29 inch wheels changed mountain biking for me. 3 years ago, I was on my way out. I was sick of breaking parts and feeling like a monster on a 26 inch toy. I got my first 29 in Nov of 03, and have had nothing but fun since. Custom bikes made it even better for me and made it not only fun, but correct and fast. It's not even all-about the speed.
I had Scotty scan my dilithium crystals and it turns out they were less depleted after riding with 24 inch wheels than with 26 inch wheels. But, as Lance Armstrong might've said, "It's Not About The Crystals".
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