The 29ers are coming...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: The 29ers are coming... Reply with quote

It looks like World Cup Downhill will be looking a bit different this year. The rumors have been circulating for a while that manufacturers were working on 29er downhill tech, Fox and BOS have developed triple clamp 29er forks and some spy shots have seen riders on suspiciously large wheeled bikes.

Santa Cruz dropped the first bomb though



The Syndacate will be racing at Lourdes this weekend on 29er V10's! Greg Minaar has driven the project and stated that in testing they were substantially faster than the 27.5 bikes.

Trek have a prototype Session 29er that Gee has been riding, Loic Bruni posted a photo on Instagram of a Demo with larger than normal wheels and a Fox tech posted a photo of the prototype 49 fork on what looks like a Mondraker Summum. Should put the cat amongst the pigeons!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well since the courses have been getting straighter and faster of the last few years it makes sense the bikes follow suit.

Fee sorry for your average punter who will be buying into it only to find they cant get it round the tight bits in their local woods. Look at the length of that thing, in needs a long vehicle board on the back.

I'm sure I heard somewhere Brendon Fairclough was going back to 26" for this year?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess if the bike is the perfect 'tool' for the job, then that's all the top teams will be thinking of.
I really like that Santa Cruz, but then again, I really like my 29'er which - although is obviously not as long as that bike, is probably longer than the average 27.5, and I don't feel it struggles with the twisty bits at Trail Centres.
I think even the new 29'er DH bikes, if they are pretty lightweight compared to an average none-pro budget 27.5, and have super stiff forks/wheels, then I'm pretty sure they will be just as nimble.

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The SC team did well on their new bikes dint they? Embarassed


Back to 26" next year then..... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robmet wrote:
The SC team did well on their new bikes dint they? Embarassed


Back to 26" next year then..... Laughing


Qualified 1st and the fastest time of the weekend, not bad. It was a shame that the weather rolled in half way through the men's finals as it would have been good to see everyone at race pace.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the fastest times on a 29er faster than the times previously on a 26er ?
I'm thinking no because the bigger wheel will be harder to wrassle round the tight corners especially at pro level speeds.Maybe evened out on the straighter stuff would be right.
I really hope @robmet is wrong (in the nicest possible way) that DH circuits are becoming straighter thus easier to manoeuvre.
It's as if over the years they have been trying to make Mountain Biking as a whole easier.
Less challenging perhaps ?
I mean what's next ?
A seat post that you can put up and down with a lever on the handlebars ?


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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently rode in a MTB XC type race with a fair bit of tight stuff in trees on the course and 29ers completely ruled. The time they lost on the tight stuff they more than made up for on the tracks.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CarnaptiousB'Stard wrote:
Are the fastest times on a 29er faster than the times previously on a 26er ?


At fort bill yes, Danny Hart ran the fastest ever time on his Mondraker Summum 29er at the British DH a couple of weeks ago...

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

29ers with boost and much stiffer wheels are fast as fook
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