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I've always ridden 26''. But it seems that they're being dropped in favour of 29 and 650b. I'm concerned that everyone will drop 26'' eventually. What are you riding Milo. Most of my riding is xc, I don't really do big jumps. I plan to ride a few more trail centres this year though. I'm quite happy on a hardtail but I think a full susser might be a bit more comfortable, especially on the back.

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I'm riding a full carbon 26" Scott Scale hardtail. And like you, I do XC.

I tried their 29" model and hated it with a passion.

They do a 27.5" now I think, but I'm yet to try it.

I'll probably go for a full suspension next time but it'll not be a 29".

Each to their own though +++

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It's by far the quickest bike I've ever ridden, it really does flatter.

My only complaint is that it can be a bit twitchy over rougher ground at speed; the stiff carbon frame doesn't yield much. I'm talking about rocky downhill sections though, not your normal tracks.

Once you get to know the bike, you know its limits.

I've had no mechanical problems, only problems with flats but that is to do with the tyres and tubes I use. I've changed a few bits and bobs to suit me.

I would go for the airbag option next time, though. I went over the handlebars at speed almost 18 months ago and broke my elbow and cracked both wrists. I'm going under the knife next month to hopefully fix my elbow once and for all. That was a result of getting over-confident and travelling way faster than was safe, which I've always blamed on the bike ;-)

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29ers roll more easily over rough terrain - I don't think 26" wheels will ever disappear though.  Full carbon hard-tails are twitchy as hell, but I've gotten used to that, although I've got to adjust my riding style when I'm out on my full-sus.

 

Don't start talking about new bikes though - I'm getting twitchy to drop the Lapierre 714 and get a 916 :)

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29ers roll more easily over rough terrain - I don't think 26" wheels will ever disappear though. Full carbon hard-tails are twitchy as hell, but I've gotten used to that, although I've got to adjust my riding style when I'm out on my full-sus.

I noticed very little difference (if any), despite the claims otherwise. I didn't like how they rode.

If I was buying another hardtail, I'd still go full carbon. Once you get to know how they behave, the benefits far outweigh any negatives, in my opinion.

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Acceleration, speed, lower centre of gravity and responsiveness.  They're lighter and easier to throw around and you don't tire as quickly when you're hauling it up massive hills.

 

Think of it like a comparison between an MX-5 (great car) and a Lotus Exige (brilliant car) +++

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