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Did the 26er jump the shark?

Posted by RL Policar On February - 26 - 2014

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For all you youngins’ if you don’t know what Jump the Shark means. Well, let me edumacate you a bit.

The definition:

jump the shark
phrase of jump
1.
informal
(of a television series or movie) reach a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality.

This dates back to a TV show called Happy Days. It was set back in the 50s and you had this ultra cool character named The Fonz jumps…a shark. So the thought is, there’s a certain point in which things start going down hill. Basically in the show Happy Days, when Fonzie jumped the shark, that was the mark of when the show started to go downhill.
Here’s a video clip of the actual attempt.

Ok let’s get back to talking about bikes. So if you’ve been in touch with the world of Social Media, then you may have seen a video floating around where manufacturers are talking about how 26ers are being replaced by 27.5 and 29ers. In fact some of these manufacturers are even talking about how they’ve even done away with 29ers. Apparently they’ve got some science and proof that 27.5 is better than 26 and 29er.
wheel comparo
But what I found interesting is that this science they have talks about how 27.5 benefits shorter riders or bikes with 140mm of travel or more. For taller riders, 29er would be a better choice. You can watch it all here. Be careful, these guys speaking are the Marketing Geniuses of the bike industry, they might just convince you to ride something other than what you currently have.

As for me and my house, we’ve gone 29er. Both LadyP and myself ride 29ers. Last time I counted, I only have 2, 26ers left in my stable and I’ve recently added added another 29er and a 650b. So do I believe the hype about 29ers? Ya I kinda do, sorta, not really, sure, maybe not, absolutely.

One Response to “Did the 26er jump the shark?”

  1. Art A A says:

    Well seeing that now I have had the chance to ride both the 27.5 and the 29er, I would have to say at my size (5’5″) the 27.5 works best (RL)due mainly to my height.
    Why 27.5 (650b vs 29er for me, well one is the weight factor, handling, and the overall ergos of the 27.5 over the 29er.
    The one thing I see in the 29er that makes me shy away from it is the height. No matter what you do to make the frame fit me (small, 15.5″, 16″),it still feels to tall. I can feel the weight difference between the two sizes and I can feel the speed difference when it comes to acceleration form a dead start.
    Don’t get me wrong I believe 29er should stay and it definitely has a place in MTBing.
    For me its the 27.5 ( 650b)

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