I got my 1st bike close to 2 years ago. A 26" hardtail. I had a fulll suspension 29'er in mind for my next bike. Untill recently, i hadn't even tried a 29'er. But i've now tried a friends Giant 29'er fs. Now i'm not knocking the Giant, it's a good bike and it does what it's meant to do. It is more comfortable and you may even find that you'll be a fraction quicker on it. But i'm still not sold. I don't really know how best to explain it? It's kind of like doing 20mph in a big comfortable car, like a Ford Mondeo, and then doing 20mph in a Go-Kart. They'll both do it, but the Mondeo will seem like your doing 5mph with comfort and ease, where the Go-Kart will seem like your doing a hundred mile an hour and will require skill to handle. I like the idea of the comfort, but for me there's just a little bit too much fun that's been lost to achieve it. I like the fact that there's new wheel sizes, 27.5 and 29'er, because it's great to have options. Afterall, we tend to see the same product differently. But i hate the fact that these new wheel sizes have come at the death of the 26". I can't comment on 27.5 as i haven't tried one yet. What are your views? What's your favourite wheel sizes? Is the death of 26" a good thing? If your a 29'er person, how have you found your wheels in terms of strength? The reason i ask is, i was watching a short video on hardtail of the year by some bike magazine thing. While they were out testing a variety of ht's, one of the wheels on a 29'er just snapped. The first thing said out of the tester's moths were, " that wouldn't have happened on a 26'er " Have any of you 29'er guys had issues like that? Or was it just a rare thing?