I too used to hate 29ers. Hell I have owned a few and sold them quickly after. 29ers flood the MTB world with the single speeds and the XC bikes. I realized I just had to try a non XC bike! I rode the INTENSE TRACER 29 and like others instantly took back everything bad I ever had to say about 29ers. On that bike not only did I pedal faster up but descended faster than ever before,and still did the same drops and jumps. Bottom line is it felt more like a 7" travel 26" bike than a 5"travel 29er. I say why fight about if? If you like 26 that's great have fun and if you hate 29 that's fine two, there will always be a trail and a bike for everyone.
- Bike Checks