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    Quote Originally Posted by brunomu View Post
    what im shure is dead is the old 26 hardtail.
    I just put together my newest bike-a 26" hardtail.

    15.5" chain stays are not happening with a 29" wheel.

    I like 29ers, I rented a Tallboy and thought it was great but again, one wheel size will never be best for all situations across the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    this whole thread makes me want to buy a bighit with a 24" rear wheel.
    Man, I'm still running 24x2.75 in the rear on my POS KHS! Retro is super cool!Is 26er a dying breed?-546798_4173686233745_1702777860_n.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    World champion is on 650b. But I, for one, truly, deeply do not care what pro's run. I ain't frigging racing the clock every time out.

    No racers ride fatbikes, but they are fun and getting popular. It is not about racing.
    If more people could remember this, we'd have a lot less multi-thousand dollar (target marketing) bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw_steggie View Post
    Man, I'm still running 24x2.75 in the rear on my POS KHS! Retro is super cool!Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    But they do have lots of AM and XC tires in 26" flavor! As for there being "more money" in other tire sizes...how do you figure? The majority of the market is still in 26" wheels, even though the other sizes are gaining in popularity.
    I would guess expanding the line to the other wheel sizes has to cut into their available resources, meaning they can't continue all the other tires and introduce new ones as well. It's just unfortunate for me that the ones they cut were the ones I like. With the exception of the Mutano 2.5, everything else they make for 26" now is 2.35 or smaller.

    I also wonder if they changed something in their manufacturing process - I've never completely destroyed a set of tires like the Bronson 2.35's I tried last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser View Post
    I would guess expanding the line to the other wheel sizes has to cut into their available resources, meaning they can't continue all the other tires and introduce new ones as well. It's just unfortunate for me that the ones they cut were the ones I like. With the exception of the Mutano 2.5, everything else they make for 26" now is 2.35 or smaller.

    I also wonder if they changed something in their manufacturing process - I've never completely destroyed a set of tires like the Bronson 2.35's I tried last year.
    WTB has been going the direction of more narrow tires for a while now.

    I don't think companies are going to stop producing the 26" Hans Dampf or Kenda Nevegal or the Maxxis Minions or High Rollers, so not all companies are giving up on wide 26" tires.

    Specialized, OTOH, may only produce 29" tires at the rate they're going.
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    Re: Is 26er a dying breed?

    Unless they find a way to manufacture a wheel as strong as a 26 and keep a wheelbase and slack angles on par with the 26in bikes....not ever going away. I still say it's personal preferences like feel or confidence (which can sometimes be the same).




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    Re: Is 26er a dying breed?

    No.

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    People, in general, do and will always care alot about what others think. It's a kinda stupid way to justify their own choice instead of looking into their own soul and the core out riding (the happiness). It's the beauty of it all, it's all up to us! Personally I wouldn't want a 29er because I'm pretty tiny and thus ride smaller bikes. So a small frame and giant wheels look stupid and feels wrong, unbalanced, etc. Shallow (and also stupid) yes, maybe, but it's part of what makes me happy riding.

    So here we go: FS 26er FTW!111one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpledesign View Post
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    cture a wheel as strong as a 26 and keep a wheelbase and slack angles on par with the 26in bikes....not ever going away. I still say it's personal preferences like feel or confidence (which can sometimes be the same).




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    Good job! Re: Is 26er a dying breed?

    I've been riding actively since 2010. I've tried 29er and 650b. Everytime I tried these big wheel sizes, I end up buying a new bike but in 26. LOL

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    All in 26er and I'm looking into buying another bike and yes, it's another 26er. I don't think this 650b will kill the 26 market.
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    I race XC on 29ers. They are super fast. But big wheels are inherently weaker and flexier than the smaller counterparts.

    I hope to sell my SS 29er and build an On One 456 or Blue Pig with a 140-150mm fork to have more fun on.
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    i think very tall persons will find a 29er easier to handle , no ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimGR View Post
    i think very tall persons will find a 29er easier to handle , no ?
    I'm 6' 3" tall, and I prefer 26ers to 29ers, although my newly converted 650b Superlight is absolutely awesome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimGR View Post
    i think very tall persons will find a 29er easier to handle , no ?
    It is easier to make a well fitting 29r for a tall person. Handling would more of a question of fit and geometry, before the wheel size.

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    It is here, because all the 26 riders are out repairing the muddy trails the dumba$$ 29 morons ride to prove how good they are. You're not good - you are a $hit rider or you'd be somewhere else when the trails are at risk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    It is here, because all the 26 riders are out repairing the muddy trails the dumba$$ 29 morons ride to prove how good they are. You're not good - you are a $hit rider or you'd be somewhere else when the trails are at risk
    Wow...I hope you enjoy riding more than being on the internet.

    I have 2 29ers because that's what the LBS recommended for the trails I intend to ride (original plan was a 26" for my second bike). I do work on my skills as I am a new rider so no, I'm not great and haven't made that claim. Lastly I do go out and help with trail building and make sure I am not damaging a trail just because I could go out and ride. We aren't all jacka$$ess trying to catch 3 feet of air and acting like we just won Rampage. I really hope that you aren't so jaded to 29ers that you can't enjoy a ride if you pass one.
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    I love my 29er but still ride my 26er. One disadvantage to the 29er is highly technical rocky climbs. I do not have the ability to pull up the front tire as easy on the 29er as I do on the 26er. The 29er seems more planted and sure on the single track and tracks well over roots and rocks at speed but when you need to hop up rocks and are in very tight rock gardens there is nothing like a 26er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpledesign View Post
    Wow...I hope you enjoy riding more than being on the internet.

    I have 2 29ers because that's what the LBS recommended for the trails I intend to ride (original plan was a 26" for my second bike). I do work on my skills as I am a new rider so no, I'm not great and haven't made that claim. Lastly I do go out and help with trail building and make sure I am not damaging a trail just because I could go out and ride. We aren't all jacka$$ess trying to catch 3 feet of air and acting like we just won Rampage. I really hope that you aren't so jaded to 29ers that you can't enjoy a ride if you pass one.
    It was tongue in cheek, but based on fact in this area. I am jaded with nothing to do with MTB.

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    I think once the larger companies pick up on the 650B fad, then it will really take off. I've talked to a Specialized rep and he told me that they're going to wait a little bit longer to see where it goes and if it dies out. Once companies like Specialized, Giant, Trek and Cannondale (among others) start to produce 650Bs, I think its going to remain pretty unknown to the average biker who doesn't have $3K-$5K to spend on an Intense Tracer or a Norco Range Killer. If a 650B comes out for $1000 or less, then I can see it taking off. And even when/if it does take off, I don't see 26ers going anywhere. I think 26ers have a tremendously loyal fan base of riders...like me.

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    Is 26er a dying breed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    "The 26er is not dead, it just smells funny." Best line haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    I was surprised 26 delivered better times during an xc race like that. It does makes sense though: smaller wheels take less energy to turn over in addition to being lighter, stiffer, and more agile.

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    I guess I'm just old school and like the way a 26" wheel looks. 29" just looks strange to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    I think 26ers have a tremendously loyal fan base of riders...like me.
    8sp had a loyal base of riders.

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