If you're new to the world of mountain bikes then the larger 29" wheels make an awful lot of sense. They make trails that a 26" bike might labour over more forgiving and slow-up the handling enough to make for stable, confidence-inspiring surefooted control.
Other benefits associated with the 29er are a smoother ride, increased ability to roll over obstacles, increased levels of grip and traction and less rolling resistance than their smaller, 26"-wheeled counterparts. Add this lot up and you've got all the elements for the fastest, most efficient way to cover long distances over a wide variety of terrain, whilst, most importantly, having ear-to-ear fun doing so!
The butting process meanwhile ensures ample wall thickness and strength where required but trims any excess and extra unnecessary weight where it’s not – tuned for optimum performance - both lighter and stiffer.
The larger wheels literally allow you to roll both further and faster than ever before thanks to the increased momentum and ability to roll over objects. If you're a slightly taller rider or prefer your riding fast and high-paced then a 29er is for you!
The 16" model comes with 80mm fork to keep the front end height in proportion and the controls at a manageable height whilst sizes 17.5"-20.5" come fitted with 100mm travel forks fitted.
Whilst our 435mm chainstays (centre to centre) are shorter than most other steel 29er frames on the market, we haven't compromised on tyre, front derailleur or mud clearance. By bending the seat tube by 5 degrees the front mech sits well forward of the tyre and mud can pass by easily. We've used the chainstay plate from the Latitude 853 to provide plenty of mud clearance, even using 2.4 inch tyres. Ready for the very worst of the UK weather!
|Seat Tube Length (mm)||405||445||480||520|
|Horizontal Toptube Length (mm)||585||595||610||625|
|Headtube Length (mm)||95||105||110||120|
|Chanstay Length (mm)||435||435||435||435|
|BB Drop (mm)||65||65||65||65|
|Wheelbase Length (mm)|