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26" folder

3 July 2014 - 2:33pm
Time to rationalise the bikes. I'm mostly on road but use the mountain bike occassionally on rough tracks and expect to use it on moorland tracks now that my son lives in north yorks. I don't drive after health issues so use the rain from time to time, but more likely is for my wife to drive us, but she won't drive with the bike rack on the car. I think a folder will be practical for my uses. It won't be wild downhill stuff. I'll use it in winter too as I've got 26" winter stud tyres for commuting I know Dahon did one but the only 26" I can find is the Espresso which seems more of an urban bike than off- roader. Montague seem to get good reviews, but seem a bit pricey for the amount of use I'll get Are there others worth considering?

Re: Trail Manners?

2 July 2014 - 10:12pm
Unfortunately, a walk around Rivington on a weekend and you run the gauntlet of the woolyback mountain bike club, who have some really inconsiderate members who do exactly the same as what was mentioned in the OP but on footpaths and bridleways.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

1 July 2014 - 2:19pm
It will take you more rides than you think to fully conveince you, but :
- If you are not too short
- You do not ride 100% very techy, tight course

Then you will love them in the end !

22nd June 2014: A ride to Great Langdale

29 June 2014 - 10:44pm
Joe and Howard a bit further along the cycle path in Pull Woods. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of 22nd June ride photos of the ride to Great Langdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014photogallery/june/22nd.html

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

28 June 2014 - 1:56pm
Thanks for the tip for the Neoguard - just fitted one this morning.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

27 June 2014 - 5:18pm
Unless it's well designed like a Karate Monkey or Canfield.....

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

27 June 2014 - 3:18pm
A lot also depends on your height - if you are over 6' then there will be few compromises on frame sizing. I'm 5'7" and on a road bike I get tyre overlap on 700c - a 29er MTB will be worse or have some odd geometry to get the wheels to fit.

Re: Singlespeeding

26 June 2014 - 3:38pm
I'm on 33:19 on my 29er.
Used 33:17 at first and managed some pretty hilly rides but the new gear is better overall I think.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

26 June 2014 - 1:34pm
I have both 26 and 29er hardtails, I enjoy riding them both but when the 26/29 arguments were in full flow several years ago, I decided to do my own comparitive test. Both bikes weigh roughly the same - 13kg. I took them out on a 19 mile local route which includes a bit of everything, some road, some cyclepath, some fire road and some singletrack. I rode on different days and in identical weather and track conditions. I rode at a normal (for me) pace throughout. The end result was that the 29er completed the route some 6 minutes quicker and at an average .5 mph higher speed. It might not sound much but, effectively, the 29er would have been nearly a mile in front.

That said, as I mentioned at the beginning, I enjoy both bikes and when planning a ride will decide which bike is best suited to the route. The 26er is more nimble and accelerates faster. The 29er is more stable and seems to float effortlessly over steps and small ramps. When descending a fast trail, the 26er is better in the twisty stuff and turns quicker to avoid rocks and other trail debris, the 29er handles rocks, yumps and bumps better.

As to stuff flying up from the front wheel, may I recommend a neo guard, a really useful bit of kit. Or make something similar with a section of old inner tube and some zip ties.

All that said, I'd love to try a 27.5.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

26 June 2014 - 10:40am
flash wrote:...had a Jones, couldn't get on with it, try a few.....

Oooh, a rather pricey experiment to not succeed! Especially if the all-singing, all dancing Ti beastie.

Re: New to biking in the UK

26 June 2014 - 10:32am
Enjoy!

Re: Singlespeeding

25 June 2014 - 9:05pm
32 X 18 on mine...

Re: Fixed gear mountain bike

25 June 2014 - 9:03pm
I used the disc / fixed sprocket, worked well, but mine now has a proper flip flop hub......it's a bit scary riding fixed off road but I had 2 Karate Monkey's, 1 SS the other fixed, hardly touched the SS one, now gone, fitted a flip flop to the other so I use SS when I race, or do more technical rides, but 90% of the time it's fixed....

Re: Fixed gear mountain bike

25 June 2014 - 8:58pm


Now with nicer wheels and a Avid V brake, instead of the disc. I love it.......

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

25 June 2014 - 8:54pm


Here's me and Cab finishing the Gravel Dash, 100 miles MTB ride, 8000 feet of climbing, both fixed.....love my Karate Monkey.......

Re: New to biking in the UK

25 June 2014 - 8:52pm
I bought it!

It's a Specialized Hardrock...from 1991
I saw it on Gumtree and loved it. Got it for a ridiculous price compared to any new bike and the conditions are pretty good, I would ay excellent given it's been kept in the UK!
Almost no corrosion (the guy said it has been lying in a garage for at least a decade) and the mechanics feels pretty sound.

I will open up a thread about my new bike and keep you posted

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

25 June 2014 - 8:44pm
Yes a lot depends on which 29er. I have a Surly, it's spot on, had a Jones, couldn't get on with it, try a few.....

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

25 June 2014 - 7:35pm
Sounds to me like the problem is with the specific bike rather than 29ers in general.

I can put all of my 29ers on my shoulder (not all at once though ), and the ride feels lively on all of them.

Remember all bikes are just a different set of compromises and it's up to you to choose the compromises that fit your terrain and riding style the best. For me, if I am off road then that is likely to be a big wheeler (29er or fatbike).

Yes, they are harder to accelerate, and decelerate and steer than a smaller wheeled bike, but the comfort, the roll and the momentum pays off in my mind on anything that is not lovely and smooth.

You pays your money.......

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

25 June 2014 - 6:25pm
I borrowed a 29er for a month a couple of years ago & for mostly the reasons you mention I found the compromises outweighed the benefits, this year I borrowed a 650b/27.5 and found this strikes a much better balance so have invested in one.

29 incher - all hype?

25 June 2014 - 6:20pm
I bought a 29 incher last Autumn and whilst it's a very capable bike (Whyte) I can't help but feel that the 29 inch wheel on a mountain bike is total marketing hype.
Ok it rolls slightly better on the rough but everything else is compromised in my opinion. The frame is a mess to look at - extra bends to squeeze the back wheel in, flattened sections to make more room and dreadful tyre clearance. The ride feels a little dead to me due to the massive wheels, all the crud flies up in your face because the front wheel is so far out in front. Lastly as a cross country machine it's impossible to lob it on your shoulder.

What do the rest of you think?
A step forwards?

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