Should a woman ride a 29 er? A question I asked myself over a year ago and having taken the plunge I have to say I couldn’t be happier. Questions I pondered over included, am I tall enough? Would I be able to get on and off when faced with off camber? Would it be slow to accelerate? Would the gains be so marginal it just wasn’t worth the money? Was it just a manufactory’s ploy to make me spend more money?
A year on I wonder why it took so long. It’s one of the best choices I have ever made. I am now the proud owner of a Giant XTC Composite. With Fox 32 Float CTD Evolution Forks, it has up to 100 mm of travel. The drive train consists of a mixture of SLX components and it comes with Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres. Having a carbon frame, the bike feels responsive, light and has a real quality feel.
Sure I have changed a few things to personalise it. Goldtec have furnished it with narrower Schwalbe tyres, made it tubeless and upgraded the wheels, but in its original state it was still a lovely ride.
So why is it so good you ask? Well it rolls over the rough stuff absorbing lots of bumps. It accelerates really quickly because the frame is very stiff and nips round the single track. The only thing I feel is different from riding a 26 is in very tight single track I sit slightly further forward to get round tight corners. Dead easy to do just needs a tiny bit of practise. The secret to fast riding is to use the bike to its maximum potential. Get it rolling and let it fly. You’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Enjoy !