Erik's Bike Purchase Benefits
|FREE ACCESSORY INSTALL: Accessories purchased with your new bike at Erik's Bike Shop will be installed free of charge on your new bike.
||FREE BIKE ADJUSTMENTS: Our service technicians will perform free adjustments during the first 2 years you own your new bike purchased at Erik's Bike Shop.
|FREE TUNE-UP: Erik's Bike Shop offers one free tune-up (MP-2) within the first year of owning your new bike purchased at Erik's Bike Shop.
||EXPERTISE: Erik's Bike Shop employs 3 full-time trainers to continually provide updated training for all our staff mechanics at each store. We ensure high-quality service!
What the Heck is a 29er? 29er vs. 26-inch
If you've taken a bit of a break from mountain bike riding or are new to the sport you'll often hear the term 29er thrown around. In recent years, there has been a wide-sprung rise in popularity in the 29er mountain bike segment. So, what exactly is a 29er? A 29er is essentially a mountain bike tire and rim combination measuring 29 inches in diameter. A more traditional mountain bike uses a 26-inch tire and rim diameter. To be a bit more specific, a 29er uses the identical rim diameter of a road bike, the 700c. Of course, a typical road rim is not developed for the rigors of off-road riding and can't support the girth of a mountain bike tire, so structurally there are a lot of differences.
- For taller riders, a 29er can help bring the bike back into ideal proportions, which allows for a feeling of greater stability. Shorter riders (5' to 5-foot-5) can also enjoy the benefits of a 29" MTB, however the slight increase in weight can be a bit more difficult to manage for smaller riders on uphills.
- Due to the increased wheel/tire size, there is more contact with the ground and that allows for enhanced grip and traction. Uphill climbing can be negotiated with less effort on a 29er vs. the traditional 26-inch mountain bike. The larger 29-inch tire also allows for less roll resistance over choppier terrain, which essentially means you can go faster without losing as much momentum as a traditional 26-incher.
- 29er Pros: Traction, roll resistance, tire pinch-flat resistance, reduced bearing wear, slower tire wear, increased balance and proported increased grip, less fatiguing ride over bumpy terrain
- 26-inch Pros: Less weight than a 29er, easier to mount for smaller riders, quicker acceleration, responsiveness in tight cornering, easier to lift front end over obstacles, feel more connected and engaged during ride
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