What's up with these silly 29" and 27.5" wheels.....???

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    What's up with these silly 29" and 27.5" wheels.....???

    I stopped into a bike shop this afternoon, and it looks like pretty much all the really expensive nice bikes (like over $500) now take 27.5" and 29" wheels? That's CRAZY!!!! They told me 29" wheels came from road/hybird bikes and 27.5" came from wheelchairs..........I've never heard of something so absurd!

    Unless it's got a 26" wheel, it's not a mountain bike!!!!

    Real mountain bike:

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    Abomination:

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    It's called technological innovation. You can't buy skinny skis at ski shops anymore either.

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    Wanna do a bike off??? My long travel 29er vs your jankie whip w/26" hoops??
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodCore View Post
    Wanna do a bike off??? My long travel 29er vs your jankie whip w/26" hoops??
    You can't be serious, there's no way your hybrid bike is any good off road compared to a real mountain bike!
    Last edited by Highway Star; Apr 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM.
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    Real men ride 24" wheeled mountain bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    Real men ride 24" wheeled mountain bikes.
    24" wheels are for kids bikes, even I know that.
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    Keep telling yourself that.

    It's okay if you can't handle the 24er, a lot of guys can't.
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    Here's the google image search for 24" mountain bike:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=24%2...w=1344&bih=758

    Looks like kids bikes to me....
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    You're doing it wrong.
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    I'm interested in trying one. I'm so far overdue for a new bike and I've heard about the ups and downs of larger wheel size.

    I haven't ridden both though so I can't really comment on what the differences mean to me and the type of riding I Do (mostly, cross country, but I do like blasting downhill)
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