by Joshua Triggs
(Wagoner, OK, USA)
I just sold this bike but I am going down this weekend and buying a Rockhopper 29er
Hi. My name is Josh. I have just recently gotten into mountain biking here the last few months. I have had 7 back surgeries and I am only 30 years old. I have done nothing for the last 3 years but lay on the couch so I have almost no muscle because of my lack of activity. I have a 26 inch on a 15 inch hard tail frame. I started riding about 3 months ago but have only rode about 4 or 5 times. Every time I would ride my back would start hurting so bad after about 45 to 60 minutes. I bought a huge gel seat with springs to give me the most cushion I could get without buying a full suspension. I started getting very discouraged because I would hurt so bad but I didn't want to give up riding. I came across a 29 inch with a 15.5 inch hard tail frame. This is what I have been waiting for. The first ride I was able to ride 3.5 hours over rougher terrain and I didn't have any pain except a little bit of soreness in my legs from pedaling. I wanted to be fair so I went back and rode the exact same route with my 26 inch and I have not been able to sleep for 2 days because the pain in my back has been so bad. The 29 inch has me sitting more upright and in a much better position. I was able to climb all the hills on my 29er because of how easy it was and I was not on the 26. There is no disadvantages of a 29er. I notice everything while I'm on a bike because of my back and I will tell you that I will never go back to a 26. It hurts way to bad and I don't see the since of being in pain when I can get on my monster truck bike and cruise over everything in my path. Thank you for reading my post!
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