What is everyone riding on this trail? I'm looking to get a newer bike, and think I've ruled out 26" hardtail, and am looking for 29er or full suspension to take some of the bumps out. Although I'm not 100% sure that the few rough spots are worth losing the efficieny & agility the 26"HT seems to have. I will be riding this trail 90% of the time with the bike.
Does anyone think a 29er makes much difference on this trail?
People ride 26 ht, 26 fs, 29 ht, 29 fs, 29 full rigid, 29 ss... Just about anything goes here. What do you like and what experience do you want to have? A well designed fs is not inefficient. They will be slightly heavier than rigid though, but heck even a bike like a Superfly 100 or Santa Cruz Tall Boy are much lighter than my 26 hardtail Cannondale F3. And those are 29 fs!
You'll get a ton of opinion of "what you should ride". You could always wait for a demo day one of the bike shops put on, but that may be a wait until next year.
I am most happy to ride my 29 ht or my absolute favorite is my 29 fs. That bike always brings a smile to my face. People see that on the trails and always say "Isn't that a bit much for michigan?" Maybe, but I love riding it. And I never touch the 26 anymore no matter how tight the trail. The girlfriend has to ride that now.
See.... it's all opinion.