Twenty Nine Plus

Soon I will have my first ride in the woods on Treks new 29+ bike. And I cant wait. Well, I have been waiting for a new rear pulley from Sram.


Its not a big deal, one of the pulleys on the rear (and only) derailleur has some flashing on it or something. One of the teeth is bad and the chain catches with every spin. Even the derailleur pulleys are now narrow\wide.

They are sending out new pulleys for me. Soon I hope. I really want to ride in the woods.

While to the mainstream the 29+ is not well known its been around for some time. I was on a 29+ wheelset on my 907 Whiteout two years ago and loved it. The big(er) wheels play into my style of riding. My only real advantage to being of bigger body size is momentum. And the big wheels just play into that.

As far as wheels go the bigger the better for me.

I raced that same bike at the Shuammy 40 last fall. The lack of a suspension fork hurt me a bit but other than that I was just as fast as any 29er I had. But my time on that bike with those big wheels was limited as I sold it pretty quick.

Fast forward to today, and I have the Stashe 29+ just sitting there, waiting for over a week now.

29+ rules.

I was even debating weather to get a MTB at all this summer as I am trying to get some touring set up. Im pretty sure I could have waiting until Sept when the Farleys got here. But then the Stashe comes out and I was all over that in a second.

Keep in mind its not really a fat bike. You cant race it as one as a Fattie. And you might get frowned upon if you’re out on groomed snow trails with such a skinny tire. 3.7in minimum has been the rule. These are 29X3.

As as crazy as this sounds, both the Fat bike AND the 29+ bike was invented by Surly. Man, hats off to those people. Well, the fat bike was being tried in Alaska before the Pugsley but it was Surly who mass produced a version first. Then, a few years ago the came out with the Krampus. The first production 29+ bike.

Stashe waiting for me.

I wonder if Surly owns the rights to some kind of patent to the 29+? Cuz now everyone is doing it.

Same as the fat tires. Everyone is doing it.

In a perfect world one would just get a set of 29+ wheels for their fatbike. And that was my intention last fall when I received my Farley. In fact, I started the 29+ wheelset before the bike got to my store. My thoughts were to slap those wheels on the bike until the snow hit the ground. Looking back I got my Farley late Sept and I could have run the taller, thinner wheels well into December before switching to fat.

So I had the high end wheels build when the bike arrived. Nice stuff. Hope hubs. Sapim spokes and Northpaw rimes.

Imagine my surprise when I found out the rear wheel did not fit due to the Farley’s short chainstay. I was devastated. Spent all the money on a wheelset I could not use. I did put them on the the bike with some 2.3 tires but it was not the same.

Farley with 29 by 2.3. Not the same.

I rode the bike once for 40 minutes that way. I should have done more homework on that. The short chainstay was awesome for the bike. Just not awesome for 29+.

Of course that is now changed as Trek has gone to a 197 rear hub and made the bikes with a adjustable rear chainstay. 29+ on those bikes is good to go. As soon as I get my next Farley I will sell the Stashe and 29+ up that bike just as I planned to do last year.

I also had some concern on the hardtail aspect, Being on suspension for years. I wondered if my back could take it. And while I now have front suspension forks on these bikes the rear may be a bit rougher. But with the bigger hoops not as bad as I thought. The big tire soaks up a bit and the huge wheels roll over stuff a bit. Its not as smooth as a F\S bike but it is tolerable for me since I retired from MTB racing anyway.

This could be the format Im on from this point forward. And yes, as soon as the full suspension models come out I will for sure be on one. Thats just natural progression.

Who am I to stop progress….


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