Bigger wheels equal bigger tyres and more grip
Naturally, with the increase in diameter to 29-inch wheels comes an increase in stability - and that’s particularly significant when it comes to rough terrain. On ‘big mountain’ descents where you’ll find large rock and root features, a 29-inch wheel will cope better and provide more stability, enabling the rider to remain confident and fast through technical sections.
“29ers aren’t new, actually they’ve been around almost as long as the 26-inch wheel has, the key thing at moment is the advances is technology. With the introduction of boost hubs front and rear, 29ers have really shown the trail, alpine and enduro markets what they are capable of.”
- Sam Bannister, Bike Buyer.
The best of both worlds: 29ers offer the climbing ability of a trail bike with the stability of a downhill racer
One of the main selling points of a longer travel 29er is its ability to feel as confident as a downhill bike on the descents but remain as nimble and responsive on the climbs as a shorter-travel, 27.5” trail bike. This is a major reason why the 29-inch, longer travel philosophy is becoming so popular throughout both the enduro racing and trail riding scenes.
“I feel the slight loss of manoeuvrability you get with a 29er is worth the overall speed, and the improving geometries and lighter & lighter weight builds have really made the 29er a force to be reckoned with out on the trail.”
– Tom Crane, Equipment and Components Buyer.