Transitioning from 26er to 27,5

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Transitioning from 26er to 27,5
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Posted: Jun 30, 2019 at 1:56 Quote
Thinking about the benefits of upgrading from my 26er to a 27.5. Guess I'm a little late to the party but what else is new? Does anyone have some good examples/experience of the advantages of such a change? My riding style is a lot of climbing, flowing the downhill- rear tire doesn't leave the ground too much other than manuel's and popping off roots and stuff. Been riding Santa Cruz since 97. Thinking about the new 5010.

Posted: Jun 30, 2019 at 1:57 Quote
Checking to see if this works.

Posted: Jun 30, 2019 at 9:36 Quote
Get the 5010, I still ride a 1999 Rocky Mountain Element with 26 but it can’t compare to my 2014 Altitude with 27.5. There is nothing wrong with 26, but I prefer a bigger wheel. It isn’t worth converting my Element though.

Posted: Jun 30, 2019 at 17:41 Quote
Thanks for the feedback. Nice to hear your still cruising the 99 Element. I'm gonna wait for the price of the new 5010 frame to drop a little after the dust settles from the new frame design frenzy. Rocky Mountain bikes have always caught my eye. So glad to see them still pumping along.

Posted: Jul 9, 2019 at 11:47 Quote
i just switched to 27.5 because i couldn't find parts for my old bike and although i cannot say there is an very noticeable difference between 26 and 27.5, i can say that the modern geometry did make a huge difference and improvement

Posted: Jul 14, 2019 at 15:51 Quote
I made this transition in 17 to a 5010. To me at that time, 29 seemed too big and I would not listen to anyone that suggested it. Like said, not a big change in wheels, but a big change in the bike - old 26 to new 27.5. I came off of and still have my old Superlight.

After riding the 5010 for a year, and riding with other guys on 29's, I realized there was a difference. I have moved from the 5010 to a Tallboy, which was awesome, and now to a Hightower LT. Wish I could have kept the TB, but I cannot complain at all. Being 6', the 29 makes me feel more in the bike, rolls over stuff better and carries momentum better than the 5010 did.

Also, sounds like I ride very similar as you.

Posted: Jul 14, 2019 at 15:59 Quote
Made the change fairly recently. Sold my 26" hardtail last summer but only got my new 27.5" about 3 months ago. Had numerous changes other than wheel size, 2011 to 2019 geometry, hardtail to full sus, 3x9 to 1x11, mechanical brakes to hydro, etc. Only thing that didn't change was weight, damn my Norco was heavy, and my new bike is still aluminum.

I've noticed its much easier to get over logs, due to both larger tires, as well as ditching the triple crankset. Would not go back for a trail bike, but for dirt jumping 26" is better

Posted: 17 hours ago Quote
Recently made the switch from my old S-Works Stumpjumper 26er, to a 27.5 trail bike. I noticed my confidence grew quickly on the new bike. I also just switched from riding XC type stuff in the prairies to riding the roots, and rocks on Vancouver Island. The 26er certainly forced me to change my riding style in a hurry out here before I made the switch.

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