Do I need a 29er?

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:22 pm

That's unrelated to wheelsize though!

I've never really ridden one in anger, so it's all speculation anyway!

Interestingly Trek have ditched their 26" FS bikes, ie the Top Fuel, but do still sell the hardtail.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby VWsurfbum » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:32 pm

no one knows what the feck their doing at the moment, but i like Scotts idea of doing the spark and genius in 650 and 29.
it seems the americans like 29 not 650, so that will swing some weight.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:37 pm

njee20 wrote: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

They're getting less and less of a choice it seems. I can;t see a team rider being allowed to ride a 26er, if the company is trying to sing the praises of 29ers.
For what it's worth, if I was to find myself being (more) poor, and having to buy a hardtail (only poor people buy hardtails, obviously), then I'd probably go for a 29er to pootle about on too.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cycle monster » Fri Oct 12, 2012 21:21 pm

I need mine. My ten year old son now has an XS 26er and his times on our local loop are not very much slower than mine on my 26er which is a better bike than his. With all his cross country, swimming and triathlon training he will be quicker than me in months. I will still leave him trailing in my wake on my 29er though. The 26er undoubtedly would make me fitter and leaner but if I want to keep my son and heir in sight it will need to be on the bike that is on average 20% faster.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sat Oct 13, 2012 00:05 am

sounds like you need to stop making excuses for being unfit and slow.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby marz » Sat Oct 13, 2012 03:18 am

I have a 26er and 29er and in general much prefer the 29er for longer rides. The larger wheels just roll over everything easier making it easier to maintain momentum and speed.

The places a 29er sucks are in the air, getting the those big wheels off the ground is a pain, and in really tight and twisty single track. A 26er is just more nimble.

I wouldn't say a 29er is 20% quicker, but I would say it is quicker for general riding.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cycle monster » Wed Oct 17, 2012 21:59 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:sounds like you need to stop making excuses for being unfit and slow.

Not making excuses, just telling it how it is and replying to the OP. You were not this boring before you got banned. Are you unwell?

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Wed Oct 17, 2012 22:23 pm

cycle monster wrote:
YeehaaMcgee wrote:sounds like you need to stop making excuses for being unfit and slow.

Not making excuses, just telling it how it is and replying to the OP. You were not this boring before you got banned. Are you unwell?

You're just not important enough to waste time coming up with an original insult for.
If it makes you feel better, try and think of something that I could call you to offend you with, and lame me when you get offended.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby Giraffoto » Thu Oct 18, 2012 07:22 am

Getting back to the original question - "Do I need a 29er?":

sdavies141 (i.e., the OP) wrote:Hi All,
I got a Zesty 214, . . . It works perfectly really well. . .


That looks like you don't need one. But do get one if you want one
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby felix.london » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:31 am

Not sold on it...but if I had a spare £2.5K+ lying around I'm sure I could persuade myself that I needed one of these though;

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby prawny » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:47 am

Of course you need one, don't ask stupid questions.

Personally I need a 29er, a DH bike, a 24" Trials bike, a winter road/cross bike and a BMX.

If you can afford one and can smuggle one into the garage go for it. My plans fall down on both of the test questions.
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cycle monster » Thu Oct 18, 2012 22:26 pm

Can anyone translate this from the original language, whatever that might be? "and lame me when you get offended."

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cooldad » Thu Oct 18, 2012 22:42 pm

cycle monster wrote:Can anyone translate this from the original language, whatever that might be? "and lame me when you get offended."

I could, but if you're that thick I can't be bothered.
I don't do smileys.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby dynamiccoins » Thu Oct 18, 2012 23:28 pm

You lot should educate yourselves on online disinhibition.
PM each other if you want to start flaming - no reason for anyone else to have to read it
This forum shouldnt have comments like these - children are no doubt reading

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 19, 2012 06:29 am

dynamiccoins wrote:You lot should educate yourselves on online disinhibition.
PM each other if you want to start flaming - no reason for anyone else to have to read it
This forum shouldnt have comments like these - children are no doubt reading

thin skinned, huh? I don't see anything particularly untoward here.
Oh, incidentally, it was "blame"... I left out a "b".

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby sigorman85 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 15:44 pm

If you have the cash and want it buy it
When i die I just hope the wife doesn't sell my stuff for what I told her I paid for it other wise someone will be getting a mega deal!!!


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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cooldad » Fri Oct 19, 2012 16:29 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
dynamiccoins wrote:You lot should educate yourselves on online disinhibition.
PM each other if you want to start flaming - no reason for anyone else to have to read it
This forum shouldnt have comments like these - children are no doubt reading

thin skinned, huh? I don't see anything particularly untoward here.
Oh, incidentally, it was "blame"... I left out a "b".

That is because you are an ignorant sheep loving mountain retard. And your helmet smells.

(Just because)
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 19, 2012 17:16 pm

Hey, less of that. My helmet doesn't smell any more. Well, not as bad anyway.

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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby cooldad » Fri Oct 19, 2012 17:23 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:Hey, less of that. My helmet doesn't smell any more. Well, not as bad anyway.

The magic of penicillin.
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Re: Do I need a 29er?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 19, 2012 18:05 pm

Domestos, actually.


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