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Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

29 March 2015 - 1:23pm
I've got 26" and 29" bikes

I enjoy them both for different reasons.

I have 3 bikes in total

I have a GT Zaskar 26" mountain bike. it's great for single track and technical stuff. the 26" wheels are more nimble than the 29ers so they have their fun aspect but they're not as good over lumps and bump when it comes to speed

I have a Genesis Longitude 29er (fat compatible) running 2.4" X King tyres. it's really good for track and trail routes and rolls over stuff very easy. it's not as nimble on technical routes like the 26er but it a very good allrounder and lots of fun.

I have a Thorn Sherpa 26" touring bike. this is a great bike for what i mainly bought it for which is Touring(surprisingly). the 26" rigida grizzly wheels are strong and very light which is great for exeleration (or hill climbing). I had problems getting wheel parts for my (not so old) 700c Felt touring bike on a trip to Spain not so long ago and decided that 700c was not the way to go for touring abroad.
My 26" wheeled Thorn is great for almost everything. if i had to choose one bike it would probably be the Thorn .

Thorn has some blurb on their website about wheel size and explains why they chose 26". After many years and miles i agree with their stance on it.
They essentially state that the most important place to save weight is on the wheels. Rotational weight is very important and getting bigger, heavier wheels moving is obviously harder than getting smaller , lighter wheels moving. there is also the factor of how common the wheel is when needing parts which i found to be true even in a large city in Spain.
Then there is the strength of the wheel as mentioned before.

I think there is a lot of fad behind this wheel size thing but there is also a difference with them too. You have to decide honestly for yourself , what you want it for and then make the choice.

When touring the main thing that will enable you to complete the trip or get up the massive hill isn't how big the wheels are. it's your mind. People Tour on 20" wheels perfectly well.
It's just a choice.

so , again , i would say , Look at what type of riding you're doing, where you want to do it and then decide for yourself.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

29 March 2015 - 12:55pm
Vantage wrote:Pretty please with sugar on top, explain to us 'non-serious' types what a serious rider is. I await with baited breath.

To be honest, I'd dismissed you as a serious rider once you'd quoted Thorn as some sort of world authority on modern mountain bike design.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 5:25pm
Regurgatron wrote:
The 29ers are significantly faster up and down the mountain compared to my old 26" bikes,

B******s.

The good news for the 26" dinosaurs is that they can now pick up loads of high-end 26" kit cheap as chips as the serious riders move to 27.5 and 29.

Pretty please with sugar on top, explain to us 'non-serious' types what a serious rider is. I await with baited breath.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 1:29pm
I've got 2 29ers - a long travel full sus and a rigid singlespeed.

The 29ers are significantly faster up and down the mountain compared to my old 26" bikes, and the idea they are somehow less 'agile' or 'nimble' is just plain nonsense. I would not contemplate going back to a 26" wheeled bike.

The good news for the 26" dinosaurs is that they can now pick up loads of high-end 26" kit cheap as chips as the serious riders move to 27.5 and 29.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 10:56am
I rode 26" all my mtb-ing life and will choose that size again when I hopefully get another mtb.
29er is a fad and nothing more. Thorn (I think it was them) did a test to see if there was any difference in ride quality between 26" and 700c and found very little between them. So they stuck to 26" as it's easier to find tyres in that size, anywhere, not just in Tibet.
Mountain bikes are supposed to be nimble, light, strong and have decent mud clearances. Bigger wheels require bigger frames reducing the nimbleness for certain sized cyclists. The extra material used to make bigger rims and tyres adds weight (although little). It's easier to bend and break a longer stick than a short one so in my mind, the same applies to longer spokes and clearances between frame and tyre will be smaller unless the frames get bigger, again, bad news for shorties like me.
With any luck, the idea of 29ers will go the same way as URT suspension frames and Cannondales famous but amazingly more stupid one legged suspension fork (if there was a facepalm smiley I'd use it here).

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

28 March 2015 - 10:32am
Si wrote:It wasn't a snow specific tyre - meant for claggy mud more than anything, and very good at it it was.

Agreed.
I had a pair for a while and used them a couple times through snow covered moors and mudbaths and they were fantastic. Absolutely terrifying on hardpack trails or tarmac though!

22nd March 2015 ride to Gawthrop in Dentdale

25 March 2015 - 1:33pm
The view looking down Barbondale by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 22nd March 2015 ride to Gawthrop in Dentdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-20 ... march.html

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 12:45pm
Thanks geocycle, I made it as far as Dentdale on yesterday ride and busy editing the photos today as I am off on holiday this week.

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 11:48am
IMG_20150322_152303830 (Medium) (Small).jpgWonderful pictures Simeon thanks for sharing. Got out to Clapham on Saturday: spring at last.


PS. I am concerned that I can recognize some of your locations just from the cake on offer!

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 10:40am
It is indeed a great area to live and ride.

Have fun on your new more independent rides and keep posting!

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

22 March 2015 - 7:19pm
Thanks Bicycler, I am just lucky to live in one better cycle touring areas in England and decide last year to start more of my Sunday cycling from my front door instead back of my van and if anyone want to join me on Sunday ride, I start imformal group up, which mainly me and my camera, which meets at Halton Station (which is few minutes in driving time from junction 34 of M6 with free parking) on Sunday morningS at 9.15am in the Winter Months and 9.00am in the Summer months.

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

22 March 2015 - 3:08pm
Hi Simeon, I always enjoyed the RSF photos you put up so good to see you back posting on here

15th March 2015 ride to Burton-in-Lonsdale

21 March 2015 - 6:44pm
Heading along the lane towards Higher Broadwood. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 15th March 2015 ride to Burton-in-Lonsdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/15th-march-2015.html

8th March 2015 ride to Dunsop Bridge

21 March 2015 - 6:40pm
The view looking down Losterdale by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 8th March 2015 ride to Dent at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/8th-march-2015.html

1st March 2015 ride to Brigsteer

21 March 2015 - 6:37pm
Moss on the bridge across the Marsh Drain on the Marsh Road. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 1st March 2015 ride to Brigsteer at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/1st-march-2015.html

22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale

21 March 2015 - 6:34pm
A tree at side of the B6254 near Newton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/22nd.html

15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe

21 March 2015 - 6:31pm
Morning sunlight in Wray. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/15th.html

8th February 2015 ride to Knott End

21 March 2015 - 6:27pm
Reeds at side of lane on way to Bank Houses. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 8th February 2015 ride to Knott End at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/8th.html

1st February 2015 ride to Mill Side

21 March 2015 - 6:23pm
A view of the platform outside the Refreshment Room. by simeonorme, on Flickr

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