So I'm going to be hopefully buying a mountain bike in the next couple of days and I'm hung up on getting a 26" or a 29"
No matter what I get, I'm gonna get a hard tail and it has to be an XL sized frame. Since my budget is sub-$1000 I'm in the realm of entry level bikes. I'm also interested in buying new. The used XL MTB market in LA is pretty rough in the sub 1k range and I really don't feel like waiting around a month to get a bike.
Right now its between the Cannondale Trail SL 3 and the Scott Scale 29 Comp.
While the Cannondale is a 26", it has a much higher quality fork. (I'll also have to buy a new set of tires but my REI discount takes care of that)
The Scott is a 29er, which appears to be the new thing, however it has a fork that I will probably have to upgrade down the line.....
If I get the Cannondale, I'll probably scrap the whole bike when I go to make upgrades, whereas the Scott 29er might be able to last me longer provided I upgrade the fork at some point.