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Old 12-29-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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Tire size 26 vs 29

I'm just curious to know what people prefer and why



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Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 AM   #2
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29's
Many reasons.
Many people have different reasons.
Google your question, it's not a new one.



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Old 12-29-2012, 04:10 AM   #3
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I prefer both. My 29er is fast and rolls over some obstacles easily. But for technical trails, climbing, and grinding over really difficult sections, I prefer 26" wheels.

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Old 12-29-2012, 04:32 AM   #4
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Ok jahwarrior i wanted to here peoples opinion and what the have to say i don't care if its not a new question an if i relied on google i wouldn't have signed up for a forum

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I was in a hurry when I posted, I should have just ignored your post, since I didn't provide you with the information you wanted to 'here'
After riding on 29s for a while, I feel like I'm on a kiddie bike when I mount a 26... I think you get used to the feel.
29s seem to roll over obstacles much easier... you hardly notice roots, rocks and other low trail terrain.
I don't own a 26" anymore, so I can't really compare... but I don't have or have noticed any issues tackling technical trails, climbing or anything else.... it's a personal preference.
I will forever more ride on 29ers
I mentioned Google because there are many debates and back and forths about which is better yadda yadda yadda, for me, it's a personal preference, one isn't "better" than the other, they both have pro's and con's I suppose, but it boils down to what YOU want, what YOU like.
29'ers are for big boy bikes. man-sized and beefy.
26'ers are for tweens and the ladies.
HAHAHA I am just kidding with the above statement... but I did get a kick out of it typing it. forgive me, it's in jest (means I typed it out in an attempt to be funny) again with the sarcasm, I need help.
29ers rock.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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Thanks jahwarrior its no problem and your new post helps

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26" will be more responsive, a little faster to accelerate, little rougher ride. Although, I've run 26x1.8 to race on hard pack, and they were pretty fast.

29" smoother ride, you can roll over more, and once you get them going, its easier to keep them rolling. Descending is a lot better too. You can't throw the bike in and out of turns as well as a 26" bike, but you get that back in being more efficient on rollers/flats.

As far as climbing goes, seems to be six of one, half dozen of the other to me. I noticed a big performance difference when I started running Stan's NoTubes 29" wheels.



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