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This is just my $0.02 on the subject. From what I have seen as a mechanic over the years, I have had quiet a few customers go from riding a FS 26" (i.e. an Epic) to a HT 29'er and the say that the 29er was better.
I personally equate the HT 29'er bike to something like a Moots YBB. The extra volume in the larger tire helps take some of the sting out of the trail.
Like other people have said, ask him what he wants. Have fun out there.
Rode my old 26fs yesterday @ Mayberry. Fun, comfy, agile. Early lap times were the same. I did drop off a little by 3rd lap probably from more energy used/needed. Nothing wrong with the 26fs, but seems I can go longer with more consistent times on 29ht. A little more beat-up, but less tired if that makes any sense, so pick your poison. Couple weeks ago got caught by a guy hauling at ILRA on 26fs and proceeded to ride with him on my 29ht. Struggled to hang at first, but by 3rd lap he was struggling more than me.
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