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Santa Cruz rider and former UCI World Cup downhill racer, Eliot Jackson, showing what the Tallboy 5 can do. (Photo: Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz rider and former UCI World Cup downhill racer, Eliot Jackson, showing what the Tallboy 5 can do. (Photo: Santa Cruz)

Nearly all mountain bikes roll 29-inch wheels. This wheel size offers an ideal balance between terrain conquering traction, comfort and weight.

But 29er mountain bikes weren't always that great. In the late 2000s, as the market was experimenting with a transition to 29-inch wheels, many 29er frames were awful. And one frame design, changed that...

Designers struggled to find a vision for accommodating those larger wheels within standard mountain bike frame sizes and geometries. The move from 26- to 29-inch wheels delivered a first-generation of bikes that rolled faster, but proved awkward to ride down technical single-track trails with switchback corners.

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