is the MTB future 29" or 27.5"?

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by e-rider, 2 Dec 2016.

  1. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    I stopped reading them after MBR, who spent years vehemently deriding 29'ers, switched almost overnight to championing them.

    No explanation or rationale was given, and I could only conclude that they were concerned about alienating their advertisers. In no level could that be seen as subjective or authoritative.
  2. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Maybe they saw the light^_^
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  3. Nigeyy

    Nigeyy Guru

    Massachusetts, USA
    I tend towards thinking that the wheel size is mostly marketing folks (mfers as I like to call them) creating a need for people to carry on buying stuff. And there's nothing wrong in that!

    I'm not very tall, so I'm fine with 26 wheels -and at the moment, I can easily buy stuff for them as well, so no problems there. If and when 26 stuff stops being manufactured, I'll worry then, and buy a new bike if necessary. But honestly, I really don't care if it's shown a 29/27.5/26 (choose whichever!) is 10 seconds faster over a one mile course as i. I'm not racing, ii. even if I'm with friends they'll stop for me anyway, iii. it's not like I'm doing crazy stuff, and iv. I'm out to enjoy the ride, not improve by 10 seconds every mile. And let's face it: pro mtb races have been held with 26 wheels anyway, its not like they've been shown to be severely lacking for the job or something.

    However, I think different wheel sizes are great -buy whichever option suits you. I'm just hoping everyone ditches the 26 so I can buy great stuff cheap :smile: If you can, just be confident within yourself with your choices and enjoy riding -isn't that is what it is about, not a wheel size?
  4. I went for a 27.5 purely because it was the best value of the options I had. One of my rides ends in a 5.5 mile climb on smooth Trans Pennine Trail and it's definitely easier on me tired old legs.

    Magazines will follow fads. My bike was panned for not having 'plus size' tyres and not having rear suspension. Definitely the reviewer spitting the dummy!
    The spec that wipes the floor with others at the same price point was ignored.
  5. Shows yer Pace !!!!!
  6. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

    In my case it's 27.5. 29ers just don't look right to me.
  7. wahoofish

    wahoofish Regular

    Northern Ireland
    Interesting to read this thread and to reflect on a few points that, in my mind anyway, are pretty clear facts.

    Fact One - 26,ers are not better for downhill, uphill or flats. How many XC Or XCM competitors still ride them? And before anybody spews the nonsense about the pro's being sponsored, go and look at any big XCM event and see how many of the top 50% of the field are riding 26 inch wheels. I have witnessed in instant improvement in performance in many riders when upgrading to a 29'er, especially on long straights and technical up-hills. They are also great with the windy, technical stuff, but this does require a change in riding style. Also, worth reading about the Santa Cruz downhill riders who are using 29'ers for the World Cup this year because, even through they don't feel as fast, the times indicate that they are much faster.

    Fact Two - Dropper posts, for a significant portion of mountain bikers (not towpath and blue route riders, but everyone else), offer a huge benefit. To be fair, no more than stopping and manually dropping your saddle before a steep technical section, but from a convenience and speed aspect, certainly they do.
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  8. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    I'd agree with @wahoofish from my limited experience... but what sticks out for me is the "29ers don't feel as fast" comment, which I think is absolutely true. Great for racers, obviously, but for messing around on the trails I think perceived speed is more important than actual speed, and my 26ers "feel" faster to me than the various 29ers I've ridden.
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  9. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Certainly hope the 26 inch wheel has a future as I've very recently bought a 26 inch wheel expedition tourer. I tend to think I'll be OK. Recently rode it Birmingham to London - fast enough and its wheels and big (for me) tyres were much appreciated on some dodgy downhill country lanes, cross country tracks and canal towpaths
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  10. Lozi

    Lozi Active Member

    I'm really hoping 26" makes a comeback as that is a mountain bike to me, when I see a 29" this is what I see..


    Whoops old thread :addict:
    Last edited: 26 Nov 2017
  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Not that old, on topic, no probs.
  12. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    Considering 650b for the subway, really are they better rolling than 26 ?
  13. SteCenturion

    SteCenturion I am your Father

    28.25 will be the new 'Standard'
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  14. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    [QUOTE 5069561, member: 43827"]I'm just 5'8" tall and when I ride a 29er mtb with big tyres on it I look just like a little kid who's borrowed his older brother's bike.[/QUOTE]
    I have decided to stick with my stock wheels, for the few seconds i may save on my commute it isnt worth the hassle.
  15. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    [QUOTE 5069561, member: 43827"]I'm just 5'8" tall and when I ride a 29er mtb with big tyres on it I look just like a little kid who's borrowed his older brother's bike.[/QUOTE]

    Taller than me, and do I care what I look like when I am having fun, no not at all.
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