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  1. #501
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    I'm lovin it............lmaop!

    26" FTW! I have to much into my sixer to start over with a niner........plus I do not have the time nor funds to justify the cost
    Patapsco or bust...............slingin mud or getting broke off!!!!!!

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    Dear LBS thank you so much for your concerns about my 2003, 26" schwinn mesa gsx.
    Glad you recommended I switch my knobby tires to smooth ones since this is a "commuter bike". I would also like to thank you for recommending I buy a 29r which will help with riding over obstacles and also save me at least 5lbs of dead weight. Thank you for caring for my life as you saId "you are just going to get hurt riding this". "Disk brakes will really help since V brakes make soooooo much noise".... NOT. I should have mentioned that I put over 1k miles on the bike this year, mostly dirt riding
    Having so much fun in the mountains that I needed to make this post enjoyable for you to read. Bottom line: Got wheels? that's all you need!!!!!

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    After 500 posts and over 38,000 views I guess I'm not alone! - Here's a pic of the 'ol Trek from the day after Christmas with my best riding partner. Put 1470 miles on it this year and enjoyed every one of them. - Ride on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88 View Post
    What do you think of your Wolverine tires? Ive had a pair for a while and always find myself wanting just a little more grip. I like their shape and size (in the 2.2") but just wish the side knobs were a little thicker... cant get rid of them though.
    That was my first ride, and so far I like them. Prior to these, I had a pair of 2.1 Ignitors, which were too small. I swapped them for 2.35 Ignitors, any they were very grippy, but too big and heavy. I was disappointed in the 26" Ignitors because I really like the 29x2.1 Ignitors on my 29er.

    Anyway, the Wolverines feel like they don't have the grip of the Ignitors, but they are very progressive when they let go (unlike the Larsens and Crossmarks I used to ride), and I'm happy. The volume is great for a 2.2-- they're almost too tall for the brake bridge on my Reba. I have these mounted tubeless with about 25 lbs in the front and 28 lbs in the rear.

    The other tyre I was considering was a Maxxis Ikon 2.2. In the end, I got the Wolverines because the Ikons were unavailable and more expensive.
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    Added a bunch of stuff when I went from 7 to 9 speed. Hopefully getting a new front tire today if this lbs near my work has one (got a gift certificate from work).

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    Here's my 26" hardtail. It's all I have... until next month!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffGabriel View Post
    Here's my 26" hardtail. It's all I have... until next month!

    Hey that's HT is nice what year and model??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Biking Guy View Post
    Hey that's HT is nice what year and model??
    Thanks! Its a 2009 Trek 4300.

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    Here is mine in the wild.

    Had it for about a year but I'm already thinking on a FS AM type for my next one.


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    I have a Felt Q520 26er mountain bike. Basically stock, but changed the pedals to my eggbeater 1's, then changed the seat to my WTB sst saddle, and lastly switched the grips out for my red Oury's. I'm kinda bummed that the 26er is dying down. In my part of the country a 26er is perfect for ripping up twisty, hilly, and technical singletrack. But I understand why people are leaning on the 29er side.

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    Ya know what, I thought to too, until I noticed that VERY few people actually like 29er bikes. And when they do, it's for light xc. So there are still going to be light weight 26ers. It's a fad. Lol kinda like the Honda xr600r enduro with the big wheel that handled like crap for the same reason that I prefer the 26ers. That big wheel is oddly proportioned tothat little frame and those 3 inches make the difference between tacos and tostadas most times. And until I see a 29er with a fork that doesn't look like it's going to come home with a busted crown and arch, I'm sure as hell sticking to my 26ers. Maybe even a 26 front wheel and 24 rear with a huge ass tire!!!! Buahahaha!!!! Yet another fad, but resulting in a higher strength wheel with A tighter turning circle.

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    All ready to ride!







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    Yes. Just built a 26" 456 Ti hard tail last year. One of the most fun bikes I've ridden.

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    While I do love my 29er, I still have a pair of 26" bikes that I continue to ride. My titanuim 26" singlespeed hardtail is my favorite. My FS 26" rig is pretty much just gathering dust. I really don't care much for full squish bikes even though virtually 95% of all the people I ride with are on them. I just don't feel that they are necessary on most of the trails I ride. Plus I instinctively get out of the saddle for all climbs which doesn't work well on full suspensions.

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    I still rock my Kona MuniMula hard tail that I converted to a fully rigid single speed. This baby is light! Love it!


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    My custom non-brand [technically, it's a Zias Bikes frame], locally made in Michigan, Columbus steel tubed [lovely ride] convertible hardtail [singlespeed or geared, depending on my mood], the head badge is for my band, the SpokeDrunkies [beer+ biking, get it?].........For me, it just made economic sense to stay in the 26'er world. I've got a 1/2 a lifetime of tires to use up, as well as a bunch of wheelsets that I rather like. I've also sampled 29'ers, and while they do have different ride characteristics, I wouldn't go so far as to say they are actually better - just slightly different. Not different enough for me to be compelled to get one.........

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    Love that shade of green.

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    Santa brought me presents for my current 26in HT project..


    More Canadian bike jewelry to come.......
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    Keeping the hardtail dream alive, one ride at a time.

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    btw, loving that Kona and the Michigan home brew.

    MI REP!!!!
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    I'll be rocking a 26inch for as long as they are available. Not a fan of the 29er fad. I do not feel good riding them at all.

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    I ride 26er hardtail. Really low end though (2011GT Aggressor) but I love it!

