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I spoke with my frame builder and we changed the order to a SS 29er. I am stoked. One main deciding factor to go 29er was the wider tires becoming available...that and a test ride on a 29er last weekend.

Problem is, my old Fox fork won't work. Now I have heard rumors that a rigid fork on a 29er is more compliant (smoother riding) than a 26er. I ran rigid on my 26er SS years ago but found out it was too harsh on my bad shoulder. To have the builder add a custom rigid fork is about $225 but to add a Reba to the order is about $400+. Anyone else have experience with this delima? Is the 29er rigid fork smoother than a 26er rigid fork?

Also, I will need to rebuild my wheels with new hoops. Does anyone make a 29er UST rim yet? 29er UST tires? I am sure UST tires are in the making, but until then, Stan's will do the trick.

Are there any other factors I need to consider for the 29er project?
 

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No UST, period. Anything in the pipeline you can't wait for. You might want to look at the NoTubes FR rims, if you have 32h hubs.

Yes 29" bikes in 99% of situation will send less shock to the arms/shoulders. Fork are longer (slightly flexier, when using same tubing), but more importantly : small bumps are ridden up over a longer stretch by 29". The 29" tire arrives are the bump (imagine a curb) sooner, and finishes it later. Smaller peak loads on the handlebars.
Some comfortable but affordable forks are offered by : On-One, Jenson/Zion, and other might add more. wider tires will help of course, and you'll likely be running 29" tires at a few psi lower than you would similar 26" tires.
Something that kept me from upgrading my (reall harsh, but light and strong) Surly fork, has been going to Jones H-Bars. Ideal for SS'ing : wide with some cush, and an aero position for spinning the flats. I'd suggest a combo of the above mentionned forks with an H-bar, for a lower price of a Reba and cheap broomstick. Even the Carbon On-One fork is not too expensive, and should be quite soft too. Do tell the builder which fork you'll be running, there's a huge difference in fork geometry between offerings. The On-One offering, with it's 47mm offset, should make designing the ideal bike easier for your builder.

Good news : you can sell the Fox.
 

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Thanks for the reply Cloxxki. I am looking at these rims:

Brand Width Weight Price Colors Disc/Rim Notes
Sun DS2-XC 23.42 470 $44.99 Black Disc
Salsa Delgado 29.00 490 $48.00 Black Disc UST not rec.
Stans 355 24.40 415 $85.00 Black Rim
Stans FR 32.00 600 $85.00 Black Disc
Mavic A317 23.00 500 $69.95 Black Disc
Halo Excite-R 24.00 560 $46.99 Black Rim
Bontrager Mustang 23.00 460 $60.00 Black Disc/Rim OSB
Alex TD17 23.90 560 $33.00 Black Disc
Velocity VXC 23.2 455 $55.00 MANY Disc
Velocity Dyad 24.00 480 $57.00 Bl, Sl Rim
WTB SpeedDisc 27.00 570 Black Disc
(All prices taken from Speedgoat.com)

I am leaning mostly towards the Salsa Delgado, but on their website is in big red print a warning not to use as a tubeless. Therefore, I may opt for the Bontrager or the Mavic A317. Seems like Stan is a little overpriced on his rims! I only weigh about 160-165 lbs camelback and all, so I can go a little lighter on the rims. I may even go with the Velocity VXC since they can offer special colors and my builder keeps them in stock. Though the Dyad looks good on paper, I have heard that their bead diameter is small and tubeless tires tend to slip off...I don't know if they have corrected this problem or not.

I decided on the RS Reba 80mm for the new 29er. My gut tells me not to trust Rock Shox again after my last Psylo, but the reviews on this fork have been stellar and maybe...just maybe RS has gotten their act together...we will see...
 

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Rims and Fork

Billy said:
Thanks for the reply Cloxxki. I am looking at these rims:

Brand Width Weight Price Colors Disc/Rim Notes
Sun DS2-XC 23.42 470 $44.99 Black Disc
Salsa Delgado 29.00 490 $48.00 Black Disc UST not rec.
Stans 355 24.40 415 $85.00 Black Rim
Stans FR 32.00 600 $85.00 Black Disc
Mavic A317 23.00 500 $69.95 Black Disc
Halo Excite-R 24.00 560 $46.99 Black Rim
Bontrager Mustang 23.00 460 $60.00 Black Disc/Rim OSB
Alex TD17 23.90 560 $33.00 Black Disc
Velocity VXC 23.2 455 $55.00 MANY Disc
Velocity Dyad 24.00 480 $57.00 Bl, Sl Rim
WTB SpeedDisc 27.00 570 Black Disc
(All prices taken from Speedgoat.com)

I am leaning mostly towards the Salsa Delgado, but on their website is in big red print a warning not to use as a tubeless. Therefore, I may opt for the Bontrager or the Mavic A317. Seems like Stan is a little overpriced on his rims! I only weigh about 160-165 lbs camelback and all, so I can go a little lighter on the rims. I may even go with the Velocity VXC since they can offer special colors and my builder keeps them in stock. Though the Dyad looks good on paper, I have heard that their bead diameter is small and tubeless tires tend to slip off...I don't know if they have corrected this problem or not.

I decided on the RS Reba 80mm for the new 29er. My gut tells me not to trust Rock Shox again after my last Psylo, but the reviews on this fork have been stellar and maybe...just maybe RS has gotten their act together...we will see...
My gut tells me not to trust Rock Shox again after my last Psylo, but the reviews on this fork have been stellar and maybe...just maybe RS has gotten their act together...we will see.

Most of us were in the same boat. I almost did not buy my Rig because of the Reba.:skep: . However after almost 2 years it has been a good fork (but not a Fox);) . You will need to run a much lower pressure than what is recommended. I am not 100% sure but the suggested settings are the same as the 26" fork. :confused:

As far as tubeless, Stans rims are better than any 26" UST system I have tried over the years. As far as the other rims you listed you should do a search. Some work good with the rim strip and some do not. The nice thing about Stans is they are light strong and do not require the rim strip. IME….. Nanos, Exis and Ignitors work great. No flats, burps nada in over a year.:thumbsup:

Good luck and welcome aboard!
 
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