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I have a cannondale trail 6, and i was wondering if it would be a good idea? What are the advantages/disadvantages? I mostly ride moderate trails ( since im kinda new ) but i hoping to try harder trails soon.

He are some pics of my bike as is... ( i probley need to upgrade my fork/ tire set up) can you guys give me some good options that wont break the bank.
 

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i'll make an attempt to answer....

it's personal preference.

riding, is 90% rider, 10% bike/equipment/gear/components/etc.

all that being said, if you want to try it out, get an 80mm travel reba, and any old disc 29er front wheel, swap it over and try it out
 

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onespeedpaul said:
i'll make an attempt to answer....

it's personal preference.

riding, is 90% rider, 10% bike/equipment/gear/components/etc.

all that being said, if you want to try it out, get an 80mm travel reba, and any old disc 29er front wheel, swap it over and try it out
Like:thumbsup:

X-fusion shocks seem to be cheap as well, and 650b on the front would be another alternative. I've ridden my Flash (I think the same frame) with a 650b on the front and 26 on the rear and it is/was a decent set-up. It's a very agile bike.
 

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HELLLLLL NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Don't "B" silly..... 26+650B =2650B

69er = The front tire writes checks the back tire can't cash!!!!:nono:

My buddy "tried" that once.....then got another bike.
 

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I personally feel that a 29er is too clumsy and sluggish in tight technical stuff, where a 650b seems to hit the spot just right. It all depends on your size and riding style though, nobody else can tell you what would work out best for you. Right now I'm enjoying a 2.3 650b NeoMoto up front and a 2.2 26" Cinder out back.
 

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yeah im 6'1 and 190 pounds and still gonna grow a little... i think 650b would be a good idea. im probley going to first get a 650b Neo-Moto and when i get more and more confident and take harder trails ill get the rear
 

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I Just Did.

Ditched The Suspension Fork (marzocchi) And Squeezed A Beautiful 29" American Classic Wheel Into A Suspension Adjusted 26" Fork (surly Instigator - But Plan To Change To Something Lighter.

I Love It After Just One Ride. The Big Wheel Up Front Just Bowls Over Roots And Bumps While The Small Wheel Behind Scrambles You Up Anything Like A Goat.

Rooty/rocky Climbs That I Used To Struggle Up Are A Breeze.

Do It! Right Now I Can't Afford A Complete New Build So This Is My Only Way To Try Wagon Wheels But I'm Not Sure Yet If A Big Wheel Behind Me Might Just Be A Bit Cumbersome...
 

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What about on a 5.5" FS? I have a Cannondale Prophet that I'd like to try it on....
 

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i just built up a whole new 96er last week, '11 trance X frame w/ reba maxle 120mm 29er on the front, conti mtn king 29/26 2.4's for the tires... it's a damn good bike if i do say so myself!
 

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i just built up a whole new 96er last week, '11 trance X frame w/ reba maxle 120mm 29er on the front, conti mtn king 29/26 2.4's for the tires... it's a damn good bike if i do say so myself!
How Does it handle? what kind of trails do you ride?
 

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I too have drank the 96er kool-aid & ordered a 29er RockSux Tora 100mm fork
and a Sun SR25 29er wheel w/ sram hub. Doing a lot of research on riding and also
the law of physics, it seems only natural that a bike should have a 29er up front for
climbing & general mountain obstacles and a rear 26er to follow along.

Basically its like a good-priced hand dolly cart. Where the front wheels are larger
diameter and the trailing rear wheels are smaller so you can roll over small obstacles without getting caught on a sidewalk crack, etc.

In fact the reason 26 wheels were chosen for mountain riding is because they were the
only diameter used on bike cruisers and plenty available. Now that society has (NOT EVERYONE) an open mind, looking outside the box, we realize that there are other alternatives.

Wish me luck. I am converting a 5.5 rear travel bike.
 

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this kind of riding:




at high speeds it handles nice and neutral, easy to manual/unweight the front wheel, pedal strikes are now rare.. confidence inspiring so to speak. the only real compromise, (and i wouldn't really call it all that much of a compromise) is in low speed climbing, just have to be conscious how easy to wheelie.
 

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this kind of riding:
at high speeds it handles nice and neutral, easy to manual/unweight the front wheel, pedal strikes are now rare.. confidence inspiring so to speak. the only real compromise, (and i wouldn't really call it all that much of a compromise) is in low speed climbing, just have to be conscious how easy to wheelie.
If you flip that stem over, it should be a cheap/easy fix.
 

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onespeedpaul said:
this kind of riding:

at high speeds it handles nice and neutral, easy to manual/unweight the front wheel, pedal strikes are now rare.. confidence inspiring so to speak. the only real compromise, (and i wouldn't really call it all that much of a compromise) is in low speed climbing, just have to be conscious how easy to wheelie.
Maybe it is because your ass is way back from the saddle. I'm still trying the find out why you are in such an extreme position in the second photo...
 

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You beat me to it :eek:ut: Was going to also ask why on that gradual slope were you hanging way off the back like that. As to the front coming up, as said, flip that stem and that should solve your problems with wheel wonder/lift on climbs.
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Maybe it is because your ass is way back from the saddle. I'm still trying the find out why you are in such an extreme position in the second photo...
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this kind of riding:

at high speeds it handles nice and neutral, easy to manual/unweight the front wheel, pedal strikes are now rare.. confidence inspiring so to speak. the only real compromise, (and i wouldn't really call it all that much of a compromise) is in low speed climbing, just have to be conscious how easy to wheelie.
 

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looks lame yes, but that was a landing after a little air off that set of rollers behind me...

anyways...if i said it wasn't all that much of a compromise to me, why would i want to flip the stem and compromise in the other direction////// it's personal preference around here stlll right?!
 
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