View Poll Results: What Size Wheel Is Your Primary Mountain Bike?

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  • 26" - Old School

    14 16.67%
  • 27.5" - I'm can't commit to a 29er yet.

    11 13.10%
  • 27.5"+ - Maybe my next bike will be a 29er.

    3 3.57%
  • 29er - Why would you ride anything else?

    42 50.00%
  • 27.5+ and 29er - My bike goes both ways

    14 16.67%
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    ...saying things like: "I should not have been able to do that." or "I would have eaten shit right there on my old bike" or just plain "whoo-hoo!!!"
    Can you elaborate... I'm still pondering the choice of 29" or 27.5", and there's an additional consideration regarding my fork... Whether to bring it down to 110-120mm travel for the 29", or keep 140mm travel with the 27.5".

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Can you elaborate... I'm still pondering the choice of 29" or 27.5", and there's an additional consideration regarding my fork... Whether to bring it down to 110-120mm travel for the 29", or keep 140mm travel with the 27.5".
    Sure. It is interesting, though, that I posted that over a year ago. It popped back up because someone randomly answered the poll question. My statement still rings true.

    When riding through chunk with some speed or hitting a babyhead not quite right or whatever, other bikes will kick you off your line sideways. My bike seems to glob over that obstacle and stay on line. The 27.5x3.0 inch front tire seems to absorb the hit and maintain traction. My experience is more related to the large volume, low PSI tires than wheelsize/fork travel. It is also the most stable bike I've ridden thanks to the low/long/slack geo. It is a 150f/135r mm travel, so still pretty forgiving in that regard too.
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    Makes you wonder what magic they had back then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It popped back up because someone randomly answered the poll question.
    Sorry, my fault, was doing a search a few days ago and this popped up. I didn't realize answering the the poll would resurface an old thread. I've stayed quiet hoping it would slowly dissipate. Much like SpiceWookie's promised thread of aquarium buyer email anecdotes. NBR: Mega Aquarium for sale
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Makes you wonder what magic they had back then...
    It's strange. That video looks like it was done in the 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    Sorry, my fault, was doing a search a few days ago and this popped up. I didn't realize answering the the poll would resurface an old thread. I've stayed quiet hoping it would slowly dissipate. Much like SpiceWookie's promised thread of aquarium buyer email anecdotes. NBR: Mega Aquarium for sale
    You are poking a Wookie with a stick. Not advisable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Makes you wonder what magic they had back then...
    Well, it was the early 90s, so I'm guessing cocaine. How else would you explain all the unneccesary wheelies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddbrider View Post
    Well, it was the early 90s, so I'm guessing cocaine. How else would you explain all the unneccesary wheelies?
    There has never been an unnecessary wheelie. Ever.
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    think I still have some of those oldschool Scott wrap around handlebars from the early 90's wrapped in lime green tennis racket handle tape. It wasn't easy getting up to speed with Farmer Brown wire bead tires!
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    I remember farmer brown’s! Had those on my Schwinn High Sierra. Certainly not a fast roller.

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    Just put some of these 29x2.6" Nobby Nic's on this past week. Think they changed the rubber compound on them recently, supposedly grippier. Hard to find and expensive unfortunately.

    Fit my '17 Fuel Ex with no issues (29mm internal rims come stock). I had 2.4's before, feels different I think that partially tread differences. They seem to roll fast, probably faster than tires I had on before (stock bontrager XR3's). Probably the biggest I will go until someone smarter than me convinces me 2.7 is the new hotness.
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    they fit on my process 111, just barely.



    had to cut the rear

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    Those NN 2.6 seem just about perfect for central texas, and the NICs have been surprisingly durable for a schwalbe. They arent as grippy in loamy fast stuff as a minion but predictably drift when pushed too hard.
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    This seems like a helpful chart re. researching tire/rim/wheel sizing... According to it, if I were to go from a 2.3 to a 2.5 tire (26") there would be a little less than a 1/2" (10mm) increase in wheel diameter, which means a little less than a 1/4" (5mm) radius increase. Knowing this should give an idea of whether your currect fork can safely take a 2.5 tire. On a Suntour Raidon fork (on my wife's GT Helion) it would be getting close to rubbing the arch.

    I know it's not an exact science as tire sizing differs between manufacturers (some 2.5s will have higher profiles, others have lower profiles) but it's a start.

    Here's the link... BikeCalc.com - How to calculate Bicycle Wheel Size
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    Okay, so this caught my interest and I took a quick look at tire ETRTO on Schwalbe's website (https://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_info/tire_dimensions)... According to Schwalbe, their 27.5 Nobby Nic 2.6" SnakeSkin TL Easy Apex has an 65-584 ETRTO, which, when compared to 27.5 circumference sizes given on the linked page — which are... ETRTO 54-584 = 2195 mm, ETRTO 57-584 = 2215 mm, ETRTO 60-584 = 2240 mm — would mean that the 2.6 should be, and this is just roughing out some quick calculations... Around a 1/2"+ increase over a Hans Dampf 27.5 x 2.35 (ETRTO 60-584) tire.

    Again, not exact science, and there is the increase of inflation to add, but it helped me get a better idea of how tire sizing re. diameter works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    the NICs have been surprisingly durable for a schwalbe...
    ~100 miles as a rear:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    ~100 miles as a rear:
    Is that with their completely new rubber compounds released last year? Thought those were supposed to address noted life issues.

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    I'll have to check later. I have a mix of both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    I'll have to check later. I have a mix of both.
    It is trailstar.

    I have a couple of the new ones so it'll be nice if they last longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    It is trailstar.

    I have a couple of the new ones so it'll be nice if they last longer.
    Fingers crossed, would be great if schwalbe had indeed finally solved their life issues.

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    Had the snakeskins in trail and pace without any issues, although i really dont have many issues with tearing up tires.
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