Great bikes can be designed with any wheel size.A great bike is a great bike, regardless of wheel size. For fast open trails around Boise, we find that bikes with slacker angles and shorter wheelbases provide awesome a ride feel at speed, while remaining balanced during the climbs. So long as the designer thoughtfully considers wheel size in formulating a bike’s geometry, its possible to find a bike that rides beautifully with 26, 27.5, or 29 inch wheels. Beware of designs claiming to “speed-up” 29er handling by using a steep – 71+ degree – head tube angle. While this concept might work on the east coast, steep angles make for skitter and nervous handling on the open, high speed descents characteristic of the Boise foothills]Bigger wheels favor a high speed, carvy riding style.What really sets wheel sizes apart is ride style. 29 inch wheels excel in open conditions and reward riders who …
here is so much more to riding than spec sheets and numbers. A point captured perfectly by Wade Simmons and Jesse Melamed in the video. Riding is ultimately about freedom, going to places you’ve never been before, and seeing new ways to become a better rider. Maybe we’re just sentimental, but the video does a pretty good job at pulling at mountain bikers’ heart strings.
The 2018 Rocky Mountain Instinct has been one of our favorite bikes this year. It turns out that Bicycling Magazine thinks the same thing, giving the Instinct top honors in a field packed full of 29 inch trail bikes. What got the Instinct the nod? Simply put, it was its versatility: “a bike that you can race XC on Saturday and take to the lift-served park on Sunday.” You can read more about Bicyling’s thoughts on the Instinct here. We keep an Instinct along side of several bikes from Rocky Mountain and Norco as part of our demo fleet. Stop by for a test ride today, we thing you will be similarly impressed.
The Norco Sight was one of the bikes that made us bring Norco to Boise. It’s combination of stellar suspension, smart spec and affordable price is pretty unique. It’s always nice to find out that others agree. This time it’s the folks over at bike magazine, whose 2018 Bible of Bike Test just dropped this week. In a test with no shortage of remarkable bikes, the Norco Sight was a favorite.