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    Never owned anything but a 26" HT. Currently on a Trek 4500 with V brakes. Fast and light... but I can't say I haven't lusted after a FS after I've watched my riding buddies tackle routes I balk at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Yes.

    Though I will admit to having lustful thoughts over something like a Banshee Paradox with large fork. Something like that will probably eventually replace my 26er hardtail, but I'm not exactly in a hurry.

    Since, you know, you couldn't possibly ride a kiddie wheel hardtail on anything but smooth and mellow trails.
    Some nice riding there Scrublover.

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    Still riding the cromo MOJO and lovin it....

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    Here my newly rebuilt 26er.

    I had cracked my old 26er frame after 10 years of use. Picked up a 29er and rode that for a year and a half and finally got a ebay chinese frame and rebuilt my 26er. It puts a grin on my face for sure.
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    As of right now, I still ride one, and still love it. But I love my squishees even more. Still keeping the HT for commuting, though.

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    Love mine. Giant XTC. Gets ridden a lot more than my full squish bike.

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    Yeah I'll never stop riding my 26" hardtail. I have FS for when I do gnarly downhill stuff, but my yeah, my heart lies with my 26" hardtail. You'll never catch me on one of those fad 29ers'

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    Depends on where I'm riding. If on the flat, smooth trails my 26 HT is quick and accelerates wonderfully, but on the rocky, steep trails where I live now, I get eaten up alive on the thing. Even the best picked lines result in getting the crap beat out of me.
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    As long as my back holds up I'll keep riding 26" hardtails. I just love the way they handle and how connected I feel when I'm riding them, every ride puts a silly grin on my face.





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    Bianchi D.I.S.S. SS. Been running strong for over 8 years. 26 inch wheels and all.

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    Love mine. Stock seat and post (cut down) for around town/skateparks. Nevegal's and Cane Creek Thudbuster for trails (set so I can actually extend my legs). Just under 32 pounds in the picture. A bit over 33 with the trail setup.

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    Last year I sold my 7" SX Trail and built up a Ragley Blue Pig hardtail. Also acquired a 1994 Stumpjumper, full rigid SS. Now these are my only two bikes. I just find hardtails more fun. Haven't tried a 29er and not very interested.

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    You're not alone. I love the way a hardtail feels to ride. People think I'm old skool but I really like it and prefer them to Full Suspension bikes. More of a connected feel to the trail, and cornering on a 26'in hardtail is one of the biggest rushes! I love sliding the rear all the way through a corner, and leaving a little rooster tail now and then.

    People laugh at me for the rim brakes too! Tho, I'd have disks if the frame allowed for it, damn K2, lol.

    Don't have any more current pics of it at the moment (just re-built it), but here they are.
    and yes, it is a single speed to top it all off!


    Here it is hiding behind my K-monkey. Can you tell I love hardtails?


    I know my next bike will inevitably wind up being full suspension, just because I need one, lol but I still see a nice hardtail 26 and have a strong urge to get one. I saw a real nice XTC carbon at the bike shop that came in on trade the other day, AWESOME bike! I rode one for a race once that a friend let me borrow and it was one of the best bikes I ever rode. But I have to keep telling myself I already own 2 bikes and no car, a new car needs to happen before too long.

    Glad to see there is still a lot of 26in hard tail love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herger View Post
    Love mine. Stock seat and post (cut down) for around town/skateparks. Nevegal's and Cane Creek Thudbuster for trails (set so I can actually extend my legs). Just under 32 pounds in the picture. A bit over 33 with the trail setup.

    If you haven't already you should probably take that reflector off of the fork stanction.

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    Here's my whip - unfortunatley this is where it usually is ridden to - work, but when I get a chance I hit the local trails and get it dirty.

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    I love my 26" HT. I first started on an older FS and didn't know what I was missing. My HT climbs like a cat and accelerates like a rocket (compared to my FS).

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    I still have my 26" snow bike from 1999. Old snowcats...

    I rid my 29er most of the time, but my 26er gets plenty of attention. Nothing wrong with it at all.
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    26" rigid SS 2010 Cannondale F9. It takes me everywhere! I built it from my parts box.

