2011 – Cyclocross or 29er?

A good example of a clean 29er single speed build | Photo by Larry Woo

If you were buying bike in the last two years, almost everybody who knew anything about bikes would have offered you a cyclocross bicycle – to a point that it became a joke in the forums. Cyclocross bikes became the be all, end all solution for bike buyers – especially for commuters.

It did it for a reason as well: Lower rolling resistance, decent tire clearance and thanks to the new UCI (that’s like the FIFA of cycling) rules, cyclocross bikes will start coming with disc brakes. This will make them even better commuting machines and while we rode the 2011 Merida Cyclocross bikes, I really liked the disc brakes on them.

But, a few years ago and even last year, 29er mountain bikes were rare and expensive. Next year will be different, a lot of manufacturers are bringing starter 29er models and I think that they will bring an interesting option for bike buyers in 2011. Especially for commuters like me, I think 29ers are what hybrids should have been from the beginning.

Everyone I know, who has a 29er says they wouldn’t go back to a similar 26 inch mountain bike and that’s saying a lot. That’s why my next purchase will be a 29er. Or two.

What’s yours and why?

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.