29 inch Mountain Bike or 26 inch Mountain Bike: Determining the Right Mountain Bike For You
When you’re searching for a mountain bike, one of the more important factors for you to consider is wheel size. 29-inch wheels are built a bit bigger and makes more sense for men who are of above average height (6 feet or taller) while the 26-inch bikes are a better fit for shorter men while those in between generally fit well with either. While it might seem like common sense – the bigger bike for bigger person – size is just one of several considerations when determining which bike you want. I will list some of these considerations below. Understanding these advantages and disadvantages are of particular importance if you are an inexperienced shopper of mountain bikes or if you are getting it as a gift for someone.
I prefer the 29-inch mountain bike over the 26-inch one. But there really is no right or wrong answer, it all depends on the needs and preferences of each individual rider. A great example of a mountain bike that balances quality, features and cost is the Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels. You can check out more 29-inch mountain bikes immediately below as well as several 26-inch bikes and for those who are undecided, a 27.5-inch wheel bike too.
Advantages of a 29-Inch Mountain Bike:
As a bigger bike, the 29 inch mountain bike take more effort to get to a cruising speed from a dead stop. However once in control, 29-inch bikes have an ability to move sturdily over a more rugged terrain or larger obstacles, providing for a smoother ride. Riders who are short but muscular or husky may prefer a 29-inch bike for this reason.
Advantages of a 26-Inch Mountain Bike:
26-inch bikes are smaller and lighter which makes them easier to carry around for transport and not so much effort needs to be exerted to accelerate to a cruising speed quickly. There are more choices for 26-inch bikes, although that gap is closing. The best advantage of the 26-inch bikes in my opinion is their smaller design allows for greater agility – you can turn a lot sharper with a 26-inch bike. So while it may have issues getting over some obstacles, it is much more capable of getting around those obstacles than a 29-inch bike.
For those who prefer the advantages of the 26-inch wheels, the Diamondback 2013 Sorrento Mountain Bike may be what you are looking for.
27.5-inch Mountain Bike
If you’re still not sure if you want a 26 inch mountain bike or 29 inch mountain bike, a 27.5-inch bike is a happy medium between the two wheel sizes.