Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

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Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby peddlefever » Sun Nov 04, 2012 21:29 pm

I am about to get my first mountain bike and am on a tight budget. Chances are it will be a while before I upgrade my bike or any components, so I will have to deal with whatever bike I get as it is for some time. I am debating whether to get a 26er or 29er.

Unfortunately, I have generally found that for the same money I can get either a 26er with higher spec components or a 29er with lower end components.

Which would you go for, and why?

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby Chunkers1980 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 21:32 pm

Considering a 29er is not better, just different, I'd take the better spec of a 26er

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby wheezee » Sun Nov 04, 2012 22:13 pm

I'd say you should get the one you that best suits your riding. Or which of the bikes you prefer, after having had a test ride, if that's an option. The frame is probably the most important decision.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby cooldad » Sun Nov 04, 2012 22:39 pm

The frame is probably the least important decision, especially if you are on a budget and not planning to upgrade. Most frames are ok, so go for the best forks and then brakes.
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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:19 am

I'd ride both and see which you like. If the 29er has an inferior rear mech, and you much prefer it then I'd go for it. Likewise if the 26" wheeled one has better wheels, frame and forks and you prefer that, I'd buy that!

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby 97th choice » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:27 am

Without knowing what bikes you are after, and with this being the internet. I would have to say with 100% certainty, go for the 26".
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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby JayKay3000 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:48 pm

97th choice wrote:Without knowing what bikes you are after, and with this being the internet. I would have to say with 100% certainty, go for the 26".


Then again, if it was me I'd just get a higher spec 29er or ride each one, decide what you like and don't give a about what people on the internet say.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:49 pm

JayKay3000 wrote:
97th choice wrote:Without knowing what bikes you are after, and with this being the internet. I would have to say with 100% certainty, go for the 26".


Then again, if it was me I'd just get a higher spec 29er or ride each one, decide what you like and don't give a about what people on the internet say.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby peddlefever » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:35 pm

So both bikes are used and owned by friends, so I should definitely be able to arrange test rides. For a little more info both are Specialized Hardrocks. The 26er has full Sram X7 kit, while the 29er has Shimano Tourney and Altus mixed parts. The 26er also has hyrdaulic disc brakes, while the 29er has mechanical disc brakes. Both have Suntour forks, but I'm not certain which model, stock forks though I think.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:48 pm

What model forks though, there are bad Suntours, good Suntours and dire Suntours.
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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby 97th choice » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:54 pm

Just to add to the mix, there are better bikes than hardrocks out there for the same money, don't get stuck on brand image.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby alas58 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 20:39 pm

I have a 26 and a 29 hardrock both cost around £500, The 26 has better drive train, but the 29 rolls faster and is a smoother ride due to the bigger wheels. As most bike manufacturers now focus on the 29 wheel it may be the better bet in the long term.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby JamesB5446 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:02 pm

Medium spec 650b?

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby ChrisG82 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 15:39 pm

I have the 2013 Specialized Rockhopper 29er. It cost me £600 and is better spec than the Hardrock. I've had it 2 months now and have done about 500 miles on it including a few runs on the red routes at Thetford Forrest and a week in the Yorkshire Dales. I've had no problems with it and I love it. Like you, I had a budget of £500 but I tried the Rockhopper and decided to stretch the budget as much as I could to buy it. I'm glad I did.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby Cubist » Sat Nov 10, 2012 22:14 pm

cooldad wrote:The frame is probably the least important decision, especially if you are on a budget and not planning to upgrade. Most frames are ok, so go for the best forks and then brakes.


Im certainly not here to argue against your obvious experience, but surely, in terms of fit, comfort and geometry, frame choice is (putting it mildly) reasonably important. I actually returned my bike to the shop for a swap purely on the basis of how it rode and suited my body shape and riding style.

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Re: Higher spec 26er vs lower spec 29er

Postby cooldad » Sat Nov 10, 2012 22:32 pm

The point was not over fit, but frame. Assuming the bike fits, an average frame with good forks will ride better than a good frame with rubbish forks. Most frames, disregarding the Apollo style stuff, are competent.
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