Most of the XC riders around here have drunk the 29er Kool-Aid; bigger wheels just make sense in certain applications. Still, there is a lot of totally warranted skepticism about pushing bigger wheels into the All Mountain/Enduro/Feeride side of things.
So, can you freeride a 29er? Andrew took out this bike to see what big wheels can do. The point isn’t that big wheels are better for dirt jumping or freeriding et cetera, but just that the supposed tradeoffs in those areas aren’t nearly as serious as people think.