And speaking of momentum, the bigger wheels greater rotational inertia works in their favor here as well so that, once up to speed, it takes less effort to maintain your speed on a 29er than on a 26er. How about the fact that the actual difference between the angle of attack of a 29er vs a 26er is only barely within the realms of what is able to be detected by human perception 5% iirc. Those advantages make 29er mountain bikes great for most types of riding, and especially for fast, endurance rides. These large volume tires have a wide contact patch that makes it possible to tractor over anything, and as the technology has evolved. The longer contact patch creates better traction in corners and they simply roll over rough shit better. Bigger wheels give you extra distance with every turn of the pedal. You dont ride around obstacles, you just charge straight t. For muddy, sandy terrain, i think the floatablility for lack of a better term of the 29er wheel is a plus vs. If you dig through the specs they dont come right out a. Or the old stubborn 26er that is happy with the current world order and doesnt want to hear about the latest invention, even when the angels sing to follow the star to 29er land. The us division of bianchi bicycles offered a line of 29 wheeled offroad bikes beginning in 1991 called the project bikes. The medium size wheels performed very similar to my 26er yet still rolled over massive amounts of rock found along those utah trails.
Tire designknob placement is critical for maximizing the 29ers elongated contact patch. Because the tyres contact patch is longer, there are usually a couple of extra tyre tread blocks in contact with the ground, so traction is slightly improved. This means that right now parts are really cheap, but in a few years you may run into availability issues. This can make it difficult for shorter riders especially those shorter than 5 ft. The larger diameter wheels of the 29er mountain bike can create the sensation of having an 1 more travel than the bike is speced due to the larger air volume and larger contact patch with the ground. Oh, by the way 26er and 29er mean sizes of the mountain bikes wheel. Such a unique bike cannot fail to be a talking point on the trails i see this as positive, but some may disagree. Check out the wheel size difference between the two bikes about half way down. So, if you ride a 20 29er with brand a, theres a nontrivial chance that brand bs 29er will be too big or small for you. Everyone seems to have their nutrition, diet, and testing game dialed. One item that is often raised is tire contact patch size and shape. I could not tell you whether you would like the features of the 29er more than the 26er or 27. The topic are 650b and 29er that much better than 26er or not really is closed to new replies.
Determining which wheel size is best for you posted on march 10, 2014. Larger tire contact patch may provide greater traction. Ok, this is a rhetorical question that deserves to be closed as opinion based, but gotta ask. Claims of increased contact patch and rollover aside, arguably the largest reason that 29ers have earned such a devoted fan base is due to bottom bracket drop. In theory 30psi pounds per square inch will create a threesquare inch contact patch on the groundthats assuming a 90lbs or 40kg load on one tyre, divided by 30psi which equals 3sq inches of contact. Not long ago, mountain bikers didnt have a choice when it came to wheel sizes26 inches was the only option. I am not going to try to tell you what size bike you should get for yourself. Im new to mountain biking and cant decide whether to buy a standard 26inch wheel or a. Are 650b and 29er that much better than 26er or not really.
The 26er and 29er mountain bike debate priceonomics. I thought it was a nobrainer and that everyone would be getting a 29er when they upgrade their mountain bike, yet it seems some people still go for 26. It also has more traction as the tire contact patch is larger. Whats the better mountain bike for a beginner, a 26er or a 29er. For the analysis, specifications from manufacturers are used. Fbm 26er and 29er pre books building on our experience with various custom frames, and with the support of and feedback from our.
The fat biking segment grew out of a desire to ride in places where soft terrain think snow and sand made piloting a traditional bicycle difficult. The first thing you need to know about a 29er is that the larger wheels at lower pressure are much better at absorbing lumps and bumps on the trail. Trailing my mates new 29er, with front forks locked out, using the contour gps camera. Change the channel select site singletrack snow singletrack charged singletrack tech gritcx. In order to conquer these conditions, rigs with ultra wide rims paired with 45 tires entered the market.
