Mountain Bike Wheel Wars 29 Versus 26 Versus 27.5




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lgd661: Been running a 29er for the last year been nothing but disappointed the small advantages it gives can't compair to what it takes away, for some people I can see why they would prefer them but having used all 3 wheel sizes I would still say 26 rules as always as the perfect for most things wheel 

bicicletasbogota: 26, 29 o 27,5 ?

niFe: Why do they all have their saddles so high up?

Medical Cannabis Spain: I see 26 v 29 as like comparing a big 500bhp Ferrari v a little Lotus Elise. The Elise will kill the Ferrari around tight city streets but the Ferrari blow it away on the motorway. So if the bike fits you then its the terrain you use that should dictate ;)

bicicletasbogota: 29, 26 0 27.5?

Michael Kupfer: Music please??

Mountain Bike Action: I know it's an older vid, but the debate still rages on. #wheels 

Daniel G: Totally true story here, I was buying a new bike last year (26") and there was a guy in the shop demanding his money back on the 29er he purchased 2 weeks prior. He was really pissed, the shop owner was trying to talk him around but the irate customer was having none of it, this guy had changed from a 26" bike, and the 29er he had purchased was not cheap either. Also I am really happy with my new 26" bike.

marsevin: I ve been riding 26er for almost 2 decades. Doing climbings and about 150km mountain a week with my last bike that cost about 5k euros. Jumping to 27,5er, by changing the wheels to my Santa Cruz blur xc carbon XTR, i found an important deference. The bike on steep climbs has better and easier traction. That means that you can climb with more stability and easier for about 20% i believe. Has less rolling resistance and this is very important when you are riding off road. Cornering is a little compromised so i would never go to 29er. So i believe 27.5 is the best choice. 

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: kitty riders 

Xpl1k3R890: i dont give a crap they all feel the same

Travis Sturgill: to be honest from my experiance 29 is way too big harder to turn and was just a big bike i love the 26 it has the right amount feel with response i want i can beat my friends all the time on my 26 they do catch me on the straights some times but the turns and hills i kill them every time my one buddy has a 29 and he can't find parts for it and its only 1 year old and 27.5 are hard to find tires for last time i checked 

cowan21: Yep, I need that extra 1.1/2 inch :/

Michael Hardy: i'm still on my "26" actually measures at 26.5" no desire for 29 (usually 28.5") and why go up only 1" to 27.5

freeskier250: I don't give a crap and ride my 26er

timolgreek: what about khs bikes???

Oinky Aldritz: It seems like i chose a bad year to get back into mountain biking, with the crappy wheel wars thing going on. I miss the days back in high school when picking a bike didn't involve choosing a freakin wheel size!

lgd661: Been running a 29er for the last year been nothing but disappointed the small advantages it gives can't compair to what it takes away, for some people I can see why they would prefer them but having used all 3 wheel sizes I would still say 26 rules as always as the perfect for most things wheel 

David Niquot: Ok, now a real test... give the man a 26, a 27.5 or a 29" without him knowing the real size.... i bet he will guess it right just a little above 50% of the time ... There are always drawback. In terms of physics, 26" are faster to spin, to stop, less gyroscopic force (better handling/less stability). 29" are certainly better for stability and traction... but by how much ..? So the question is ... do you want to loose 5% in handling to gain 5% in traction ..? => To me, this is sales gimmick.

bocinilla: i have 2 26" bikes, so i have not prejudice against 27,5" or 29". The only thing i can say is i did not like 29 when i tried and i liked 27,5". in my opinion 29" is slow to speed up and a little boring. i could not feel the diference between 26" or 27,5" in terms of acceleration but 27,5 has smoother rolling on than 26". So definitely 27,5".

MTBCesar: ME QUEDO CON LA 29ER POR SIEMPRE

alpha11ish: im sorry to report if its a sales gimmick they bike industry has won,in this months mtbuk it has reported that according to top brass bike manufactures 26inch wheels will be extinct in terms of new builds within two years,if you go onto many good bike sites all the top end bikes are now 29s and 26 is being pushed down the ladder until they will no longer make 26,so like it or not id say they wont build 26 anymore.its 29 or nothing.i guess we gotta move with the times.

