Originally Posted by Trekchick
All this talk about 29'ers, 69'ers, 96'ers, and more......
I've been riding a few times with a friend on a 29'er, and have switched bikes with her a few times.
These are the sensations that would take some getting used to...
I'm not as comfortable cornering on the 29'er. Maybe it was this particular bike, but it felt like it had a tendency to wash out from under me if I really got after it in the corners
Getting the thing going. ugh, it takes a new skill and some patience to get those wheels rolling.
Is this me or is this a normal feel from a 29'er?
29er do not corner as well because of couple different reasons.
1. Long wheelbase needed to fit the larger wheels
2. sometimes a High Center of G, some 29ers have lower bottom brackets to combant this.
4. Tire contact patch will be longer and narrow than a 26 contact patch which will be the same size but it will be shorter and wider. A 29er has more brake traction/pedaling traction than a 29er but will have less side to side grip there.
was it front tire wash or back tire wash? also what tires and where they tubeless? On any Mountain bike the widest tire you can run that will fit on your frame is the fastest. Also the lowest pressure you can run tubeless with out stripping the tire of the rim is also the fastest.
After riding for a couple years now at sub 25lb of PSI I cant ride other peoples tubed bikes. The friction of tubes compressing and rubbing against the tires is way slow, the bike feels bouncy on all but the smoothest trail and the cornering just sucks!!! The easiest way to get people on tubeless bike is to let them ride a tubeless bike.