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29ers are the fastest


Catatonic_Joe

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So what is the moral of the story, choose the bike that suites your area, your style and intended riding style.

#ENDURO is so 2014, 2015 is all about riding out On the trails with your friends and having a good time doing it, doing solo rides and stopping to take photo's.

#IRIDE4FUN

Yup, I have been doing this since my first MTB, my 1989 Claud Butler.......still have it!

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Banshee makes bikes with adjustable droppers so you can either run a 26" wheel or a 27.5" so you can decide what to ride, would be great to have one and 2 wheel sets

Transition makes the Suppressor which is a 26" and there are also some other manufacturers.

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And that's why Absolom won the world XCO champs on a 26er! Oh no, wait...

Yes, Sauzer won the Epic on a 26er! Oh no, wait...

Do you have a point?
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Did not want to get drawen into debating the pro's and cons of wheelsizes, being an old and not too technicaly skilled "dirt roadie", and my opinion therefore counts for nothing.

 

BUT (there always is a but) :whistling:

 

I upgraded from my 26'er to a 29'er over December, thus I had fresh "data" to work with when combining my rides on my favorite trails (fitness level still the same, did not go all gung ho over December)

 

Riding the B-Spot at Bloemendal with my 29'er I improved my fastest time by about 30sec around the track, and I "felt" that I did not work as hard on the 29'er, although my max HR on the lap is about the same. This is for a fairly tight and twisty course.

 

Climbing Dorstberg, my time up there improved by a whopping 1min 30 sec. I can understand the reason for that, as I could immediately feel that I had more traction (same type/make of rear tyre on both bikes) and it definately got OVER the loose rocks easily, where I had to try and dodge these rocks with the 26'er as it tended to stop. I had to wrestle the 26'er up there, but with the 29'er I just roll over them, only avoiding the really big rocks.

 

Stairway to heaven, I'm also faster as I can negotiate the tight switchbacks a lot easier. The 26'er always felt like it wanted to "fall over" in the uphill swithbacks, the 29'er not, as it is more stable. This makes me more fluent, which equates to faster times.

 

I was always of the conviction that "It's not about the bike", but I have changed my views on this.

 

I'm now a 29'er devotee. :blush:

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So what is the moral of the story, choose the bike that suites your area, your style and intended riding style.

 

#ENDURO is so 2014, 2015 is all about riding out On the trails with your friends and having a good time doing it, doing solo rides and stopping to take photo's.

 

#IRIDE4FUN

 

haha, I have to agree. always time for a selfie on the trails.

I wish more people would move from strava to instagram.

Am I an enduro hipster?

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