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Old 07-29-2013, 08:05 AM
Colophon Colophon is offline
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My bike was stolen a few months ago and I replaced it with a 29er. Anecdotally, it has reduced the time taken for my commute by about 10%, but then the 26" bike was a full suspension model and the 29" is a hardtail, so that is probably partly responsible.

I do also find it rolls over obstacles much better off road. It gives a much smoother ride than a 26" hardtail, more different than you would think for the relatively small change in wheel size.

The trade off is slightly more weight and slower acceleration, but once you are up to speed you have more momentum.