SO as of late I have been vigorusly involved in the relative debate as to whether 26" wheels are better than 29" wheels on a mountain bike.
Opinions are as summarised below
Curious - wish to try
Have tried and really like
Have tried and can't see the point
26" for going fast
29" for stability
29"ers are theoretically better in 100km races
All the cool kids are using them
You have to question your sexuality if you use one.
Little people trying to compensate with the bigger wheels
29ers are for those who ride the bike and don't work the bike enough to notice the difference
The one thing that was discussed off line was "what are the people who are actually winning races actually using?"
24hr - 26"
100km - 26"
SuperD - 26"
Cross Country - 26"
Short track - 26"
So therefore that comparison is now null and void. Stop kidding yourself people!!
But as they say, each to their own and I would definitely encourage people to try the large wheels and see for themselves the relative merits.