29er DH Finally Coming?

Discussion in 'Gravity Junkies' started by mtnbikej, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Chris
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    Summer 2019. There are no more 27.5s being produced.
     
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  2. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    This shiznit cracks me up. I rode a couple different 29ers for 6-7 years. After 7-8 months on my 27.5 I have no desire to ride a 29er. Of course technology could change all that. :Roflmao:D:laugh:
     
  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    2017 29ers aren't the same as as 2010 29ers. But you know that, 'cuz you have one.
     
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  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

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    Correct. They went to the 32.5. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    SSHHHH!!!.......:rolleyes::whistling:;)
     
  6. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Yeah - that large Niner "9" in your Avatar keeps it a secret! :whistling: :cool:

    Along with the words "Niner Jet 9..." :p
     
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  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Asscracks everywhere were deepened....
     
  8. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    29ers are only good on straight tracks, like this one...

    Snaky Ft. William.jpg
     
  9. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

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  10. riiz

    riiz Member

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    That is because the short guys should not be on a 29er. The tall guys on the 29er are kicking ass and people look at the wheel size and think I need that too. Nope, they need the appropriate wheel/frame sizing and skills to make it happen.
     
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  11. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    Or a set of 29" wheels! Wow!
     
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  12. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Yup, looks like it's sorting out that tall guys on 29ers may have an advantage, but average to small guys/gals on a 29er are struggling to find their form, and retreating to the familiar 27.5. Confidence beats the small advantage of a bigger wheel.

    Minnaar, Moir and maybe Dean Lucas are considerably over 6'0" tall. Luca Shaw (still on 29) is not. Those who are bailing off their experimental 29ers are under 6'0" tall. I wonder what Gee would do? He's tall.
     
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  13. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

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    I'm 5' 7" with shoes on....and I ride a 29er. Granted, not at the same level as the unknown individuals you reference above, but still...:whistling:
     
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  14. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    I think we have already established that you are not normal. Between your he-man gearing, your disdain for rear suspension and the fun it allows, and your oversized wheels - you are truly an enigma. A force to be reckoned with! :cool:

    But definitely NOT a dh-er. ;)
     
  15. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

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    Y'know, since you've exceeded 4K feet climbing now, you can join us tomorrow for Motorway...you'd love it!!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:
     
  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    The cat won't be done "perming".
     
  17. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Done it. In 2005. Kinda shows how much I loved it....
     
  18. da big hills

    da big hills Member

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    cagey
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    Gee mine has 155 front and 160 back and it rolls over most anything, but so did my 26. It is a plush ride that makes my 26 feel skittish. I do miss my triple crown. But I have learned to live with the short comings of a double crown and I am ok with it. I am too old to ride with the gravity dudes, the things they launch on the G spot would have scared the crap out of me even if I was younger. If I was a gravity dude: doing 10 foot vert drops and landing on steep stuff I prolly would rather have the stability of the 29.
    Happy well traveled trails on long travel bikes.
     
  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Spoiler Alert. If you care who won and haven't viewed it yet - stop reading.

    Consider it sorted out then. Bigger wheels for the bigger dudes, as many had predicted. 6'4" Greg smoked (almost) everyone on his big wheels in tight turns and a steep course, but the diminutive Aussie TB squeaked inside by .22 with the 27.5.
     
  20. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Hi kids - Let's get this thread fired up again.

    Last season was really a breakthrough year with virtually all teams and riders experimenting with 29ers. Santa Cruz of course came out swinging the hardest - possibly due to the tastes of 6'4" Greg Minnaar. Danny Hart, on the other hand, got off his 29er Mondraker as fast as he got on it. What we seemed to learn is not shocking - comfort and confidence on your bike far outweighed the wheel size as far as overall results were concerned. Yes, the 29er wheels roll faster, but there's more to it than that. Even on flatter, more pedally courses, the 29er was not as dominant as racers initially thought they would be. I believe the WC winner (Gwin) and the World Champ (Bruni) were both on 27.5" wheels.

    Intense were in the game as well, building Frankenbikes for Jack Moir and Dean Lucas. Jack did really well last season on his prototype 29er.

    So here we are in the middle of the preparation for the 2018 World Cup DH season. I stumbled upon this video on Vital focusing on the development of Intense's amazing looking 29er. And, although I ride an Intense, I am not automatically a fanboy. This video is a very honest look at the evolution of their current bike. The thing looks amazing with the shock tucked in clean and low. Some interesting thoughts by Jeff Steber and Chappy Fiene about what they learned last year.

    If you are at all interested in WC DH racing, give this a view. BTW - Dean Lucas just crushed everybody by 4 seconds in Australia, but it was a seeding run and not a race.

     
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  21. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

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    Dig the seatpost clamp.
    .
     
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  22. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    The LBS owner where I bought my bike asked if I would go 29 again, I said no. I'm 5'8" (ish).
     
  23. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

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    Weird. I can't imagine not being on a 29er, and I'm 5'7".

    To each their own. :thumbsup:
     
  24. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    Precisely
     
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  25. RS VR6

    RS VR6 Well-Known Member

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    Lee
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  26. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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  27. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    Josh
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    N+1
    My horse was likely abused and thinks everything is a race.

    Maybe that says something about my bike too?
     
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