This is an update from one of the Texas Mountain Bike Trails readers who shot this video and shared his thoughts on the 26 vs 29er debate. Having just switched from a 26 inch bike to a bike with 29 inch wheels, G$ tells you a little about what the switch to his new larger bike is like.
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Well this all started for me about six months ago when a coworker asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride. I did not own a mountain bike but was willing to spend a couple bucks for a little fun. So like any mortal man I started looking around reading some blogs about local trails, what was out there and where to start. I was overwhelmed at the number of options and opinions on how to get started. It all boiled down to grabing a good solid used bike and go put some miles down. So Craigslist here I come and it took about two weeks and a nice used Specialized popped up with the one requirement I had Dics brakes.
The very next day we hit the trails and I found out in about 500 yards I am way the heck out of shape, but I had a smile across my face and my heart coming through my chest. Man it was pefect.
Out of the gate I knew things would be rough but the two guys I am riding with the first couple weeks are on custom $4K bikes they finished building last year with these masssive 29″ wheels. I am getting some legs under me and notice these guys are motoring up over and through things like it’s nothing. At first I let it go and thought if I just keep riding, the speed and endurance will come. Then I got a chance to ride my buddies single speed 29er…
Those jerks were cheating and never once said a thing! Ok, get home and the web is my friend I read nearly everything I could find about wheels with 29 inches. I knew I needed big wheels and I wasn’t going to wait long.
Ok so 29″ wheels it’s going to be. But man, do I go full suspension or hardtail? What kind of budget was I going to allow? New, used what bike shop man.. I went everywhere every shop I could find every online site Google could bring me. I was more confused than ever. So I set a budget, decided I needed to give back to the bike shop that has been putting up with me and my million questions. Now it’s done 29″ Hardrock from Specialized.
The first ride out I knew even I was in love with my new “Monster Truck” as I plowed over anything in my way. My mph was up 25%, my endurance was better just by making one simple change. If you are like me and just not sure what to do go with the 29′s, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision.
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