At the realization that my three killer years of growth, development and learning on my Giant Anthem X3, have put the machine on its last wheels, it's time to return to the bike shops.
At the advice of many, and seeing the models of the winning cyclists at Convict recently (etc,) I think it's time to go for the 29er model.
I am sold on 29ers being a fast way to cover ground & am convinced of their speed advantage especially on reasonably sucky ground (eg, a field, sand etc), however as an allround fun trail bike how do they compare?
I see the yanks are crossing up and getting some serious air on the new generation of 120 - 140mm 29er bikes from the likes of Santa Cruz & Pivot etc but is this just for the marketing men to show that they can do it or are trail riders buying these $5000- $10,000 bikes and giving them a serious thrashing?
After getting hooked on big wheels but fancying a bit more spring than my current aluminum frame gives I've decided to take the plunge & go new old school. 853 steel with taper HT & the ability to run Gates belt drive (I also love the colour)
See you out there.
After 6mths owning my first 29er, (a fast ali hard tail ) I'm now looking at stepping up to a full bouncer.
I'm only after the frame as I already have some good wheels, Reba 15mm 120 taper forks, brakes, crank bars & stem so I'm only really after the frame.
I would love a Pivot 429 or Tallboy but the budget isn't there at the moment.
Within my current budget I have recently seen a Turner Sultan frame for $1300 & a Titus Rockstar for $1100.
Any thoughts on these frames for mainly trail riding with the occasion race wearing faster, lighter wheels.
Looking to replace the Racing Ralph's (front and rear) that came with my HT 29er.
Being in Perth, mainly ride at the Camel and Goat Farms, but also getting into the club races and doing the enduro events (but nowhere near the front)
Running tubes. Looking for good front traction.
Been suggested Crossmarks, another combo is Specialzed Captain (Front) and Renegade in the rear.
Any other suggestions?
So was just prepping my 2011 S-works for the Pemberton race tomorrow and noticed a buckle in the front wheel, on closer inspection found a large crease in the rim, right inline with a spoke! the spoke appears to be pulling through the rim slightly. So she is pretty farked I'm thinking.
What to do?? I don't have a spare 29er rim. Can I just run a 26inch rim? thoughts? anyone have a spare lying around?
Also do you think there would be any sort of warranty or crash replacement through Specialized? at least a cheaper deal "I was just rind along when...."
Having spent the last few rides on my new big wheeler Hard tail I am now seriously questioning whether there is any future for high spec 26" hard tail racers.
I may take this even further and ask whether the 26" xc duallie race bike's days are also numbered.
On the big wheels a slight loss of immediate acceleration is the only noticeable downside to the big wheel format that I have noticed, the new bike is smoother & faster plus cost 30% less than my 1kg lighter 26" racer.
My new big wheeled baby is coming together nicely. I've incorporated several new idea's & technologies that I've not used before so this rig will be a bit of a testing ground for me.
Project outline: 29er hardtail that will be fast enough to race but durable enough to take the Kalamunda drops & rocks. (Tyres exempt)
Budget: Approx $2000
Frame - On One Scandal 29er 19.5" interchangeable drop out with taper headset. 1.6kg*
Fork - RS Reba pop lock 120mm (can reduce to 100) with taper steerer & 20mm through axle. 1.8kg