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3078 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 22, 2008 4:53 PM by ctm404 RSS
mvalenti Community Moderator 84 posts since
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Nov 13, 2008 10:30 AM

Does Anyone Ride a 29/26er?

I'm curious as to whether you can tell a big difference or not. Do you really get better traction? And are there any noticeable drawbacks?

  • ctm404 Rookie 6 posts since
    Aug 19, 2007
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    1. Dec 22, 2008 4:53 PM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Does Anyone Ride a 29/26er?

     

    I love mine. It's an old Bontrager, with a rigid Surly fork. It is wonderful for fast, minimally technical fireroads and singletrack (lots of that near me). Yes, the increased rollover is great, and I have more confidence in fast loose turns -- but I'm not sure whether thats REALLY from better traction, or just a placebo effect.

     

     

    Two additional great benefits -- unimportant, but kinda nice, it gets lots of attention and looks super cool; much more important, the fully rigid setup has improved my riding skills considerably, no more suspension-as-a-crutch in the face of not-so-smart line choices, etc.

     

     

    The only downside -- should I carry two tubes? (nah, I just carry a 26 and some patches)

     

     

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