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    Is my 26er still relevant?

    All this talk about how the 26 inch wheel is dead and one must ride a bike with 29 or 27.5 wheel or else.

    I am puzzled. My 26 inch wheeled Superlight and steel HT ride as well today as they did in 2008.

    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something? With that said I have no issue regarding wheel size. Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes? Industry says I ought to be. As do a lot folk on internet forums.

    With that said, IMO this site has lame smilies. Could not find one to fit this post.

    Edit: this added from post 18. Many folk just read the OP and respond to post one without reading what is said later on. I do the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    Yep.

    This thread was part serious, part tongue-in-cheek. I am sick of the hype. I see the day when they will stop making quality 26" rims and tires and I don't feel like being forced to buy a new frame for the want of a quality 26" wheel. All of the Big Boys no longer offer quality (and some no) 26" bikes.

    End of rant. I have nothing against wheel sizes.
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    You are not out of touch, 26 is still alive ! Of course I do have a 29er right now but I started out on a 26. I have no doubt that I could ride a 26er just as fast as my 29er.

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    I used to have a first generation Cannondale SM500 (26"/24") that I'd still take on most technical trails. I think the only tire size that's relegated to the parts bin are the old Schwinn specific 26ish'r.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    Have I missed something?.
    A lot of hype.

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    26" wheels are dead just like 29er's are just a fad. Neither is true, both are still kickin' and not likely going anywhere anytime soon.
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    26’ers aren’t dead, never will be. Now smilies on the other hand....

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    Is my 26er still relevant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    All this talk about how the 26 inch wheel is dead and one must ride a bike with 29 or 27.5 wheel or else.

    I am puzzled. My 26 inch wheeled Superlight and steel HT ride as well today as they did in 2008.

    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something? With that said I have no issue regarding wheel size. Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes? Industry says I ought to be. As do a lot folk on internet forums.

    With that said, IMO this site has lame smilies. Could not find one to fit this post.
    Are you really puzzled? I subscribe to several magazines, and read the forums. I read maybe half the reviews in Bike, for example, because if I'm not in the market, I'm not real interested. Plus, I get bored of all the lame similes: "climbs like a..." But none of those reviews has ever claimed you must upgrade your bike now, because these days it sucks (!). The only time I see that sentiment, it's from someone who's butthurt about something new being advertised. If you like what you already have, then great. You chose well, and keep enjoying it.

    I drive a 1995 Isuzu. It's an orphan; they left the US market years ago. Parts are harder to come by. The mileage sucks, and I would like to get a new vehicle in the future, but it fits my current needs. I'm not complaining about all the rave reviews the new Jetta Sportswagon gets from media or my friends.

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    Your 26 inch bike is as relevant as YOU want it to be. YOU are riding it, no one else. Personally, I have 2 x 26 inch bikes, and they are as good for me now as they were the day I finished building them. I have a lot of fun on them, enough for me to handle anyway, so why would I change and probably lose money? Over 25 years of 26" enjoyment is not going to be lightly swayed, certainly not by a large advertising company.
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    Any bike you enjoy riding is "relevant." At least that's the way I feel about my '02 Superlight.

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    A smile here because for this trip to the cabin I have we brought the 22 year old Fat Chance and 2014 model big wheel, slack, short stay low slung Honzo. My wife and I are same height. She likes the classic Fat Chance and I like the Honzo that's kind of what happens when a steam roller and dirt jumper make a baby.

    A friend I ride with broke his classic 26" racer frame and after trying new bikes and getting a warranty replacement sold the new replacement and picked up the same old bike on eBay. I can't catch or keep up with him using my modern gear except for downhill and very rough stuff where that could just mean I'm dumber than he is.

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    By executive action Obama mandates by 2019 trails will no longer accept 26" wheels and we all will need to move to the more efficient 29" or 27.5 whichever is around then, unless the first of the year falls on a Wednesday then there is a 3 year extension.

    I'm just kidding if you have a 26" enjoy it if you need to buy an new bike your 26" options will be limited.

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    Is my 26er still relevant?

    Rumor has it that in 2015 all 26" wheel bikes will be banned from trails, per executive order NP-26- RIP...

