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Just like a car, you have to get the right bike tires to improve its overall performance. The tires you choose will depend on the tracks you plan on riding and how you are going to use the bike.
For simple mountain biking, you should get tires that are thin and have fewer knobs because they can also work on rough terrain such as dirt trails. Here, we’ll explain how 29er road tires are becoming penetrating the cycling market and how they can increase your efficiency when on the road.
As its name suggests, a 29er tire is a bike tire that has a 29” diameter. Traditionally, bikers tend to use 26” tires, but the increased size of a 29” bike has made them the preferred choice amongst professional bikers.
Despite receiving opposing thoughts from skeptics, 29er tires are increasing in popularity. Every year we’ll see them on the trail and on the market. World class racers are winning with these tires and UK and US manufacturers are selling out of them. Perhaps its time to notice them.
There are some misunderstandings of traction when comparing the 29er tires to 26ers. If a rider sits on a 26er and 29er tire with equal tire pressure, the length that the tire comes in contact with the ground will be the same.
But with tires of the same tread and brand, the differences between shape and volume will make a wider contact path for the 29er. Thus, making it easier to gain better traction using the 29er on your mountain bike.
With high-end companies experimenting on larger wheels on multiple downhill bikes and an increased amount of cross-country bikers using them, people tend to wonder are 29ers more efficient than 26ers for riders?
Riders who like the 29ers ability to create a softer roll over rough terrain will go faster. But for riders who worry about the slight gap in acceleration might go slower. Technically, it’s a more of a preference option than a direct speed benefit.
For larger riders over 5’6” tall, you should get a 29er tire. In fact, 6” riders can enjoy 29ers more because they allow them to ride in a natural position. However, if you’re under 5’6” tall, you should opt for a 26er tire to support your riding position.
We’ve asked an industry insider about their opinions on the 26ers and 29ers debate. Here are some things he stated:
“29ers offer some direct advantages, but they also face challenges regarding fork, frame, and its component design. It’s larger diameter increases its mass, inertia wheel flex, and longer and flexible bike tubes.
Recent inventions such as through-axle dropouts, and wider lightweight rims play an important part of stabilizing the playing field. If we’re going take notice of possible drawbacks 29er road tires, we might as well exploit their advantages. If we do that, we’ll start to see an increase in their popularity” – James Huang, Technical Editor of Bike Radar.
This means that we have a long way to go before we start to see 29ers become the standard cycling tire. While some traditional riders tend to use 26ers, the obvious benefits of 29ers (larger diameter, better traction, increased stability) can’t be ignored.
To conclude, you should consider using a 29er road tire on your next biking adventure. They allow you to accelerate faster on cross-country trails while having enough width to keep your bike stabilized during high speeds. Ultimately, try them if you’re willing to increase your performance and become a more effective biker.