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A bunch of the anecdotes I hear line up with the physics. Angle of attack and larger contact patch = faster. More grip and less deflection = more confidence = faster.
Higher rotating weight, higher unsprung weight = Slower and less manoueverableA bunch of the anecdotes I hear line up with the physics. Angle of attack and larger contact patch = faster. More grip and less deflection = more confidence = faster.
This. Personally, I don't notice much difference between 26" and 29" and my times on the ups and downs are very much the same. Going to 29" for me didn't result in some miracle faster times or anything like that. I'm fast on both wheel sizes and they are equal amounts of fun. One thing I will say is that the bigger wheels do make the bike feel like it has more travel (maybe more confidence inspiring?). My 29er with 125mm rear travel feels like it has more suspension travel than the 26er Spitty with 140mm in the rear....It's all pretty meaningless when you can adjust geometry, tyre design and width, suspension kinematics and overall design to account. Wheel size isn't that important...
Yep, I guess it all comes down to how and what you ride. Maybe I won't like those 29 characteristics because I like chucking it around, but also being a big dude I don't think it would hinder me much.Higher rotating weight, higher unsprung weight = Slower and less manoueverable
Reduced stiffness to wheels = less precise steering and lower confidence.
It's all pretty meaningless when you can adjust geometry, tyre design and width, suspension kinematics and overall design to account. Wheel size isn't that important
It's a dinky little opinion piece, in my opinion. Same sort of Bullshit as "26ers are dead". I see there are no comments. seems commenting was disabled. I'm sure readers would have plenty to say in reply.
All 26 inch related but seems to me time is more related to how you are mentally at the time.I'd like to know how many people actually care about times. Personally I just enjoy throwing the bike around and kind of over strava PRs which were made by a younger, braver (and lighter) self. These days I just enjoy riding features and railing berms and not snapping my spine on a jump. For that a mid travel 27.5 works well. I also have a medium travel 29 and a XC29. got rid of the mid travel 29er as it wasn't working but the xc has it's place.
You haven't missed any memo. Pressfit is garbage. Good for the manufacturer (eg. cheap to make) but rubbish for the owner....Pressfit BBs are another stupid where screw in ones that have worked for ages and it is very questionable why you would even bother designing a BB work to under preload tension instead. Willing to stand corrected and probably missed the memo on why it is better...
Yes, but realistically, it’s about numbers. If the bike makers thought they could make a dollar making all their own proprietary parts, they would. Cannondale sort of do it, and rely on their cult following to keep supporting them, but even they have essentially bent to reflect that people these days won’t stand for that.I agree with the dislike of all the changes but we are a whinging lot. Not many cars or motorcycles have "standards". Motorcars cannot even standardise a windscreen wiper. I think we are lucky that there are so many interchangeable parts.