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I mean, it seems like a good idea and all, but is there any actual advantage to riding one:confused: I have, and it handled like a moose, but going over curbs was all nice and easy.. I don't want to be rude, but if someone could explain, I would be happy to hear their reasoning..
 

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StinkyFTW said:
I mean, it seems like a good idea and all, but is there any actual advantage to riding one:confused: I have, and it handled like a moose, but going over curbs was all nice and easy.. I don't want to be rude, but if someone could explain, I would be happy to hear their reasoning..
They've got a really active forum on here, that is for sure. I think 29ers are kind of like Mac computers. People who like them really get hooked. (And I'm not saying that in a bad way, I'm using a Mac. But I don't have a 29er... ...yet.)
 

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StompinStu said:
"Ohhhh, a 29er, you're cool "

<yawn> just another hating troll. I don't come on your board saying your bike sucks. Why bother coming here to question our riding preferences?
I'm not hating, I'm just wondering if there was an advantage to the 29er, when I rode one, I couldn't see any advantage(s) to it... And yes, my sig is sarcastic, but I'm a FR-DH rider, we're kind of elitist, not that that's good.. Further more, when did I ever say "your bike sucks- I'm better then everyone". Also, I'm not questioning your riding style, just wondering if there are any obvious advantages to a 29er.
 

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Well, I'd say my stinky can take anything/ get over anything that a 29er can.
I just bought a 29er hardtail without any real off-road experience on one. I am by no means a 29er zealot. For a hardtail, the idea just sounded good to me so I gave it a shot.

I will say that yes, in one ride I noticed some advantages. I noticed less trail chatter. I carried more speed through rock gardens. I was able to ride more confidently at speed, especially on rougher sections of the trail. I could get up large obstacles easier. Even though it was a bit slower to accelerate, i had to accelerate less often because the bike carried speed better and didn't lose as much momentum to rocks and roots.

But those are advantages of a 29er hardtail over a 26" hardtail, not advantages over a full suspension bike, especially a Stinky. Apples to Oranges there.

If you are into FR/DH, a 29er hardtail wouldn't be a fair comparison or a smart choice.

A full suspension 29er, however, has the advantage of sucking your bank account dry:p
 

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I do know that a riding buddy and I, who are really close in physical ability, were racing a little on one of our group rides. He was on a 29er hardtail and I was on my 26" full suspension bike with a stiff propedal setting. I would start to pull away from him on the straighter sections, but he could real me back in on the more twisty stuff.

Now how is that for an anecdotal example that could mean absolutely nothing, but maybe mean a lot?
 

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Now how is that for an anecdotal example that could mean absolutely nothing, but maybe mean a lot?
On an internet forum, what else do we have to offer? Lol.

Anecdotes, opinions, and BS. Ooh, and sexy pictures of bikes. Don't ever leave out the bike porn. Its the glue that holds this scary place together :p
 

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StinkyFTW said:
I mean, it seems like a good idea and all, but is there any actual advantage to riding one:confused: I have, and it handled like a moose, but going over curbs was all nice and easy.. I don't want to be rude, but if someone could explain, I would be happy to hear their reasoning..
Do us a favor, next time use the search function before you post up a topic that has been posted up hundreds of times. I typed in "advantage to 29er" and got all sorts of relevant results (and this thread).

http://forums.mtbr.com/search.php?searchid=6905791

Google is your friend.
 

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StinkyFTW said:
I mean, it seems like a good idea and all, but is there any actual advantage to riding one:confused: I have, and it handled like a moose, but going over curbs was all nice and easy.. I don't want to be rude, but if someone could explain, I would be happy to hear their reasoning..
It's all about personal preference, I guess, and part of that is what you choose to ride for terrain. I wouldn't try to tell you that my ss fr 29er is necessarily easier for this or that kind of riding compared to any other certain bike. But there aren't too many rides around here that I won't do. I guess sick long climbs might not work for me, and no big hucks, but that's not my interest.

I did ride a full suspension 26bike- once- and my riding buds said I had never ridden so well. It really was awesome to feel like I was gliding over the rocks and roots. Then I test rode this guy's ridgid steel 29er ss the next day and bought it on the spot.

For me, my preference is to not feel like the bike is doing the work for me. This may limit me form doing really extreme terrain, but so what? When I am feeling spot on on a ride, be it on climbs, negotiating the rough stuff, whatever, then I know I am doing it. When I'm having trouble with that stuff then I know I've got some more work to do. Sometimes I get the s*** kicked out of me, sometimes I own the trail.

I can say that I had a habit of endoing on 26ers and I don't have that problem now, and I fidn the KM is actually pretty nimble. Peace.
 

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What are the advanage's of DH/FR rigs?

I mean, it seems like a good idea and all, but is there any actual advantage to riding one I have, and it handled like a moose, but going over curbs was all nice and easy.. I don't want to be rude, but if someone could explain, I would be happy to hear their reasoning..
 
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