WinSuits wrote:I think that the 29'er revolution is a sale ploy brought upon the cycling consumer.
Sure, it can be faster on certain tracks, but most of the time, the 26'er will win because it's more nimble.
The fact that something like 90% of specialized sales in the US are now 29ers suggests that your first comment is just plain wrong...sorry. I'll temper my statement by saying that I have had the pleasure of testing a couple of 29ers for a magazine here in Aus and have always found myself wanting to get back on my 26er despite being a taller rider who does marathon's (i.e the type of person a 29er should suit perfectly).
You're second comment is closer to the mark though in that 29ers are just another option that people can consider when looking at a new bike purchase. In the same way that some prefer the feel of a hardtail over a dually or a 4" over a 5", some will just prefer the feel of a 29er and there are so many variables which affect the riding experience that hard statistical data is going to be very difficult to gather if not irrelevant in the first place.
Buy what suits you best and its hard to go too far wrong.