Archive for November, 2006 Mid-West 29er Meetup

November 30, 2006

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Separating The Sheep From The Goats

November 28, 2006

As I get more and more involved in the testing and riding of different 29″ers and some of the proprietary parts that go along with it, I am realizing one thing. Some of this stuff is going to go away. Yep! You won’t be seeing some of the bikes and some of the parts that you can lay hands on now in a year. Maybe less.

Alot of this has to do with the sheer economics of things and alot of it has to do with…….well, how can I say this?………Stupid things. Yes, that’s it,…….. stupid things.

First, the economics. There are so many single speed/ do-it-all frames and complete bikes out there for ’07 that I can not believe that all of them will survive to see ’08 or ’09 catalogs. The market for 29″ers, while growing, isn’t really going in that direction. I mean, how many 26 inch wheeled single speed bikes are flying out the doors of shops? See what I mean? There has to be more 29″er single speed complete bikes available from major bike brands than 26″ers. I just can not seem to remember a time when so many single speed bikes were available.

The market won’t support all of these SS 29″ers and it wants geared 29″ers that are mid-priced. And the whole she-bang is quickly going to move in the direction of All Mountain full suspension once the details of designs are worked out for 29″ers. Some bikes, like Niners R.I.P. 9 are already there. The SS 29″er glut will subside, mark my words!

Then there are the stupid things. Stupid like, Hey! Look at our new full suspension 29″er that will blow everybody else out of the water……..wha?……Reba forks hit the down tube?…..uh….wait a minute…..(crap!)…….Nevermind!” Yeah, stupid stuff like that is really happening out there. Tire clearance issues, fork clearance issues, and geometry that hasn’t been well thought out plagues several 29″ers out there. The evolution of the species will weed out these weak examples and they will become endangered species, if not extinct, in short order. Then the engineering side will come into play a little later on. Who did their homework and who didn’t? Well, it’s hard to say, but the scrap pile won’t lie, and it’s gonna get higher before it gets figured out. 29″ers put a lot different stresses on things than 26″ers do, so the best designs that are well executed will survive. (I’m betting that the only things that’ll survive a nuclear holocaust are cockroaches and Karate Monkees, but that’s just me!)

Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out. However, I just don’t see alot of these “bigwheeled goats” making the cut. That’s my take.

Fall for the Lenz

November 27, 2006

Land Trust on Monte Sano

Black Friday 29ers

November 24, 2006

Christmas is just a month away… what’s on your 29er list? (The Salsa Dos Niner is on mine!)

If you are looking to sell off your 29er stuff for some extra cash, be sure to check out the Twenty Nine Inches Marketplace. You can list your 29er gear for free.

Also, JensonUSA has a pretty good selection of 29er products. If you wanna easily see all their 29er stuff, check out these pages on our site:

Have a great Black Friday!


November 24, 2006


GT Peace 9er: First Impression

November 22, 2006

I’ve gotten a few rides in on the GT Peace 9er now. Did a ride through some pretty slow, muddy, slippery stuff and also riding on some faster singletrack.

So far all of the rides I’ve done have been with the 16T rear cog, which has limited the amount of climbing I’ve been able to. I’ll be changing that out over the next couple days (I have to go buy the tool first).

On the flat, fast track the Peace really shines through as a 29er. I was able to go a bit faster than the other SS I’ve been riding due to the small rear cog, which really had me pushing the speed through the corners and it held like a champ. The bike felt completely natural hitting the lazier turns at high speeds. Also, bombing down the hills felt pretty good as well.

One of the things I’ve trying to figure out is at slower speeds through tighter turns I keep hitting them to wide then over-correcting. Not sure if I’m just not doing something right, but this isn’t a normal problem for me. The headtube angle is at 72 degrees with a 45mm fork offset.

I’m comparing the riding to the Redline Monocog 29er and the Raleigh XXIX I’ve been riding pretty consistently over the past six months or so. The XXIX has a 71 degree head angle with 45mm fork offset. The Monocog has a 72 degree head angle with 1.5″ (38.1mm) fork offset.

Since this is a “first impression” I’ve got a good bit more riding to do and I’ll be able to do a more diverse set of trails once I get a bit bigger rear cog. Stay tuned…

Check out all the posts on this bike…


November 20, 2006

A big one, with a brilliant “bass boat” orange and blue powdercoat finish by Spectrum Powder Works

Contest is Over!

November 20, 2006

Big thanks to everyone that voted and submitted their 29er pictures!

And congratulations are in order for the winners!

After 616 votes, 28% of the vote went to the Gary Fisher Rig Project to win 1st and a set of Niner Bikes Rigid Fork. And with 25% of the vote, Big Wheels comes in 2nd to win a Niner Bikes t-shirt and hat.

Thanks again to Niner Bikes for sponsoring and the winners will be hearing from me shortly.

29"er Fox Forks In Our Future?

November 19, 2006

There are several sources telling us that Fox is in the process of designing and testing a new platform for a 29 inch wheeled specific front fork. This would probably be an ’08 release at the soonest. The details of such a fork are still a mystery other than to say that it has been indicated to us that it will have a “29”er specific crown”, which we take it to mean that the offset will be greater than the typical 38mm found on 26″er forks.

This will be a highly anticipated fork for 29″er afficiandos and should have a wider appeal to those thinking about trying out a 29″er for the first time. Fox is a highly respected fork in the 26″er ranks and would be a welcome addition for those looking for a high quality front fork on a 29″er.

Along with Manitou’s expected release of a 29″er front fork, the ’08 model year could be the “Year of the Fork” for 29″er freaks everywhere. Stay tuned for more updates as we recieve them.


November 19, 2006