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Old 2016-05-09, 08:37 PM   #31
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Pulling the trigger on the 27.5. I'm not sure why vs. the 26. My gut tells me to go with the 27.5.
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Old 2016-05-09, 09:09 PM   #32
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Pulling the trigger on the 27.5. I'm not sure why vs. the 26. My gut tells me to go with the 27.5.
More tire/rim options, especially in the future. 26 will always be around (at least for a long while) but it seems like 26+ is more popular than 26 right now, which is kinda crazy.

I personally don't see much practical difference between the two, but 27.5 is here to stay.
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Old 2016-05-10, 08:54 AM   #33
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Pulling the trigger on the 27.5. I'm not sure why vs. the 26. My gut tells me to go with the 27.5.
Your signature shows you do have a 24, so getting a 27.5 makes sense to me!
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Old 2016-05-10, 05:08 PM   #34
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Pulled the trigger on the KH27.5. Now I have a replacement for my Oracle24 that I sold. I will post back with impressions when I get a chance to ride it.
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Old 2016-05-10, 09:52 PM   #35
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I'm still in doubt.
I've had a ride on the 26x3 and it felt just perfect, much better than how it felt 27.5x2.4.
But the only tire option it's a shame..
I have a 24 and i've been able to get two tires for it.. it's a lovely ride, but testing tires is part of the game.
The 27.5 is not yet available in europe, but when it will... decisions, decisions...
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Old 2016-05-11, 01:55 PM   #36
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My take on the decision is this. Yes a 26x3 might be ideal, but there are other considerations. The fact that UDC is having trouble sourcing enough decent 26x3 tires is a bad sign for that wheel size I think. I don't want the duro which is now coming with the KH26. It's been a great run with it, but it's very sluggish feeling unless you are doing really technical stuff.

After talking with the folks at UDC my impressions of the 29 was from riding a model that was at least 5 years back and things have changed especially in terms of tires. The fact is most of the muni I do is not that technical. I wanted a good compromise between fun/fast but able to take drops and be agile. It's probably a toss up, but I wanted to go with the cycle with more tire choices after being burned trying to find decent tires for a 24.

In the end if I don't like it (which I doubt) I can probably resell for a pretty good amount either the wheel or the entire uni and get a 26. I think it will be fine.
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Old 2016-05-13, 03:29 PM   #37
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Last year I went from a (geared) 26x2.4 to a 29x2.4 and then 29x3.0 with the new KH29 frame. It is a great ride but the tires are way more expensive and harder to get for 29+ at least around here. Also sometimes I would like a little more agility and better uphill performance, so I think 27.5x3.0 should be about right for me. I was going to do this before instead of going 29" but I couldn't find an affordable 27.5" rim with 36 holes, which I need for the Schlumpf. Now I can get the Dominator 27.5 rim and the Havoc tire combined for the price of one new 29x3.0 Dirt Wizzard tire (my current setup), so I think I'll do it. It shouldn't look too awkward in the 29er frame. I would prefer the KH 27.5 rim but from what I found out so far it's not becoming available in Germany in the very near future and strangely costs much more than what I paid for the KH29 rim. 47 vs. 42 mm might not be such a big deal either. If I could get the KH for around €60 (which is what the 29" cost) I'd definitely do that, though.
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Old 2016-05-13, 07:04 PM   #38
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Too bad the rim seems not to be available soon in Europe. There are not so many nice 36 spoke rims in this size and none of them are rim brake ready and I would like to have rim brake backup if old schlumpf + disk setup fails.
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Old 2016-05-13, 07:24 PM   #39
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Too bad the rim seems not to be available soon in Europe. There are not so many nice 36 spoke rims in this size and none of them are rim brake ready and I would like to have rim brake backup if old schlumpf + disk setup fails.
Ask Roger Davies, he has an Oracle 27.5 in his Nimbus range so I guess he Will have the Dominator rim (42mm) available
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Unfortunately Dominator seems not to be prepared for rim brakes, so KH would suit me better.
Anyway I've bought a non-rim brake Dartmoor rim http://dartmoor-bikes.com/hardware/rims/shield with outside width of 33mm and 36 holes, so I'll try this one first when i have the frame.
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Old 2016-05-14, 08:30 PM   #41
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If the Dominator kept the same profile as the other Dominator rims, it'd fine with a rim brake.

You don't have to have machined sidewalls.
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If the Dominator kept the same profile as the other Dominator rims, it'd fine with a rim brake.

You don't have to have machined sidewalls.
Dominator have all the same profile and 42mm width (same as well as 36" Stealth2)
But all Dominator are not machined for rim brake
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So what if they're not machined? If the sidewalls are flat a rim brake will work fine.
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So what if they're not machined? If the sidewalls are flat a rim brake will work fine.
not machined, means made for disc; this is much cheaper to manufacture, it's why less and less uni rims have machined sidewalls, especcially Nimbus rims. Go to disc, this is the future (even the present !)
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Not machined does not mean made for disk. It means not machined. As long as the sidewalls are flat and large enough to provide sufficient braking area, you can use a rim brake.

Disk only rims have rounded sides that don't support a rim brake pad.
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