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. That sums it all up. 26FS absolutely rides better than a 29er HT. The biggest difference is on the downhills with roots or rocks. The 29HT shakes like *beep* to the point of being difficult to maintain control. From all the stuff I heard before about 29er to be smooth and roll over obstacles like a tank, I think there is a big exaggeration in that statement. I still felt all the bumps on the front wheel and honestly did not notice much difference over 26er. As for the speed factor I did not notice it during the ride, but when I finished it and looked at my stopwatch I realized that I did quite better than I did previous years on my first ride of the season at Pontiac. The biggest difference to the advantage of the 29er that I felt, was during the climbs. I don't know whether this is attributed mostly to the fact of the bicycle being hardtail or a 29er, but I definitively felt them easier specially on the Puke Hill. I need to get few more rides on the 29er to get better opinion, but at this point if I had to keep only one bike it would be the 26er FS. I would not be able to keep up with the 29er crowd on Strava but I would sacrifice that for a softer ride and better handling.Speed or Comfort, maybe not.
ColorVoyeur wrote:Ricky Bobby, if you want to give terrible advice to others, go for it. If you do it on a public forum, you are going to be refuted. Welcome to life son.
Do I need a 2x10 drivetrain... no
Do I need a full carbon frame... no
Do I need a new bike at all... no
But I'm gonna get one because I want to and I have the means to.
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