29er vs. 26″ plus 27.5″


29er: 

The 29er is a bike with rims that have a height of about 24.5 inches. The average 29″ mountain bike tire has an outside height of about 29.15 inches.  There is a debate about what type of riding is best for the 29er… I would have to say that the tires defiantly add a little weight, but make for a better landing. And the 29er increases stability without sacrificing quick handling, and better ability to roll over obstacles. 

26″:

The typical 26″ rim has a height of 22.0 inches and an outside tire height of about 26.2 inches. The smallest of tires, is the lightest, and is easier to get uphill, but for an experienced rider. Will the small tires, it is not as easy to go over logs, rocks, ect.

26"(left) 29"(right)

27.5″:

You have read about 29er’s and 26″ , but they have decided that there should be something in the middle. That’s where 27.5″ comes in… There has been so much debating which is better 29″ or 26″ well, if you can’t make up your mind…. 27.5 is the answer! The tires on this bike are 27.5″ tall. Right in the middle.

http://easybib.com/key/44fe9a

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2 Responses so far »

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    Mr. H said,

    Emma,

    This sentence confuses me. “The bike is mostly used for and the average 29″ mountain bike tire has an outside diameter of about 29.15 inches.”

    What is the 29er mostly used for?

    Also, what do you mean when you mention, “There is a debate about what type of riding is best for the 29er…”

    I apologize if the answers are obvious, but I’m a mountain biking newbie.

    Mr. H


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