Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Finally got a new bike...29er TRACTOR!

  1. #1
    Member hodgeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Delta Junction AK
    Posts
    4,055

    Default Finally got a new bike...29er TRACTOR!

    Last summer (after piles and piles of miles) my wife retired my beloved, worn out, 10yr old Novara and sold it in a yard sale... Intending on buying me a new one for Father's Day. Long story short- lots of crap happened and I went bikeless last year.

    Finally corrected that yesterday- got a Specialized Rockhopper 29er. I can't believe this thing. It climbs like a tractor... what a difference! Hydraulic disc brakes, mega low gearing, huge wheels rolling over the rough stuff. Just wow. I can't believe how much better this bike is than my old one- for about the same money!

    Anything in particular to watch for with all this new fangled technology?

  2. #2

    Default

    I got a 29" "Overdrive" last year and love.

  3. #3
    Member AK Ray's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    South Central
    Posts
    2,541

    Default

    Are 29" bikes suitable for those of us with a short inseam, just longer than said wheels?

    From what little I have read it appears that 29" bikes are really suited for those with longer legs. I need to look into it more, but was wondering what you folks that have been riding them think.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Are 29" bikes suitable for those of us with a short inseam, just longer than said wheels?

    From what little I have read it appears that 29" bikes are really suited for those with longer legs. I need to look into it more, but was wondering what you folks that have been riding them think.
    NO, they offer most all frame sizes. It is just the tire & Wheel that are larger.

  5. #5

    Default

    The important thing is the stand-over height. Some you fill find too tall for someone with a short inseam. Others will be fine. When you look at a 29-inch bike just check the geometry compared to your inseam.

  6. #6
    Member hodgeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Delta Junction AK
    Posts
    4,055

    Default

    I had to get a smaller frame than I normally ride- on a 26" bike I use a 21" frame and I'm 5'11, on my 29" I bought a 19" frame. Fits about the same overall.

    The 29" wheels feel a bit awkward handling at first but the different ride quickly makes up for it.

  7. #7
    Member hodgeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Delta Junction AK
    Posts
    4,055

    Default

    Finally got it out for a decent road test... the 3 miles of pipeline corridor were a muddy, slushy mess and the 29" bike felt a little clumsy but rolled over obstacles nicely. The ride back on the highway in high gear was incredible- those big wheels really made a high speed ride very stable, even in a stiff wind. Top speed on level ground would leave my old 26" sucking wind big time.

    I think I'm gonna like this thing- a lot.

  8. #8
    New member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2

    Default

    I've got the same bike and I dig it.

  9. #9
    Member hodgeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Delta Junction AK
    Posts
    4,055

    Default

    I've put about 200 miles on it since that last post and the more I ride it the better I like it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •