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Seeing some media wonks reporting from Sun Valley, Idaho that Scott Bikes announced one 29"er model. An aluminum hardtail. 2010 model. No other details as yet.

Interesting to see companies that formerly said they would not be doing 29"ers now offering at least one bike to fill a niche for dealers. If nothing else, more choices should see more aftermarket parts availability, at least.
 

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Funny, I was just thinking today of the many companies that either said they wouldn't or local self proclaimed bike gurus said they wouldn't EVER make 29er tires/frames/forks/pedals/grips and so on.
 

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I could bash the big companies for taking so long, but in the end I just want to ride bikes. I think these look good. I like the geo numbers too. I probably won't ever buy a big production bike again, but if I did these would be at the top of my list. I think the frames look pretty good (although I'd like to see closeups). Maybe I would buy a SS model...
 

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The companies that embraced it in the first place will continue to do well. The ones that "me too!" much later will take time to get momentum. I suppose Scott will make a 2.34534534lb carbon frame and will claim that it is stronger than that stuff in wolverines skeleton.

 

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With all these new entries....it will be interesting who makes it and who doesn't in this limited market.(limited meaning: soft economy and real 29er buyer).

Will the market get flooded with hack jobs or cookie cutter low level bikes? Or too many high end bikes with out buyers.

Back in the late 90's during cyclocross' initial boom, a lot of main stream mfgr's jumped on board. Some built nice stuff, many did hack jobs. It glutted the market and the mfgr's all said it was a dead market.
Now many of them have come back into the cross market with nicer bikes.

Only real sales dollars will drive the development, production and accessory market.
 

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I always liked Scott bikes. In fact, when I was building my DJ I was so close to picking up a Voltage. Very burly aluminum frame.

I wonder if they'll make their 29er the same way? I certainly haven't seen anything more stout that a Simon Bar, aside from your full suspension Lenz.
 

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I know this is not really the place to bring this up, but it is getting hard to find a quality 26 inch hardtail FRAME in the US these days. Salsa discontinued the Moto Rapido, Orbea no longer offers the 26 Lanza in the US, etc. I think as companies are adding 29ers, they are offering fewer 26 choices. Maybe Niner was right regarding 29ers taking over the MTB industry??
 

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Manicmtbr said:
I know this is not really the place to bring this up, but it is getting hard to find a quality 26 inch hardtail FRAME in the US these days. Salsa discontinued the Moto Rapido, Orbea no longer offers the 26 Lanza in the US, etc. I think as companies are adding 29ers, they are offering fewer 26 choices. Maybe Niner was right regarding 29ers taking over the MTB industry??
If there is one place that 29ers rise and shine, it is in a hardtail config (even more so SS). I can see how 29ers are making strong inroads into the limited 26er hardtail market.
 

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Manicmtbr said:
I know this is not really the place to bring this up, but it is getting hard to find a quality 26 inch hardtail FRAME in the US these days. Salsa discontinued the Moto Rapido, Orbea no longer offers the 26 Lanza in the US, etc. I think as companies are adding 29ers, they are offering fewer 26 choices. Maybe Niner was right regarding 29ers taking over the MTB industry??
There is a huge glut of overlap in mid range hard tails...and the market is getting smaller with the economy,lower price good f/s and 29er's....and if they aren't selling, the weaker mfgr's are going to get rid of them.

The same could happen when all the mfgr's make mid level 29's.
 

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Ok, someone messed with this thread and hijacked it with spamaroni. Thanks Jeremy for reporting. User is banned, blocked and deleted :)

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If there is one place that 29ers rise and shine, it is in a hardtail config (even more so SS). I can see how 29ers are making strong inroads into the limited 26er hardtail market.
I think this is all about replacing the "performance hardtail" niche that demised due to the popularity of short travel hardtails. This is probably why there are still very few "cheapo" 29ers with crappy parts.
 

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Guitar Ted said:
The bike in front is the new 29"er. (Pic cred to Carlton Reid http://quickrelease.tv/ )
Damn! I want that bad and I don't even ride a 29er right now. Hell, considering owning one has for the most part been nothing more than a fleeing thought but that just looks bad a$$. That might be my next Scale to compliment the Scale 50 that I ride now.
 
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