    Ride what you have and just enjoy being out there. I have a 26" FS and 29" steel Rigid. I ride the 29er more, but I love both bikes. No desire to buy into the 27.5 hype at the moment, but who knows what the future holds...

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    The industry and folks on internet forums aren't riding your bike, nor are they paying for your new one if you decide to buy one.
    I have a rigid, drop bar, 10 speed road bike that's 40 years old that I ride on trails. Take that Industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    I have a rigid, drop bar, 10 speed road bike that's 40 years old that I ride on trails. Take that Industry.
    Bzzzt...29er.

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    Do you have fun on your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Do you have fun on your bike?
    Yep.

    This thread was part serious, part tongue-in-cheek. I am sick of the hype. I see the day when they will stop making quality 26" rims and tires and I don't feel like being forced to buy a new frame for the want of a quality 26" wheel. All of the Big Boys no longer offer quality (and some no) 26" bikes.

    End of rant. I have nothing against wheel sizes.

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    Hope not
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    --they are as good for me now as they were the day I finished building them. --
    I'm calling BS on your post right here. No one is EVER "finished" building their bike. Haha.

    OP, I ride 26 exclusively on my mountain bikes (700c roadies not withstanding), and wouldn't have it any other way. There will always be a market for 26, just as there is still a market (however small) for 24 and 32 wheels. 29 seems to be here to stay, 27.5 maaayybe.

    Pretty sure if the market does kill off every brand new 26 design, it will return in a few years time as the "new, lighter, faster handling" wheel size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petti the Yeti View Post
    I'm calling BS on your post right here. No one is EVER "finished" building their bike. Haha.

    OP, I ride 26 exclusively on my mountain bikes (700c roadies not withstanding), and wouldn't have it any other way. There will always be a market for 26, just as there is still a market (however small) for 24 and 32 wheels. 29 seems to be here to stay, 27.5 maaayybe.

    Pretty sure if the market does kill off every brand new 26 design, it will return in a few years time as the "new, lighter, faster handling" wheel size.
    And I'll call your BS call! I finished 'building', but that is not to say I didn't finish maintaining them. Where I live, attrition is high, so I spend a good deal of time replacing, repairing, just finagling, and it's all good!

    Oh, and even better is the lower prices we are seeing on 26" stuff around the 'net, while everyone is falling over themselves to keep up with industry-mandated fads... suits me just fine
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    Re: Is my 26er still relevant?

    I'm running a so called 26+ bike, which uses the 26x2.75 tire up front. I'd love to see more tire options(sidewall protection) in this size, but know that new development will focus on 29+ and 27.5+ in the future. Pretty sure the upcoming Maxxis Chronicle will not make it to this wheel size.

    I will be forced to run limited/inferior tires to my bigger wheeled counterparts, only due to the fact that the + size revolution only began as the 26" train left town. It's one example where the industry is 'forcing' an update in wheel size in order to get the top shelf parts.

    Eventually, maybe the DW 26x2.75 gets discontinued for declining sales? It's not hard to see lines of existing 26" tires being cut from manufacturers offerings in the future due to a weakening market for them.

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    Its funny, people act like its Y2K (look that up if you're too young to remember) and if they get past a certain date their 26" bike will stop working. If it was fun last year, it is still going to be fun this year. Just get out and ride and don't worry about the numbers on the sidewall of your tire.
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    It's fun to look and dream of having the nicest newest thing, I can admit that. But my 26" brings a sh!t eating grin to my face on a daily basis, even just by seeing it hang on the wall.

    The reality is, the majority of the trails we love to go down, a few years back some chump was ripping down it on a 35 lb Mongoose with no suspension and cantilever brakes, having the time of their lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hang 21 View Post
    Bzzzt...29er.
    27.5 Pfffft!
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    Dude…you're so out of touch. Gravity passed the 26's by years ago…I doubt they'll even roll now that 27.5 and 29's are on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something?
    The countless other wheel size threads

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    I have no idea why anyone cares about what others think about their wheel size choice. All that matters is you like what you ride. Someone elses opinion of my bike does nothing to change the smile on my face after a great ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    All this talk about how the 26 inch wheel is dead and one must ride a bike with 29 or 27.5 wheel or else.

