Mountain Bike Wheel Wars 29 Versus 26 Versus 27.5




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Chris Gibbs: Not a bad comparison, it should be mentioned that a proper Trail/AM 26" will soak up descents with the best geometry for the situation, if descending is on your list of importance. On the same note, the longer wheelbase of the 27.5 is because it's a 27.5. If the 26 wasn't a XC geo, it wouldn't have a shorter wheelbase. This makes it the snappiest at turning, which the 27.5 and 29 can't accomplish. If we are talking XC style, 26 is best at flowy, 29 at flat and distance, 27.5 at I can't pick or ride too much of each.

Robert Urban: nonsense comparison - as I see it 26" with wide tyres is best off-road, 29" is better on-road but in straight line only :) so I stick to my 26" for all around performance. Regarding 27.5"...yeah right how about 28.3"....idiotic ideas. 

Tony Rekert: fairly useless comparison - hard to tell which wheels were which.

Radnie Danid: waw amazing.very nice.bikers.

Evan Gorczynski: I ride trails that have lots of slippery roots and wet hard pack year round and my 29er way out grips my 26". I came from a BMX so i will admit the 29er is not as agile in the air and in really tight stuff but over all it makes the ride much more enjoyable.

eduardo garcia: ..i ride my ROCK RIDER SIX.3 26ER 3×9 everyday to work..i live in a city with climbs and descends and it performs well the way i wanted..

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 

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 

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 ;)

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. 

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

Aydin Karli: 29er hard to claim hills forewer 26

bicicletasbogota: 26, 29 o 27,5 ?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: kitty riders 

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 :/

geaR: i shred on my 29er and 26er. 

bicicletasbogota: 29, 26 0 27.5?

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

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

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

Michael Kupfer: Music please??

robkez313: music is so annoying had to mute it

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!

timolgreek: what about khs bikes???

Вихрен Костадинов: Yesterday got my 29er full-suspension and it feels very different from my last 26er hardtail.I feel like it is a bit slower on ascents or at least harder to pedal,probably due to the extra weight.When it comes to downhill,however,the 29er is just a pleasure to be ridden,especially with rear shock and bigger fork.More speed and confidence.The jumps are a little harder to jump off but I'm not used to this bike yet so hope I improve my technic and become a stronger rider overall!

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.
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