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  • 14 1
 i think trying something new like this is a good idea, thats how things revolutionize. just like in the 80's when there was a bunch of ney' sayers like you guys thinkin that anything more than three inches of travel on a fork was just ridicoulus. sure it will need some tweaking, and maybe the idea will never work well, who knows, but atleast there trying somethin different for the benefit of the sport.
  • 5 1
 agreed
  • 6 1
 Wise one you are indeed. Let's toss those of the weak faith into the chasms of hell. Evolution or death!
  • 5 1
 that looks sweet. I say dont kick it untill you try it, I know for most tracks out there it might be to big but give her the right course and lets see how it works. Pluse from the picture the bb looks to be lowered a great deal. its much lower than the rear axle so she just might corner well.
  • 2 0
 for a 29'er im impressed to say the least. im a supporter of both 26" and 29" because it keeps the sport alive and interesting. i think that the technological developments that will come with the larger bikes will be highly interesting.
  • 2 0
 I don't know if it works or not but I think it looks sweet! Nice work Devon! I'm a 26er through and through but it would be super fun to try and I could see it being fun for certain types of trail.
  • 5 2
 it may be big but think how the top speed will be improved as well as how well it rides through rough stuff
  • 2 1
 I definitly agree with that. Bigger wheels will float on top of rough sections better.
  • 6 1
 probably alot tougher to maneuver tho
  • 1 0
 Definitely could be. Have to see how it does over this next season.
  • 2 1
 the only problem i see is the stiffness of the 29er wheels. other than that having a 29er dh rig is pretty dope. top speeds will go up for sure. i'd like to give one a try.
  • 2 0
 would love to test it anywhere lift accessible for like a week
  • 1 0
 i dont know whether i like it or not, the bikes cool and all but im not sure if i like the 29.... i have no opinion haha
  • 3 1
 monster bike Wink
  • 2 0
 wah
  • 1 0
 I would still ride it though. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 has anyone of you rode one yet? if not.... then shut the fcuk up ....
  • 1 0
 thats got a real moto look i reckon
  • 1 0
 this is a thing of beauty! Taking BIG Mountain riding even further!
  • 1 0
 Dope! wheels only buckle if you ride shitty anyways.
  • 3 4
 i got to try it yesterday Smile it was so incredibly light. you could bunny hop that higher that a bmx bike
  • 4 3
 Please no 29er...
  • 2 1
 For god sake... WHY??
  • 3 2
 Why the hell not?
  • 1 1
 SeanTheSheep... You're an idiot
  • 1 2
 EWWWWWWWWWW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Moon Moon Moon Moon Moon Moon Moon
  • 1 0
 are thows tires 3.0 ?
  • 1 1
 This is one of the most awesome bikes i rode it and its great.
  • 1 0
 not lenz. leniBig Grin
  • 2 2
 29ers crush ALL
  • 1 2
 650B would be way more practical.
  • 1 2
 if its a DH bike why does it have clip on pedels
  • 12 13
 Way to big.
  • 10 19
flag RPereira (Sep 22, 2009 at 3:03) (Below Threshold)
 Totally agreed. Looks not mtb'ish --'
  • 5 2
 29er?
  • 11 2
 about time! i've been waiting for a 29'er dh bike to come on the market. (not saying i'll buy one anytime soon). i bet the bash guard will prove unnecessary
  • 4 1
 lol imagine gliding through rock gardens on THAT!
  • 6 1
 i think its pretty cool
  • 9 27
flag rudy87 (Sep 22, 2009 at 16:37) (Below Threshold)
 thats what she said
  • 4 1
 It would seem that it would roll more smoothly, not sure about tight turning though, but 29" for racing seems resonable, I doubt however it will catch on to the crowd who do nothing but huck big jumps and drops.

I also own a full rigid 29er xc bike, I tried a full rigid 26er xc bike, the 29er wheels do smooth out the terrain a bit (no, 29ers don't "mimick 2in of travel", it's not the same)
  • 6 0
 as the pros are already doing, DH is getting to the point that hardcore riders (with the cashflow or team support) will have different setups, or in this case, different bikes, depending on the course. obviosly 29" won't work well for all circumstances, otherwise, 29" would have been the standard long ago as the well-rounded (haha, round) option. the way i see it is 26" does't have to be the standard size for all disiplines. DH riding is highly focused around floating over bumps, and a larger wheel will help with that. also, jumps on DH courses are very mellow, so a larger whee should buck the rider in most cases, compared to a dj bike, where many riders prefer 24". things will find their place sooner or later, or never. i wish i had three different dh bikes/setups depending on what course i was riding. maybe at least three different wheelsets
  • 3 1
 Yeah it all depends on trail condition, I think that's what I was trying to say, but it came out differently but you explained it well.
  • 2 2
 ive been waiting for a 29er dh bike, cos the 29in wheels will sink into less bumps being bigger making it much smoother, only downside is it wont handle as well or accelerate as well but acceleration isnt much of a problem in dh, i wanna try one of these out
  • 5 2
 I love how everyones concentrating on the size of the wheels. what about the frame design?
its a single pivot with a tiny shock stroke. the ratio's probably higher than 3:1 and on a 9 inch bike that is terrible.
I dont care if the bigger wheels roll faster over rough stuff, that shock just isnt going to be able to cope.
  • 1 0
 yeah i see the point about the shock ^^ gonna have to have some fkin epic small bump sensitivity (high speed? im not sure)
  • 1 5
flag gtmuzz (Sep 24, 2009 at 9:22) (Below Threshold)
 It's just wrong !!!!!!!
  • 2 2
 what stops the tyre hitting the lower crown, when the fork is under compression as it surely will?
  • 2 0
 Manitou designed two different Dorados, one for 26in (carbon and aluminum versions) and one for 29in, the one above is designed for 29in dude. I know that the rear travel is 7in so the front might only have 7in stroke? (26in version obviously goes from 7-8in adjustable, not sure about 29er version)
  • 1 0
 no need to be a purist in this kind of thing. new products ideas should be opened with welcoming arms. it's more impartant to have more travel in the front because the rear end tends to follow the front wheel's initial impact, so bumps give less impact in the rear. less travel is necessary for 29'ers, so that could give the option for a somewhat more efficient rear suspension.
  • 1 0
 I think no matter what arguments are made, there will always be haters and lovers of 29" wheels on dh bikes, unfortunately most who make the arguments have no grounds on what to base their arguments on having never ridden one.
As of looks, i think that it will always be one of those 'marmite' things - you either hate it or love it.
  • 1 0
 dabomb666 is right... listen to him. Plus, they will eventually be able to make a 29 inch wheel near as strong as a 26 if 29s truely have worth while advantages. even if it means widening the hub some more... would not be surprised if someone tries.
  • 2 5
 ELIMINATE! no questions asked
  • 2 1
 If you were 6'9" great
real world 5'11" bb to high center of gravity
jackalope
  • 2 5
 yuck thats a waste of money
  • 2 1
 I agree is F*cking ugly as F*ck and the spec is crap on it aswell Moon
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