I found the 29’s to be far superior and easier to ride at speed over the 27’s. Less effort etc.All great stuff. I really like the Marin offerings from what I have seen online. I hope to make it by a local shop sometime this week to check them out in person.
Nothing we ride locally is what I would consider super technical. I am worried that the 29" wheels are going to be very different from what I am used to but hopefully once used to them I can keep up with the boy.
the tires are more balloon like running lower psi 20-30psi and are super grippy. Softer smoother ride also. I don’t like full suspension I just feel way to disconnected from the ground on full suspension and still like to down hill single trail with good speed. The hard tail is just better feedback etc. lighter weight too.
I rode a bunch of brands. Ironically I liked the GT Zaskar not sold anymore and really liked it. Not a crazy expensive rig but I like it. Decent frame and gear but I’ve upgraded brakes and a few minor things. Funny enough in 87 the Zaskar was out of my price range when I was a kid and bought my other GT. Only took me 35 yrs to get one😆.
The Marin bikes I liked, I just couldn’t find a frame that felt right. The treks were a little better. Specialized was my second choice but something about the Zaskar frame layout it was like getting on a bike made for me felt awesome.