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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:51 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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for a while, i considered them the latest marketing gizmo. lately though, i've noticed the people riding them seem almost fanatical in their devotion. i've never ridden one, nor do i fully undersand the supposed design benefits. so im wondering what you guys think and if anyone can relate personal experiences.

btw, i think the name is odd too.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:19 pm 
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highly dependant on where you ride. I have friends who have them & for the slow, steep climbs & rocky shoots that litter the area where I live, they're far from ideal. For rolling, woodsy trails, even slight mud they're sposed to roll pretty quick.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:24 pm 
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Very true about "depends on where you ride". I have just built a singlespeed - purely due to finincial constrains, I'm not gay or owt.

So much fun on the flat but decidely ego-killing on hills!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:05 pm 
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Oh dear, guess you could call me "fanatical" about this, don't get me wrong, I don't go around preaching "Follow the way of the 29"er" but they don't half work for me :)

Guess its a bit of horses for courses thing but I've had one for 4 years now and if I had to pick it would be the one I kept and believe me thats saying something


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:20 am 
The Guv'nor
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What are you running Gil.

Never tried one but as most people mention probably very trail dependent. Probably great for the flatlands of Warwickshire.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:12 am 
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Bris bringing a 29er s.spd to the retro meet, he'll probs let ya hava quick spin if you ask nicely ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:15 am 
Mr Darcy
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John,
Do you know Nightfire? Bit of a 29er man. But they are huge :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:27 am 
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huge doesnt cut it, nightfires bikes are friggin massive ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:24 pm 
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http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id= ... nlandmines

Some more thoughts on the 26 v 29 debate, a little more scientific than just feels better, but not much.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:12 am 
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Ok, its not retro but I can't resist posting my current ride

No laughing at the back :P


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