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29r Commuter

by RL Policar

The biggest thing to hit the bike industry in the past couple years is the 29r bikes, in other words 29 inch bikes.

What’s a 29r you ask…Well the whole theory is that the bigger the wheel diameter, the more surface contact and the better you roll.

Here’s a diagram that best shows the difference between a 26″ wheel to a 29″ wheel…

You can even learn more about 29rs from our sister site, Twentynineinches.com

CbB has been blessed on the types of bikes we’ve tested since we’ve been around. Bikes such as road, mountain, hybrid, fixed and even a 4 wheeled rowing machine!

However, we haven’t had an opportunity to test out a 29r mountain bike…or at least not yet.

I did speak with the guys at KHS a few days ago and they agreed to let us test their bad mamma jamma, the Tucson. But it won’t be here until mid February.

So in the mean time, we’ve been day dreaming, and even have been going to a LBS to test ride the 29r’s they have on the shelves.

If you have a suggestion in which 29r bike we should test out, let us know.

If you’re a bike company that has a 29r that you’d like get some free exposure on by letting us review it, EMAIL me. Just the idea of 29r bikes as commuters sounds very cool to me. I think this could be a whole new way for 29r bikes to be ridden!

 
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11 Responses to “29r Commuter”

  1. anonymous says:

    “I think this could be a whole new way for 29r bikes to be ridden!” Huh??? – People have been riding “29rs” as commuter bikes for years…they’re called “hybrids”, “flat bar road bikes” or (gasp!) “road bikes”…

  2. RL Policar says:

    anonymous relax…

    The 29r bikes that I am talking about are mountain bikes such as the KHS Tucson. Yes I know that hybrids, and road bikes have “29r” wheels. But for the most part you really can’t use them as a dual purpose bike.

    A 29r would make an awesome commuter due to its wheel diameter, and the fact its a mountain bike, heck you can take it out on the weekends on any trail.

  3. Nick says:

    Yeah, it’s just 700c rims with fat tires, if I’m not mistaken.

  4. Nick says:

    Though, yeah, you do need a bike with the clearance to accept said tires, which is what a “29er” refers to – the bike, not just the wheel.

  5. Rydman says:

    I visit this site regularly because I am a commuter and a bike enthusiast. Funny enough my 26er commuter got stolen last week, sad I know. I ride a 29er mountain bike, so my thought was to build a 29er commuter. I currently ride a Gary Fisher Rig, so I have been checking out GF’s Dual Sport line of bikes, which is the same geometry of their 29er line, with front suspension and skinny tires. They also have the Fast City line which is more commuter like rigid and skinny tires. Schweet bikes. I looked at a lot of other brands and these fit exactly what I was looking for at a resonable price. Sorry for the long comment.

  6. RL Policar says:

    Rydman….

    That’s EXACTLY what I am talking about! Using a 29r for a commuter and you can even use it for some single track!

    Thanks Rydman!

  7. Nick says:

    I know it won’t make much of a difference on full- or front-suspension bikes, but I’d like to know the difference in weight between a 29″ wheel and a 26″ wheel.

  8. Jay says:

    Part of my commute goes through the flat section of a local mountain bike trail. Cuts a mile or two off my commute and saves 5 minutes. I use a Surly Crosscheck (which has 29ers of course) built up currently as a single speed. Sorry Nick, haven’t had my stted ‘fixed’ yet:) While I don’t know my tire specs off the top of my head, they’re wider, but not as wide as mtb tires. The middle of the tire tread is fairly smooth with more aggressive tread on the sides for cornering in the trails. Perfect setup for my commute. Fast on the street, yet able to fly through the trails and corner without the fear of losing traction. Of course with the current tire setup, it is not really meant for aggressive mountain biking.

  9. Jay says:

    My last post should read, “Sorry Nick, haven’t had my steed ‘fixed’ yet. Dang, a good joke screwed up by my own typo…I’m going home…

  10. Nick says:

    That’s okay, it was still funny.

  11. [...] *A 29er MTB Commuter??? KHS bikes will lend us the Tucson 29er to test mid-February. Meanwhile, RL keeps dreaming of riding one. [...]

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