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    +1 on the love for 26"ers. The same inertia that keeps the big wheels rolling through the rough stuff makes you pay to get them moving when the trails go up, and that makes a pretty big difference riding here, in both respects. So some days I climb easier, other days I bash the rocks easier, and it keeps things interesting.
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    09 Specialized Rockhopper Comp that I converted to SS. Love riding it.
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    26" hardtail you say? It's all I own, one SS and a geared one for times I wanna climb evrything. I've had F.S. but the hardtails are so much more rewarding. I too admit that the Banshee Paradox seems rather interesting......

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    I like my 99 Stumpjumper. It's fun to switch back and forth between that and my 29ers. But for the time being, I prefer my 29ers. But I won't get rid of the Stumpjumper.

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    Never Stopped. But then I also love my rigid 29er.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    .......I'll keep riding 26" hardtails. I just love the way they handle and how connected I feel when I'm riding them, every ride puts a silly grin on my face.
    I don't have the back issues...but THIS is exactly the way I feel.

    I've flirted with other bikes, set ups, even gears....but my 2004 P1 is all I want (or need, really)

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    Quote Originally Posted by polandspring88 View Post
    If you haven't already you should probably take that reflector off of the fork stanction.
    Hey, are you Swedish?

    Because Swedes (and I should know, I'm surrounded by them, I live in MN), are more likely than any other group of people I've come across to come up with solutions to problems that don't exist. They also tend to think that words such as "unlikely" and "remote" are synonyms to "impending" and "assuredly."
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    While i do want a FS 26er in the near future, my hardtail 26 has served me very well and still gets treated like my #1 bike b/c it is. Ive tried 29ers just lightly (at work) and i dont like the feeling of reduced agility (im also just 5'8").
    Whats crazy is how quickly theyve faded. Giant doesnt even make a 26" hardtail over ~600 bucks anymore... Kinda sad

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    Ride a "26er" pretty much all of the time. Barely ride my 6" bike.

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    I have two 26" HTs. I'll get a FS when I'm old, brittle, and don't care about the line I take.

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    I've tried to ride full suspension, but I just can't get into it. But then again, I haven't ridden a super-high end FS yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I got 70mm of barely working squish on my 26" hardtail. It's got v-brakes too. And only one gear.

    My current project involves a fixed/freewheel hub, 700c wheels with fat(ter) tires around 28mm or so, and an old Schwinn frame.

    I have yet to drink the 29" or the FS Kool Aid. I doubt (read "hope") I never will.
    um, i hate to be the one to break this to you but 700c = 29". hows that kool aid tasting?

    having said that, i also rock a hardtail 26er, POS fuji that i got on the cheap. its light and fast and fun.....

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    I started with a trek hmmm 750 I think back in92-93, upgraded to a Klein fervor blue nebula loaded, weight 22#, moved back 2 US it got stolen, then bought a rockmountain element t.o. fs, was a pretty nice ride & rode it for yrs. just wasn't the same as my Klein, found a 96 Klein attitude pro on Craigslist, put some new rubber on it, spd's, took it for a ride and sporting wood the rest of the day. That's what was missing the last 10 yrs, I'm 46 and still prefer the hardtail but to each their own

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    Thanks guys, I don't feel so lonely anymore!

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    This thread is killing me..... Currently on a Trek 4300. Bought a pair last year for me and my wife. I have offroad motorcycle(s) and was looking for something me and the wife could do. I never thought she would be tearing up the trails like she does. She goes all the time...even when I'm at work. Hits all the rough stuff and rides very well.

    So my buddy bought a GF High Five 29er. I usually can keep a good pace in front of him. Not any more. I was watching him last weekend on a trail we usually ride. It has a lot of half buried rocks sticking out on a bunch of the turns. He just glided over the stuff and pulls ahead while I bounce all over. So now I'm really wanting a FS bike. But I also like simplicity and low maintenance.

    I have not rode a FS bicycle yet but seeing him pull so far ahead of me now has me really thinking about a new Camber.

    Question - will there be a huge difference stepping up to a better HT or will it take that FS bike to catch my buddy now? Because now I'm debating on a potential FS bike purchase....or will it take that FS 29er to catch him now?

    BTW: I never thought riding a bike could be so much fun. Just as or more then a motorcycle.....we have some great trails around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiJohn View Post
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    29ers are just a passing fad. Like bar ends & long stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThumperGary View Post
    This thread is killing me..... Currently on a Trek 4300. Bought a pair last year for me and my wife. I have offroad motorcycle(s) and was looking for something me and the wife could do. I never thought she would be tearing up the trails like she does. She goes all the time...even when I'm at work. Hits all the rough stuff and rides very well.

