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Mountain bikes with 29” wheels have become increasingly popular over recent years but are no new invention and were first introduced back in 1999 on race bikes. Today, 29” tires are found on bikes across all of the mountain riding disciplines and are still renowned for their rolling efficiency, speed, and control. 29-Inch mountain bikes have more roll-over capability and traction than 27.5-inch mountain bikes, yet sacrifice agility and turning radius.
What is a 29-inch bike?
29-inch mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes and are found throughout all the mountain bike disciplines. 29-inch mountain bikes have a larger wheelbase and overall length than 27.5-inch mountain bikes and will feel sturdier and more in control than a smaller-wheeled bike.
How tall should you be for a 29-inch bike?
Thanks to different frame sizes of an individual bike, adult riders of all heights can ride a 29” mountain bike. Although the larger tire sizes may look disproportionate to a smaller body size, with a smaller frame size, a shorter rider can reap the same benefits of 29” tires as a taller rider. Most taller adult riders tend to ride 29” bikes due to being more relative to their size, however, mountain bike tire sizes are not height-specific and are more of a personal preference.
What is the advantage of a 29-inch mountain bike?
Mountain bikes with 29” tires are popular among all riding disciplines and are favored by riders who prefer rolling efficiency, speed, and control over agility and playfulness. 29ers have amazing roll-over capability and are able to eat up bigger rocks on the trail than a smaller 27.5” tire, which means you can carry more of your speed over obstacles. Another advantage of having larger tires is that more of the tire is contacting the dirt at any given tire compared to a smaller diameter tire, which means more traction and control.
Which bike brands make the best 29 Inch mountain bikes?
Numerous brands make quality 29” mountain bikes. Whether you're looking for a 29” hardtail, full-suspension bike, or even an E-bike, you can trust brands like Marin, Norco, Yeti, and Santa Cruz.
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