Introducing Bikemagic’s month of 29ers

2012 is set to go down in history as the year 29ers gain mass acceptance in the UK. Well, we think so anyone, it’s hard to turn these days without setting eyes on one, and we’re bombarded daily with questions about the bigger wheeled bikes.

With that in mind, this month we’ll be focusing on 29ers, bringing you a comprehensive digest of the hottest bikes set to compete for your attention this year. We’ll also be speaking to industry insiders, bike designers, bike shop owners and readers to get a handle on the growing momentum pushing 29ers into the fore of every mountain bikers mind.

And every day we’ll present one 29er in our 29er showcase. Let’s get this thing off to a start with our first offering:

Trek Fisher Superfly 100

To some, Gary Fisher is the man responsible for carrying the flag for 29ers, producing his first big wheeler some 10 years ago. Today, the Superfly 100 is the result of that continuous development and a faith in the advantages of the bigger wheels.

What makes it stand out?

Trek offer the Superfly 100 in carbon and aluminium with six models to choose from. The frame is loaded with technology and features Fisher’s G2 geometry, an E2 tapered head tube, ABP Convert bolt-thru rear axle, an oversized front hub design to create a stiffer wheel, BB95 bottom bracket and a host of other touches that ensure it’s one of the most capable 29ers currently available.

Tune in tomorrow for the next 29er bike showcase.

www.trekbikes.com

Get involved

We want to hear from you. If you’ve bought a 29er recently, or have a question, you can email editor@bikemagic.com, tweet us @bikemagic, hit our Facebook page, or discuss in the forum. Or you can add your comments below…

  1. norm

    What is the benefit of 29″ wheels?

    1. Darrel

      none

  2. Clint

    I recently bought a Superfly 100 AL Pro and I love it. I had a GT Sensor Pro 9r and the superfly is just plain faster. I also rode a new Cannondale Scapel 29r and while that bike was fast, the superfly just feels better on the trail. Will do my first race on it 2-12.

  3. jeremy atkinson

    About three winters ago I was working up in the Cambrians and needed some bits for my Inbred. Dropped into the Holy Trail at Machynlleth. Like me they’d switched to 29ers. On natural terrain they roll easier and grip better uphill. In cross country designs they are better on rocky drop offs too. Apart from that a well designed one shouldn’t feel any different. I feel the mags were tied into advertisers and they weren’t going to promote stuff that manufacturers didn’t have. I stopped buying mags ’cause I didn’t agree with the guff they were spouting.
    Traditional horse drawn wagon design, honed over centuries, used the biggest wheels possible commensurate with strength.
    The only downside is that with the wheels and the crank much closer together, they do pack up with mud more, something to consider if you live and ride in a clay area.

  4. Darrel

    Could the media please do not encourage 29ers, and they need to be stopped. MTB’s have 26″ wheels end of discussion.

  5. Chris

    So how is this going to be any different from any other month at Bikemagic?

  6. Rod Morrison

    On the 29ers…. I have just about had it with bike shops going on and on and on about 29ers, with that, the magazines are now on board about them. My son who is basically a beginner in mountain bikes, although he being 30, has been hassled with you “HAVE” to get a 29er and then the spiel starts, now my sister is also starting to look for a bike to just putt about the place, she is 50+—-yep, sure enough, they tried to sell her a 29er. MOST of those that I have met are up front after buying these things and only a few (mostly tall blokes) say that they are great BUT even they have trouble (compared with 26″) negotiating tight turns and switchbacks. It is also strange that I have also met people working in bike shops on the trails…..riding 26″ bikes, go figure.
    Rod

  7. Rob

    @Darrel MTBs only have 26″ wheels because when Joe Murray, Gary Fisher et al were rolling Mt Tamalpais on their clunkers, that was the only size wheels they could get reliably. It wasn’t a size that they came to based on merits – simply availability.

  8. jeremy atkinson

    Just because the shops finally got wise isn’t cause to dismiss 29ers. I’ve been mountainbiking since the 80s.
    I’m not much interested in man made trail centres and I get really bored with environmentally disastrous conifer plantations; but you’re right 26″ bikes are better on very tight slow switchbacks.
    Luckily I don’t know any within a 20 mile radius. [I used to work as a ROW surveyor]

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