What’s a 29er?

Although around since the '90's, lately there has been an upsurge in interest in 29er (or two-niner) mountain bikes. So, exactly what is a 29er?

Most mountain bikes use what is commonly called a 26 inch wheel which technically is an ISO 559 mm wheels. A 29er uses an ISO 622 mm wheel which is often used for road-racing, trekking, touring and cyclo-cross. For those of you adept at converting millimeters to inches, note that the 26" and 29" refers to the outside diameter of the wheel with the tire mounted.

 So, what does a larger diameter tire do for you on the trail? A higher "attack angle" and increased momentum allows the tire to roll over obstacles and rough trails easier, smoothing out the ride and reducing the energy you expend. The larger tire also has a greater area of rubber in contact with the trail which improves traction and control especially when climbing or turning. Riders also report a feeling of increased stability. 

Since there is no free lunch, what is the downside of a 29er? The larger wheels require slightly more engery to start rolling and to turn. In addition shorter riders (5'5") often have a hard time getting a good fitting bike due to the larger wheels. 

Route 31 Bike, Board & Ski currently stocks two models of 29ers. Both are entry level sport hardtail bikes featuring Alpha Gold Aluminum frames in the Genesis 2 configuration and mechanical disk brakes. The frame and fork geometry create a bike that is nimble in tight, twisty trails without compromising high-speed stability. The Gary Fisher Wahoo has an MSRP of $599.99 and it's bigger brother the Marlin comes in at $679.99. Upgrades from the Wahoo to the Marlin include suspension fork lockouts and upgraded rims, derailleur and stem.

ROUTE 31 DOES NOT SELL TREK OR GARY FISHER PRODUCTS THROUGH THE MAIL OR OVER THE INTERNET. ALL TREK AND GARY FISHER PRODUCTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR RETAIL STORE.