29er hardtail MTBs: Bigger is better
The advantages of the large 29er wheels are particularly impressive in hardtail mountain bikes. The noticeable pluses of traction and comfort are directly attributable to the large wheels – without suspension influences on the rear body - and make an unbelievably potent bike out of the good old hardtail; even on rough terrain. For cross country, marathon and touring use, the large wheels have long reigned supreme. With the introduction of ever-better rims, tyres, adapted gearing ranges and carbon frames, the minimal weight gain has almost completely disappeared. With more aggressive geometry and 120-140 mm travel at the front, the 29” hardtail makes a great alternative to the fully for single-track junkies.