Are 29ers *still* considered unsuitable for shorties?

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Are 29ers *still* considered unsuitable for shorties?
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Posted: May 9, 2019 at 14:40 Quote
Asking with respect for development in geometries in recent years. I know it was the case 10~ years ago that they were typically unweildy and common thinking was that you needed the physical size/mass to properly move them about. What seems to be the common thinking now? Are manufacturers still sticking to this thinking? Are there any companies doing a better job than others? EG: I notice that Norco seem to highlight their consistent geo feel across all sizes (marketing..), but how much impact does this have??

Posted: May 12, 2019 at 10:25 Quote
29er geo has come along way. Short riders still have to worry about getting buzzed by the rear tire. Demos are the only way to know.

Posted: May 12, 2019 at 13:29 Quote
how short are we talking?

Posted: May 14, 2019 at 17:58 Quote
jeremy3220 wrote:
29er geo has come along way. Short riders still have to worry about getting buzzed by the rear tire. Demos are the only way to know.

Short guys? What about tall guys? I have wildly long arms and legs so tend to hang way back on steeps and I get buzzed a lot descending.

Posted: May 15, 2019 at 22:08 Quote
My wife is 5'7" and coming from a Bronson. She loves the megatower. I am 6'2" and won't buy 29er bikes anymore. I think the rule you quote is obsolete but I also don't think there is any rule to replace it. The ride is quite different between the two with very different advantages and disadvantages which suit different riding styles. I do think that the disadvantages of 29ers are less of an issue for taller/heavier Riders.

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