Do I need a 29er?

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Do I need a 29er?

Postby sdavies141 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:06 am

Hi All,

I got a Zesty 214, and have ridden it extremely hard for the last 18 months everything from Trail centres, down hill and around the peaks. It works perfectly really well, especially when I put Lyriks up front which make a big difference for big jumps etc.

I have been wondering what benefit a lighter hard tail 29er would have for riding around the peaks, especially when riding from my house in Manchester.

I am pretty tall (195cm) and want a quick debate on whether or not it is worth getting a mid proced 29er for this sort of thing.

Looking at either an On-One inbred 29er, New Canyon 29er, or the Surly Ogre ..... Should I spen the £1000 on a new bike?

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Sam

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:21 am

No. Nobody needs one.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby warpcow » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:22 am

sdavies141 wrote:I am pretty tall (195cm) and want a quick debate on whether or not it is worth getting a mid proced 29er for this sort of thing.


What sort of thing? Are you meaning to get rid of the Zesty and replace with a 29er, or to get a 29er for gentler stuff?

Either way, the answer is to try some. There's no such thing as need when it comes to bikes. Just ride what you're happy with and feels good to you.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby passout » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:43 am

If doing slightly longer distance stuff then just review your tyre choice. Or if doing a lot of road stuff & mixing it, then get a cross bike (see vid towards the bottom of this page: http://road.cc/content/news/56886-just- ... ster-video). In short, no - you don't.
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby sdavies141 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:47 am

Planning to keep the Zesty, as it is grrrreat fun to ride and with the stiffer frobnt end, bigger travel and better rear hub I think it is perfect for me. The idea of getting the 29er is to have another bike orientated more towards quick XC riding, with a bigger proportion of road riding

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:52 am

N+1 satisfied, yes of course you NEED one....

Road riding....no not sure I get that bit.....you'll be cshaving your legs next!

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby passout » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:12 am

Cross bikes have their place, see : www.vimeo.com/11695455
OK, they are more difficult to ride but at least you'd be getting a bike which clearly has different attributes. It would be my choice.
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:21 am

Are you some sort of 'cross bike campaigner? :?

I'd have a 29er or a road bike (if you want to ride on the road) rather than a cross bike, had 3, but just don't really do it for me - jack of all trades master of none.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby felix.london » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:43 am

Why 29er? I think I'd be doing a nice lightweight XC build based around an On-One Carbon Whippet @ £350, RS SID RL @ £315 and a set of Stan's Crest on Switch Evo's @ £200
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:47 am

I wouldn't buy a 26" wheeled hardtail for XC any more.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby sdavies141 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 14:04 pm

I think a 29er suits the fact I am 6ft 3" so that is the reason for it, the road riding element is simply riding from my house in manchester out to rivington or the peaks prior to get out rather than driving there. I have a Surly road bike so this would be my third bike .... thus debating if I really need one!

Hmmmm lets suppose I was going for one what would be your choice in the £800 - £1k bracket

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby passout » Fri Oct 12, 2012 16:47 pm

njee20 wrote:Are you some sort of 'cross bike campaigner? :?

I'd have a 29er or a road bike (if you want to ride on the road) rather than a cross bike, had 3, but just don't really do it for me - jack of all trades master of none.


No, I'm just hoping to get one for Xmas! (had them in the past). I take the point of jack of all trades but i do think that they are good on easy trails.
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 12, 2012 18:10 pm

Make good commuters as they are less cramped than a road bike and have rack/guard holes at the rear quite often!

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby VWsurfbum » Fri Oct 12, 2012 19:24 pm

njee20 wrote:I wouldn't buy a 26" wheeled hardtail for XC any more.

:shock:

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 19:50 pm

Is that all that surprising? Most manufacturers have dropped their light 26" hardtails, 29ers are clearly vastly more popular these days in that market segment. I'd love to try a new Trek Superfly SL - they look the mutts!

Make good commuters as they are less cramped than a road bike and have rack/guard holes at the rear quite often!


Part of what I disliked about all of mine was the fact I couldn't get the front end as low as on my road bike :-)

If you're the sort of person who goes on a road ride and thinks 'oo, wonder where that bridleway goes', I can see the point, but I'm not - I'd either go for a road ride and think "hmmm, my road bike would be more fun here", or go off road (rode it round Ashton Court most weeks" and think "hmmm, my MTB would be more fun here"!
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby VWsurfbum » Fri Oct 12, 2012 19:55 pm

you lost me after road bike, and it is a surprise yes!

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 19:56 pm

njee20 wrote:Is that all that surprising? Most manufacturers have dropped their light 26" hardtails,

Doesn't mean they're better though, or the race results would be a total whitewash.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby VWsurfbum » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:02 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
njee20 wrote:Is that all that surprising? Most manufacturers have dropped their light 26" hardtails,

Doesn't mean they're better though, or the race results would be a total whitewash.
:lol:

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:06 pm

That's true, but I still reckon I'd buy a 29er hardtail before a 26" one - even at WC level most of the men (and a growing number of women) are on 29ers - Nino Schurter is on 650b, but he's only 5'8" and runs an insanely low front end! Absalon is flitting between the 2.

I'm talking about pure XC race bikes, I think as soon as you go more towards the 'trail' side it's much less clear.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby VWsurfbum » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:14 pm

that is very true.
just dont break it like i did mine


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