Nice, very nice.
I've been enjoying my 29er for fast XC riding in Holland since 18 months or so, and I also enjoy a Singular SingleSpeed.
Shock! This months German "Bike" mag has an article on 29" vs 26" racey hardtails. In true to style German fashion they measure everything and try to objectively pit them against each other. Result: the 29er is clearly faster. Average over all recorded lap times the 29er pulls a 20 seconds gap on a 13? minute lap. That's with very fit Transalp racer types BTW
Bike is the mag that has been the epicentre of the Euro bastion fending off the big wheel fad form the yanks for the last couple of years, and now this.... I guess this makes it official
Common sense was never common
28h silver rear Suntour hub
32h Ritchey champagne WCS front hub