    I am puzzled. My 26 inch wheeled Superlight and steel HT ride as well today as they did in 2008.

    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something? With that said I have no issue regarding wheel size. Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes? Industry says I ought to be. As do a lot folk on internet forums.

    With that said, IMO this site has lame smilies. Could not find one to fit this post.
    No, but the industry is out of it's mind.

    Just this weekend I refurbished a 2006 model bike that a friend inherited. It was in excellent condition. Originally retailed for $800 - had hayes hydro discs, 9-speed, a rockshox fork and aluminum frame. Pretty nice bike actually for the money. We put some kevlar bead semi-slicks and flat pedals on it, and a shorter stem. It will see recreational paved/dirt road riding.

    The equivalent in today's dollars is about $900-$950. What does that get you? Errrr...pretty the same exact same thing except (heavy, flexy) 29" wheels, usually a cheap suntour fork and no name brakes. Same alivio to LX parts mix with no-name hubs though.

    Clearly, the 29er push had to be made because there really hasn't been a compeling reason to buy a new bike in the last 5-10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    All this talk about how the 26 inch wheel is dead and one must ride a bike with 29 or 27.5 wheel or else.

    I am puzzled. My 26 inch wheeled Superlight and steel HT ride as well today as they did in 2008.

    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something? With that said I have no issue regarding wheel size. Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes? Industry says I ought to be. As do a lot folk on internet forums.
    I just completed a nice 37 mile ride on my 26" hard tail. It rides as well now in 2014 as it did when I built in 2003. The trails are still there just like they were in 2003 and can ride them just now as I did then. The only limitation is my own fitness and skill.
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    No. I'm riding my 26 while my 29er is getting worked on. Way more endo-ie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa View Post
    No. I'm riding my 26 while my 29er is getting worked on. Way more endo-ie.
    Oooh...this should be fun to watch.

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    I built a new bike last year. I always had 26" before that time but was thinking perhaps I should go big wheel like the rest of the world. I got some good long rides on about 6 different 29er models and while the difference in handling was interesting, I still preferred the snappier handling of a 26" bike. I ended up finding a smokin' deal on a 26" carbon FS frame so I went that route and couldn't be happier. The new rig would have cost me a good amount more if I had gone the big wheel route so my wallet is happy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
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    each wheel size has its own attributes/deficits. ride what you have the most fun on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    I have a rigid, drop bar, 10 speed road bike that's 40 years old that I ride on trails. Take that Industry.
    yup, me too. but with a flat bar and fixed.

    completely different kind of fun than my "latest/greatest" stuff.
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    I love 26ers... Parts are cheap. That's why I stay 8 speed, though I will most likely move to a 2x10 setup next year.

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    Re: Is my 26er still relevant?

    The industry is out of its mind if it thinks it can convince me to replace this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes?
    Don't get caught up in the marketing hype. I bet Jared Graves is pretty content with his 26" as well as his first place podium finish at the Enduro World Series round 3. All those 650bs and 29ers and a 26" comes in first. How can that possibly happen? Did someone in the mtb marketing department forget to tell Graves the 26er is dead?

    I hope Yeti brings back the SB66, gotta wonder why their pros choose to ride the discontinued 26" instead of the new SB-75. Then they go and win on the 26".

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrackmack View Post
    Don't get caught up in the marketing hype. I bet Jared Graves is pretty content with his 26" as well as his first place podium finish at the Enduro World Series round 3. All those 650bs and 29ers and a 26" comes in first. How can that possibly happen? Did someone in the mtb marketing department forget to tell Graves the 26er is dead?

    I hope Yeti brings back the SB66, gotta wonder why their pros choose to ride the discontinued 26" instead of the new SB-75. Then they go and win on the 26".
    I can't wait to hear the excuses.
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    Numbers sell.. Anyone remember a time when wheels were wheels? I don't mind choices, but for a company to say that this one bike is the best for YOU, I'm gonna have to make that choice myself. I'm 5'6 and I find the 26 wheel the best for me. I've ridden 29ers and they were too much bike for my style of riding. And that happens. I don't think 26ers are going anywhere for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
    All this talk about how the 26 inch wheel is dead and one must ride a bike with 29 or 27.5 wheel or else.