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    Just brought my 26" Giant Atx 890 (Tomac approved geometry baby!) back to life with an eBay carbon fork and it is a blast. As much as I love my Air9, it will never be as quick and nimble as my Giant.

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    I like this thread, it gets me out of the Vintage forum. Here are a few of my hardtails. Excluding the CIOCC in the middle and my sons Trek towards the back of the pile, the rest are a few of my 26" hardtails that see trail time.









    Getting all crazy with some front suspension:



    This one, not so much trail time as neighborhood time.....

    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    29er is too sluggish for me and not as easy to flick. So I'll stick with 26.
    Word up. I understand the popularity of 29ers but they're not for me.
    Back of the camera, back of the pack.

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    Ok, finally got MOST of it done, only thing left is ether XT cranks or
    an old Race Face Turbine ano red crankset. If I didn't love my 26er,
    it wouldn't have gotten the new fork.
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    Well on my last break I removed my LX cassette and now its time to install my XT cassette!
    Patapsco or bust...............slingin mud or getting broke off!!!!!!

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    I definitely still like my 26ER hardtail. I recently did some upgrades from 5 years of stock components. Kenda Nevegal DTC 2.1 tires, Hayes stroker Trail hydro brakes, Shimano Alivio shifters with the gear indicators removed to accommodate the hydro levers, a new bike stand and a Fizik Gobi XM Kium saddle that my wife got me for Christmas. Next up is a new fork and slowly upgrading the drivetrain.


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    Go with the race face crank, just as stiff and you can get used ones super cheap.
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    XT cassette and XT M785 pedals installed now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Next up, M770 shifters...................then I'm done!
    Patapsco or bust...............slingin mud or getting broke off!!!!!!

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    I have a GT hard tail and I like to ride it.
    Most time I go with it!

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    it´s a 26ER hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Jack View Post
    I have been a long fruitless search for a Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame and finally gave up.

    So I went out today and bought a VRC worthy Vertex TO, hardtail 26" with XTR and a Bomber fork.

    I like 26" wheels, and I got so damn sick of every bike shop I went into telling me I "had" to get a 29" or my dick would fall off .......
    Great bike! I love the Blizzard. I used to have a Hammer Race by RM.

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    Yup! I'm on my first mountain bike - a 2011 Giant XTC, with a heap of swapped components. Really loving it for my first stead! Currently weighs in at 10.99kg and has taken my aggressive uncoordinated riding well so far...

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    I still like riding my 26er hardtail. I also still like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.

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    I love the whole 29er thing.Talk about being sold a pup.All the local riders rushed out and got 29er Anthems expecting to become riding gods.Over the next few weeks the sad look of expectation being overtaken by reality has been extremely funny.Dont get me wrong i love any bike that adds a different perspective on the riding experience but in reality they are only another way of getting from point a to point b.No better and no worse,just different.

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    I just bought a Giant hartail, so I hope it's not a dying breed! Actually my brother has a 29er and loves it.

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    hi all, im a noobie to this forum but not to mountainbiking. call me old school or just old but im a 26" purist. 29ers are interesting, but for me, nothing can beat a quality made 26" hardtail. the most versatile all around go anywhere bike around.

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    Updated photos of my GT Aggressor after the drive train upgrade. Still lovin' it.

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    Still luv mine, but have not yet settled on perfect enough fork.
    Now got Fox 100 MM (air), but 130 MM was mo' fun.
    My old Z1 ETA 130MM coil springs were bit too soft for harsh descends, bottomed out too early and often. (I'm 220# sans treads)
    No one now makes 120 to 130MM coil forks so I may eventually try a DT Swiss 130MM or a Magura Thor 140MM as I believe both have "in flight" travel reduces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Shoo Pork View Post
    Best HT so far!
    The retrogrouch in me just had a bikegasm.
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    I still ride mine!!! 2011 Kona Cindercone!!!!!!! Feels great on the trails, and i really couldnt ride a 29er if i wanted too im way too short for one!!!!!!

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    Very cool thread...

    good to see the 26er ht alive and kicking . @ 6'2" and 245 lbs I am much more comfortable with the fit of 29ers (rigid, ss ) but I learned to ride on 26er ht's so they will always have a special place in my heart. Looking to build up a Dean 853 26er softail frame I have had for a few years. Not a ht, but not fs either. As an xc rider I will NEVER own one of those. I have a couch in my living room when I want to luxuriate in shameless comfort, lol.
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    yep

    I get this crazy huge smile on my face when i ride my dj hardtail 26 road or trail, manual,huck wheelie, jump,fun is in the Ride . That being said I have yet to ride a 29 but i am from bmx sooo. should i try 29 or just go 26 fs long travel for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiskeytango Rider View Post
    I get this crazy huge smile on my face when i ride my dj hardtail 26 road or trail, manual,huck wheelie, jump,fun is in the Ride . That being said I have yet to ride a 29 but i am from bmx sooo. should i try 29 or just go 26 fs long travel for fun.
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    That Tomac Type X is AWESOME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary H View Post
    Got a Klein Attitude on the bench right now. It will be a rigid build.
    and rigid ride...ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    That Tomac Type X is AWESOME.
    ....what he said! Lol

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    i have a great time riding if i go to my friends house up his road and in his woods with my specialized hard rock disk it is extreme simple but if i go really riding i use my stump jumper

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    Considering I just built up a very nice little Stumpjumper M2 to ride.....yes.
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