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I wouldn't say you are schmuck if you are some recreational racer, who is buying his own bike, and who doesn't feel like buying fe 1000eur/usd worth bike every year. So yes, I'm still staying with my 26er. But I'm pretty sure I will be on 29er as soon as I buy new bike, which hopefully won't happen in next year or two. Or if there's anyone out there, who would like to give me new bike as sponsor deal, I'm happy to take it and change it every season, or twice during season whatever suites you :)
 

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I know, but I'm not buying 26er every year either, so 29er will need to wait until I will buy new bike. And I'm buying it when this one won't do anymore, not because 29er is really popular now, so I would need to have it. I believe it's faster and everything, but for this what I need, I have other, much cheaper things where I can get much bigger difference in speed then with 3" bigger wheels :)
 

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Convert your bike to 27.5 to avoid being a schmuk! Haha. While a 29er hardtail might be a little more comfy over the bumps, it is not that big of a difference no matter what anyone says.

26" bikes do look funny now...especially with a rider over 6' tall.
 

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Convert your bike to 27.5 to avoid being a schmuk! Haha. While a 29er hardtail might be a little more comfy over the bumps, it is not that big of a difference no matter what anyone says.

26" bikes do look funny now...especially with a rider over 6' tall.
A 26" wheeled XL frame does look wrong...
 

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A 26 is fine (I rode one for years) but I must say I do ride faster on my 29 (more PRs and placings are better--and it's not placebo). The 29 carries momentum better than a 26. I'm 6-0 and the 29 fits me way better. I still see lots of 26s in the field.
 

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I have a lot of bikes in many different wheel sizes and suspension configurations but all with nearly identical parts. The time difference between bikes is so small that one would be tempted to say there isn't a difference. Each bike does something better then the others and each bike is a lot of fun on particular terrain aspects.

The old 26inch hardtail is a rocket ship, a twitchy rocket ship that is always trying to kill you but still a rocket ship.
 
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