Well, weve all seen it, and perhaps lived it as well, but the question remains. Unlike the older days, mountain bikers can now choose from 26, 29 29er, 650b 27. Did you consider the different shape of the contact patch and reactions involved. After a 26 you feel like the king of the world on a 29. Dodgy angles are to accomodate the larger wheel and will ultimately allow the bike. I wanted the new and exciting 29s so i got the med frame as opposed 26er lrg after a few rides i still found it hard to catch myself on a simple fall, obv i cannot return it. The following is a comparison of energy required for acceleration of a 26 vs 29er bike based on calculations only. They offer much more stick and grip, with more stability on technical sections, as theres more of. With the right fork and right frame geometry, a 29er can be a nimble bike in tight stuff. The larger diameter wheels of the 29er mountain bike can create the sensation of having an 1. Given the same casing construction, the same formula will apply to a 26inch bike and youll also have a threesquare inch contact patch. It also gave the bike more traction on technical climbing and more grip in the turns where the tires contact patch with the trail is extremely. The comparison can be easily made using a tire from the same brand, with the same width and with the same pressure. And theres a good chance that if you ride a 20 29er, a 20 26er will be too small for you.
Hello neebie here, just startd mtb this yr and picked up a really nice new gt 29er ht, i love it however lesson to be learnt about big purchases before testriding. Most mountain bicycles use iso 559 mm wheels which are usually called 26 wheels. The ideal quiver would be to have both a 26er and a 29er. More hardcore enthusiasts will praise the 26ers for their ability to make any trail a delight. Introducing a new technological innovation, like 29 wheels, could shuffle the rankings. The 700c rims are the same size as those on road bikes, and bigger wheels mean faster rolling once up to speed. The wide contact patch due to the rim width provided a ton of grip on the trail and allowed for lower tire pressures. To mark bikeradars 29er week kicking off 29th february 2012 we sent resident big wheel advocate andrew dodd and reformed skeptic justin loretz to the forest of dean armed with specialized. With that increase in popularity, mountain bike companies are starting to really explore the more innovative wheel sizes. What are the differences between the 29er vs 26er mountain. Flotation and the size of your contact patch on the trail becomes the important factor when traversing soft terrain. Right now, the times at the most elite levels of racing are all bunched up.
Sram would come down to massa vecchia and bring their test bikes with 26, 27. War of the wheel sizes big wheel bikes bike magazine. I ditched my 26 for a 29er at the end of 20 and i have only been on one ride since where i thought the 26 would have been better. Weighting the pedals of a 29er puts much of the riders weight well below the axles, which has a profound stabilizing effect. If you have been paying attention you will notice all the badass bike building coming out of the fbm machine shop and the all the latest fbm gear on the innanetz. Here e will look at some of the differences between the 29er vs 26er mountain bikes. The name 29er comes from a bicycle called the two niner, which was offered by the fisher bike company in 2001, according to 1998 mountain bike hall of fame inductee don cook. The 29er tires contact patch is also a little more elongated and helps the tire grip the road surface better when traveling in a straight line.
Also 26 is more or less dying out it has been replaced by 27. Read its strength, weaknesses, find deals and pricing. All else being equal, such as tire width, rim width, inflation pressure and rider weight, the contact patch of a 29 wheel has the same area and is slightly longer 5% than that of a 26 wheel. It was a simple one, a good one, but some things just werent meant to be. With so many mountain bike wheel sizes to choose from, new riders might well find the options overwhelming. If you have a regular old road bike which is a 58 cm, for example, you may find a. The battle between mountain bike sizes is far from over. I have a custom hunter 29er it was shod in scs running anything from a 23c road tyre to a 2. According to a mountain bike action study, riders also experience greater forward momentum with each pump. Whats the better mountain bike for a beginner, a 26er or. Or that the shape of the tyre means that the contact patch will be slightly longer but in order to maintain the same size, slightly narrower too.1107 656 679 1626 673 772 630 930 157 469 1315 331 154 1291 264 1160 1514 1371 565 399 1391 1575 562 1401 544 972 1619 1410 1489 710 447 107 117 810 624 492 1329