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11/09/2018 5:58 am  

Thoughts on 29" vs. 27.5" wheels?  I'm about to pick up a new bike after MANY years away from it.  There are a ton of trails around my house.  Mainly mellow single track and cross country type stuff, and that's where the vast majority of my riding will be.  Looking at lower end ($1Kish) hard tails.  Shop is sort of steering me toward a 29er.  Neighbor of mine says 29 without a doubt, but he's also a semi-pro rider, so coming from a different perspective.  What say ye?


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11/09/2018 7:20 am  

Get a gravel bike if your trails are mellow. Where are you located?

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11/09/2018 8:07 am  

I'm on a 29er hardtail. I love it. It rolls over things much more easily than a 26, and it's super stable. I've heard great things about 27.5 bikes, but haven't tried one.


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11/09/2018 8:37 am  
Posted by: parker

Get a gravel bike if your trails are mellow. Where are you located?

I'm in Southern California.  Most of my riding will be in the Santa Monica mountains.  Gravel bike might work for most of it, but overall I think would be too limiting.


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11/09/2018 9:21 am  

27.5 is the sweet spot. I was on a 29er, and got a good deal on an intense tracer carbon 27.5 (shaun palmer's pro model, lol), my spec epic 29er was fun and gets to speed fast, rolls over bumps and roots easier, but it get a bit obtuse in tight corners and super techy stuffy. I demod the 27.5 last fall and was blown away by how fun and great overall it was. made and offer and bought it the next day.

edit- it depends on what type of riding you like to do, but from snowboarders perspective, if you wanna hit side hits and get super FLOWY, get a 27.5, if you are commuting on it and or doing really long xc with lots of climbing, get the 29er

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11/09/2018 11:50 am  

^^^ 

i love all bikes, but if you’re only having a quiver of one..base it on 70% fun and 30% efficiency 🙃

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11/09/2018 2:15 pm  

Well, that escalated quickly.  Went to pick up my kid-chaser/city bike from a tune up, and came home with this.  Giant Fathom 2 29er.  Based on most people I talked to 29er seems to be the way to go for most local riding.  Shop guy steered me toward the M frame instead of the L (I'm 5'11"), to get the benefits of the 29s, but still maintain some maneuverability and not have that Clydesdale feel.  I was hesitant at first, but at least based on a parking lot roll it felt good, and definitely not too upright.  Stoked to have a mountain bike again.

 

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16/09/2018 11:09 am  

First ride on the new rig.  13 miles of mellow single and double track.  So fun being back on a mountain bike.  And 1X drivetrain is the shit.

 

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26/09/2018 6:04 pm  

New bike day again.  Man, bug bit hard.  Kind got back into it with the idea of it being a more fun/adventurous way of getting some cardio, getting outside, and taking advantage of prolific local terrain.  Only took a handful of day of riding and exploring to figure out this would be much more than a way to get exercise, and that the terrain around here is pretty good.  Hard tail CC bike just wasn't the right direction.  Was able to offload it with minimal impact, and got this today.  Giant Trance 29 2.  I know Giant is just that, and I'd usually like to go with a smaller company, but have a soft spot because the first nice bike that I saved  for and bought after my senior in high school was a Giant Sedona (in 92 it was actually a high end bike).  Also, a bike mechanic I am not, and the shop close to my house that I really like is a Giant & Trek dealer, so kept it in that family for shop support.  Stoked.

 

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26/09/2018 6:14 pm  

Trance is sweet, friend has one and he loves it.  The Reign is sick if you start riding gnarlier stuff or lift access.

I kinda want a short travel trail bike like a Transition Scout..maybe just a jumper instead..ugh

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18/10/2018 4:39 pm  

Picked up a Pivot Phoenix this past Spring, for the bike park. Managed to get up to Whistler for 8 weekends this Summer, so I got some decent use out of it.


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28/11/2018 12:17 am  
Posted by: Triple8Sol

Picked up a Pivot Phoenix this past Spring, for the bike park. Managed to get up to Whistler for 8 weekends this Summer, so I got some decent use out of it.

Where was this shot taken, Crank it up, A-line, other trail?

Visited Whistler for the 1st time back in sept, they know a thing or two about trail building.

I am on Banshee Darkside, love it, i wish size L was slightly longer.


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28/11/2018 9:44 pm  
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Picked up a Pivot Phoenix this past Spring, for the bike park. Managed to get up to Whistler for 8 weekends this Summer, so I got some decent use out of it.

Where was this shot taken, Crank it up, A-line, other trail?

Visited Whistler for the 1st time back in sept, they know a thing or two about trail building.

I am on Banshee Darkside, love it, i wish size L was slightly longer.

A-Line...love that trail so much.

If you ever upgrade to something newer, current geo is much longer/lower/slacker for the same size frame, so you'll prob end up with another M.


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30/03/2019 1:49 am  

New toy, Transition Patrol 2017, used

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03/05/2019 12:12 pm  

First bike ride of the season earlier this week. Ouch. Need to get back in shape and remember how to ride good. Apparently I've blown the rear shock on my Lynskey cross / all-mtn 140

Crap. Bikes are so expensive, that's a new board on sale / discount. Could have added a park deck.

Keeping my fingers crossed I don't need much on my freeride and dh rigs! 

Anyone here ride Duthie often? 

 


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