Mountain Biking Overview
Let's quickly touch on the basics of mountain bikes before jumping into the details of '29er dualies'. Though today mountain biking is a rapidly growing sport with many race genres the idea of off road biking has been around since the 1860's, more or less in the form of cyclocross. Breaking into the mountain biking scene can seem a little daunting especially with the wide range of mountain bike models available, each with their intended riding category. Not to mention the different sized wheels and shocks. Thankfully two features are common to all mountain bikes: 1/ they are durable
2/ they are built for (rougher) off-road terrain. Below we look at what is a 29er full suspension mountain bike (also known as a 29" dual suspension mountain bike) and it's features.
What does '29er' mean?
Unlike its other cousins, the 29 inch mountain bike has globally adopted a nickname; the '29er.' This simply refers to the wheel diameter of the bike making it the largest in the family of mountain bikes. The larger wheels and knobby tyres give the bike a monster truck look. Though it may not roll over cars it certainly turns mountains into molehills!
Why choose a 29" wheel size?
Other than cool looks 29er's do have benefits due to their larger wheel diameter. These include superior traction when compared to smaller tyres and the ability to easily coast over bumps and obstacles whilst maintaining momentum.
Like most things, opting for a larger wheel size does trade off certain other features. 29er" mountain bikes have slightly weaker wheels due to the increased lateral movement of the spokes. They are also slower to accelerate and are slightly heavier than their 26" wheeled counterparts.
The 29er Boing Boing (29er Dual Suspension Mountain Bikes)
In roughly the early 1990's the first rear suspension shocks started to appear in the consumer market on mountain bikes. Initially only 26" wheeled bikes were available, and mostly with just rear suspension. By 2004 the presence of full suspension bikes was a prominent feature for both 29er" and 26" varieties. Today 29er 'fullies' are one of the most popular mountain bike types, largely in part due to the wider uptake of mountain biking.
The Dual Suspension bike is generally more expensive than a single suspension 29er bike, but this is for a reason. Not only is the ride more comfortable, but it is a lot faster in down hill riding. Generally when a single suspension bike hits continuous bumps, the front wheel will jump up, slowing down the pace. A dual suspension bike will absorb the bumps, staying low to the ground over each individual bump. They are well suited to trail and enduro mountain bike riding where smoothness of the ride and traction is paramount.
The 29er Dual Suspension Advantages
Not only is the ride more comfortable, but it is a lot faster down hill. Generally when a single suspension bike hits continuous bumps, the front wheel will jump up, slowing down the pace. A dual suspension bike will absorb the bumps, staying low to the ground over each individual bump. They are well suited to trail and enduro mountain bike riding where smoothness of the ride and traction is paramount.
The bells and whistles
Everyone loves extra goodies! Full suspension bikes are no exception, with plenty of drool-worthy accessory options including lock-out shocks, auto-dampening shocks and seat shocks, not to mention carbon fibre frames in exotic shapes. Throw in some hydraulic disc brakes and you'll have one heck of a machine.
29er Dual Suspension Brands:
There is a wide range of 29er Dual Suspension bike brands available, bellow is a list of popular 29er Dual Suspension bike brands to help you on your way:
- Search for Avanti 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Cannondale 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Giant 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Lapierre 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Merida 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Norco 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Trek 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Specialized 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
- Search for Scott 29er Dual Suspension Bikes.
How to Make the Best 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike Purchase
Set your budget first and then choose a mountain bike that not only fits it but also suits your style of riding. Some of the things to keep an eye out for are changes in the drivetrain, frame material and suspension model. Carbon frame bikes often feature the pinnacle of mountain biking technology resulting in a fairly hefty price tag. If shredding seconds off your race time isn't a priority then opt for alloy framed mountain bikes. If you don't plan on tackling the really rough stuff then a hardtail mountain bike may be better not only for your wallet but riding suitability.
Size & Geometry:
Make sure the mountain bike fits you and is the correct size for your height. Comfort is usually key here, "if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't." A poor riding position can result in health issues or impede your ability to control the bike. Sizing and geometry can be so detailed and involved, which is why we strongly recommend being sized and fitted by a professional no matter what your skill level.
Compare different brands and models of mountain bikes, this will make it easier to find the mountain bike that you like. Remember to check previous years' models in your hunt for the bike that's right for you.