JenicekUK: Also. I understand, that some people, which recently (in last three years) bought their new shining 26er are really feeling upset and trying to defend their loved ones. I am sorry guys, but most of the xc proffesionals driving for some reason 29er, the ones which had chance to drive some nice 29er bought it. Once your bike will be enough old, your next one will be either 27,5 or 29er, even you know this! :) :)

fawooter sevilla: para los que tenemos talla pequeña (1.64) mejor 27.5

Christopher Burgdorf: True! I also have a 26" hardtail (Giant MCM pro carbon) and a 29" hardtail (Giant XTC composite 29'er) and the differance is sooooo big. My time during a lap is a lot faster on the 29'er :)

bocinilla: i can not say "i've riding it for a month" because i didn't do it. My opinion is based on a trial (about 30 km).

costa200: Like i'm going to take advice from guys who can't even adjust their seats properly. All of them had their seats too high. One i even doubt he can pedal while seated. So yeah... big experts you got there!

JenicekUK: I have short story about 29ers vs 26. Been driving 26 bike for years until last year. My friend has bought 2012 x-cal 29er last summer. And I was able to take a ride on it for weekend. I felt advantages in rough terrains, though wasn't 100% sure about everything elese, bike felt really heavy to my 26. Yet I have desided to try bikes from different brands and discovered one, which handling as my old 26 bike, yet it is 29er. Specialized Carve. Can't imagine to go to anything smaller than that now.

Guillermo Fernandez: NEXT TME USE A FOR F100 ON 26" with remote lock out.

mikelo303: It is just amazing how at the end you show bikes without any note which wheel size it is. So 1st is 27,5 or 26? I cant see the difference.

Feliz Atene: Ride both. Different ride requires a different "ride" lol

Max Halterman: 27.5" (Black SixFifty656) was 1st, followed by 26' (orange XC604) then 29" (blue Flagstaff)

G1000RR: There should be no versus in this discussion. Both size of wheels work better in different areas. Depends on what you want out of your bike and the riding you do. There is no winner or loser. I've been watching a few of these videos and idiots start arguing, oh that's right it's the internet. Babies.

Christopher Burgdorf: A 29'er is A LOT faster and rolls A LOT better over bumps, roots and rocks + you can really feel the extra grip you get out of the bigger wheels. I also thougt a 29'er was a little slow to speed up in the very beginning, but after riding my Giant XTC 1 composite 29'er for only a few weeks a felt very comfortable riding it. I will never go with another wheel size than the 29'ers again :) You think a 29'er is a little boring because it's more stable and does ride smoother.

Chao Garcia: Who won?

kayakutah: Thanks. It's great when two bikes look the same and they come in 1st and 3rd, to name them!

suiram4u: that 29 "thing" belongs at the circus

NooDLES411911: I see the same argument with the 29. People say they just "tried" it instead of actually riding it for a month or what not.

NooDLES411911: My dad has been on a 29er for over a year now and he will never go back. We both ride XC, me a 26 and him a 29. Personally I feel 29 is too big for me, but it is perfect for other people.

trenttyre: you guys need video to accompany all of your articles. Especially now that digital copies are picking up in popularity.

Bmxboy228: .........,......

E dollo: I agree, but why are some companies like trek not even making 26" bikes anymore other then the session (DH)?? I have a 26" bike and a 29" bike, I like both for different kinds of riding. I just don't want them to totally get rid of 26" bikes all together just because 29ers are popular

Merlin Maertz: relax dude. :) The order was - 1st 27.5", 2nd 26" and 3rd 29". However, there was no real 'winner', just different rides. Each category has it's pros and cons. 27.5 just seems to be a good combination of agility, rolling power and traction. Great video guys!

Heaton08: Well this video is CLEARLY trying to sell the 650b tire...

jimmiethegerman: mike, yo have to full screen and rewind to about 25 secs and they identify the bikes and their wheel sizes. 27.5 first 26 second and 29 third

Remix Boysteav: i love 2.6 and 2.7 because i love to ride it and it smooth but 2.9 it a little bit boring and when people look at it , it kinda awesome because it big !

Abner villar infante: i have 2 bikes 26 and 29er so i can really feel the difference,..i tell you guys 29er is better than 26

Martin Zvarík: WHO WON? Can you please specifiy in description bike names and their wheel sizes??

Anthony Patrick Sibayan: at the end of the day it's still the rider that determines what is best for him/her..different strokes for different folks-- as they say

Robert Hubbard: I'm riding 27.5" front and back on a C-dale Prophet and I like it a lot. The drawback to my current rig is that it's pretty heavy....but when descending it's very stable and leverages the 140MM front/back very well.
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Mountain Bike Wheel Wars 29 versus 26 versus 27.5 4.6 out of 5

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