Okay, I’m back, this time thinking more seriously about upgrading.
So, I saw Bogdan’s video on the UDC 36 and noticed in the comments that he said the average speeds of his ride with the 29er and 36er were about the same. I also see a lot of people saying that they don’t ride their 36ers that much, because they are hard to maneuver and heavy.
How much of this is true, and how much of it is the superiority one feels when one owns a 36"?
I’m kind of on a toss-up on what to get. I’m not ready to spend a bunch of money, and so if I did get a 36 it would be the UDC one (and even that would be stretching the budget). Alternatively, I could get something like the UDC 29, save the $250, and plan to upgrade to a slightly better 36" far in the future. Or, finally, I could go with the UDC 32 (though apparently 32 isn’t great, because parts aren’t very readily available?).
Basically, my question is, for rides where I’m going maybe 30 kilometers through slightly congested trails, is the 36 too cumbersome? Or if I’m trying to keep up with bikes, is the 29 just too slow? Does the 32 offer a good balance between the two for both activities, and if so is the lack of parts not too difficult to overcome?
Thanks for any advice!