on a bmx bike. Plus , I want to be able to ride over big obstacle with a little more stability. The guys that reviewed the motobecane were saying that the downhill stability was a little squirelly. So, I figured a 29" wheel on the front would help in that respect. The bike I have now is a good bike but its 30 years old and I'd rather have a bike that's not so front heavy if you can understand that.
 

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bigbbs said:
The whole reason I want a 69 is that I'd like a bike that is more manuverable, I'd like to be able to do wheelies and bunny hop the way I used to on a bmx bike. Plus , I want to be able to ride over big obstacle with a little more stability. The guys that reviewed the motobecane were saying that the downhill stability was a little squirelly. So, I figured a 29" wheel on the front would help in that respect. The bike I have now is a good bike but its 30 years old and I'd rather have a bike that's not so front heavy if you can understand that.
The Moto is not an all mountain or free ride bike , there are much better choices IMHO .
 

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putting a 29er on the front of a 26er frame may result in your feet kicking the wheel during turns, due to the frame not being designed for such large wheel. a 650b up front should work just fine though and may give you the performance you are looking for.
 

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Yeah, I need to get something with a longer wheel base too, I'm 6-5 it's hard to find a bike that'll fit me right. You guys know who makes an indestructable rim I just went riding with my kid, He told me I was gonna wreck I was on top of this hill that was probably 50 or 60 degrees, about a 100 feet high did fine till I got to the bottom and was headed straight for a ditch so I laid it down and went rollin' bent the s**t out of my back rim......shoulda listened
 

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Yeah, I need to get something with a longer wheel base too, I'm 6-5 it's hard to find a bike that'll fit me right. You guys know who makes an indestructable rim I just went riding with my kid, He told me I was gonna wreck I was on top of this hill that was probably 50 or 60 degrees, about a 100 feet high did fine till I got to the bottom and was headed straight for a ditch so I laid it down and went rollin' bent the s**t out of my back rim......shoulda listened
Get the 26" and put 650's front and back! Solve alll you're probs.
 

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Az.mtn. has a good point, maybe I do need an all mountain, anyone got any suggestions I'd like a reasonably priced bike that's light
 

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Went into the bike shop today to get a new rim and walked out with a specialized P3 with a bunch of good parts on 9 gears on the back for 350 I am stoked!!!!!! So much for geting a motobecaine now all I need to do is figure out a good fork setup for it so I can put a 29 on the front. I'm having a hard time figuring out which category I should be in here, I do plan on making this a 69er but should I be in the downhill category? I'm getting tired of talking to myself,. A little help please......................
 
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