I am curious as to what the consensus is on these bikes...?
Consensus? on 29ers? on this board?
And I you've been on this board for 3 years.
Well imho anybody that calls a 23" MTB his size will benefit from big wheels. Even if it was only in getting your bike to look "in proportion". But 29ers are no different in that you need to find the geometry and set-up that suits your riding, or your mood .... Test ride before you buy.
I've been riding all sort of 29ers the last 5 years, from steel hardtail to carbon full suspension superbike. For my general riding in the lowlands they rule supreme; fast, controlled, fun. And special mention for the rigid steel singlespeed 29er. A format that convinced me from the first outing on the trails. Compared to the same in 26" the superior traction and control of the big wheels for me makes the total add up to more that the sum of parts.
Have a go and enjoy!!
Common sense was never common
28h silver rear Suntour hub
32h Ritchey champagne WCS front hub