    I am puzzled. My 26 inch wheeled Superlight and steel HT ride as well today as they did in 2008.

    Am I out of touch? Have I missed something? With that said I have no issue regarding wheel size. Am I wrong to be content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes? Industry says I ought to be. As do a lot folk on internet forums.

    With that said, IMO this site has lame smilies. Could not find one to fit this post.
    26" is totally dead and gone...Waste Management is charging a premium to haul a 26" to a landfill...and the stainless spokes will be there forever. Fortunately they are those short little 26" wanabees...
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    This is all just silly! Are you in the market for a new bike or not? If so, read the reviews do the research and buy whatever latest thing you like best and enjoy it. If your not in the market for a new bike who cares whats out there, just ride.

    Do you buy a new car every time they come out with a new gimmick? No. Do you get upset that they try to market new cars to the public even though your car is still working just fine even if it doesn't have Bluetooth? Of course not! Now if your car is 12 years old with 237k miles on it and your getting tired of fixing it as it seems everything is wearing out at once, well now perhaps its time to go shopping for a new car, and while your at it, check out the new features. You may find you like some of the new stuff.

    Bikes are no different, when your bike is old and tired and it's time to be put out to pasture, then start reading up on suspension, wheel size, geometry ect. But until then, stop reading and go ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    I can't wait to hear the excuses.
    Looks pretty fast to me.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodog View Post
    Looks pretty fast to me.....
    Indeed, it does. So I'm waiting to hear the excuses from the industry how a 26er could still be winning races.
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    Is my 26er still relevant?

    Don't go out of your way to be tiresome. Nobody is going to make excuses for Graves being fast. On the other hand, Leov won 3 stages. It always comes down to the rider.

    In the specific case of Yeti, of course Graves is riding a SB66. The SB75 and SB95 both end in "5." They aren't the burly AM bikes that the SB66 is. I've ridden them. Maybe Graves will stick with the 66 if (more likely when) Yeti does a SB76. Maybe he won't. I'm sure Yeti is thrilled with the weekend's result, regardless of which frame.

    Yeti, Turner, and probably some others I can't think of, are on record that they would have continued building and selling 26" wheels, if there had been enough buyers. There weren't. Maybe Yeti and Turner weren't at "The Industry's" secret torchlight cabal and didn't get the memo. But since they're running businesses, not hobbies, they're making what sells in the numbers they need.
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    Just brought my ss 26er in to the lbs this afternoon. I don't think I saw one new 26er in the whole shop. I'm holding onto mine because I like it, but one of the owners who was helping me with a stem fit said that the 26 is almost a thing of the past or non-existent.
    I wonder if they are going to eliminate the 26 so it makes it harder and harder to get parts therefore one will be forced to buy either a 27.5 or 29.

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    I doubt because a lot if the parts companies don't make bikes so they have nothing to gain by stopping production on products that sell. You might stop seeing shops stocking much of a selection.. But besides wheels tires and forks, everything else is the same.. And those are things where buying online is cheaper anyways so most of us are already skipping the lbs on those purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin View Post
    Just brought my ss 26er in to the lbs this afternoon. I don't think I saw one new 26er in the whole shop. I'm holding onto mine because I like it, but one of the owners who was helping me with a stem fit said that the 26 is almost a thing of the past or non-existent.
    I wonder if they are going to eliminate the 26 so it makes it harder and harder to get parts therefore one will be forced to buy either a 27.5 or 29.
    Nah, 26" will be back in a hurry when 650b sales fail to live up to expectations this summer, and 29er sales slump off.

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    The problem is that anyone who doesn't want a 29er is going to have to buy a 27.5 cause that's all there is. I think 26ers will make a come back though, they aren't gone for good. They are still the standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    The problem is that anyone who doesn't want a 29er is going to have to buy a 27.5 cause that's all there is. I think 26ers will make a come back though, they aren't gone for good. They are still the standard.

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    I look in the 4 lbs' I go to and they don't really have anything worth riding. Maybe its cause I'm in long Island where the majority of people have money to blow

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