    So my buddy bought a GF High Five 29er. I usually can keep a good pace in front of him. Not any more. I was watching him last weekend on a trail we usually ride. It has a lot of half buried rocks sticking out on a bunch of the turns. He just glided over the stuff and pulls ahead while I bounce all over. So now I'm really wanting a FS bike. But I also like simplicity and low maintenance.

    I have not rode a FS bicycle yet but seeing him pull so far ahead of me now has me really thinking about a new Camber.

    Question - will there be a huge difference stepping up to a better HT or will it take that FS bike to catch my buddy now? Because now I'm debating on a potential FS bike purchase....or will it take that FS 29er to catch him now?

    BTW: I never thought riding a bike could be so much fun. Just as or more then a motorcycle.....we have some great trails around here.
    It may be the fact that its a 29er is why hes pulling ahead, or his riding ability has gone up, not just suspension. From my experience where suspension makes you quicker is on the decent.
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    i personally would rather ride a hard tail any day! trails or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThumperGary View Post
    This thread is killing me..... Currently on a Trek 4300. Bought a pair last year for me and my wife. I have offroad motorcycle(s) and was looking for something me and the wife could do. I never thought she would be tearing up the trails like she does. She goes all the time...even when I'm at work. Hits all the rough stuff and rides very well.

    So my buddy bought a GF High Five 29er. I usually can keep a good pace in front of him. Not any more. I was watching him last weekend on a trail we usually ride. It has a lot of half buried rocks sticking out on a bunch of the turns. He just glided over the stuff and pulls ahead while I bounce all over. So now I'm really wanting a FS bike. But I also like simplicity and low maintenance.

    I have not rode a FS bicycle yet but seeing him pull so far ahead of me now has me really thinking about a new Camber.

    Question - will there be a huge difference stepping up to a better HT or will it take that FS bike to catch my buddy now? Because now I'm debating on a potential FS bike purchase....or will it take that FS 29er to catch him now?

    BTW: I never thought riding a bike could be so much fun. Just as or more then a motorcycle.....we have some great trails around here.
    I've seen the same thing riding with guys on F/S bikes - there's no denying they are faster on the choppy trails - when things are smooth (the trails I like most anyway) and especially smooth and uphill I'm right with them. Proper air pressure goes a long way to a good riding hardtail. The biggest difference between the 2 bikes in your comparison is about $2000. I don't race (anymore) so a second or two here and there does not matter too much. I enjoy picking my lines and avoiding rocks instead of slamming them. And personally I like the most efficient (read as easiest) way to the top of the hill, comming back down has never been the problem. A Steel 29er hardtail may just be the best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    It may be the fact that its a 29er is why hes pulling ahead, or his riding ability has gone up, not just suspension. From my experience where suspension makes you quicker is on the decent.
    +1

    I live in south florida, most of our trails are pretty straight and flat with half-buried rocks and roots sticking out. my brother and I both had 26" HT's and I would go into the trail 10 seconds ahead of him, and come out 45 seconds ahead.

    then he bought a 29er.

    he picked up a new GF Cobia HT 29er, and he smokes me. he's coming out of trails at least 20-30 seconds ahead of me. granted, he's gotten better, but those big wheels make a massive difference on our kind of terrain.

    i don't think a FS 26er would be much help, on the contrary, it may even hurt you if you're riding straight-aways.

    on the bright side, if you guys were to go at it on very technical singletrack with lots of climbs, you should be able to kick his butt

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    Back in the mid 90's I swore I would never buy a FS, 15 years later I have never even thought about buying one. 15 years from now, I will have never even thought about buying a 29er.


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    I am pretty fresh into mountain biking having not ridden since I was a teenager and I'm now 32.
    I have a Giant Rincon 26 hardtail and I love it. I have never ridden a 29er but I don't really think I need to.
    I test rode a couple of FS bikes before I settled on a hardtail and I gotta say.....being 250 pounds (down from almost 280 btw) I haven't ridden a FS bike that didn't just feel like a mushy piece of crap to me. Like riding a big fluffy marshmallow down the trail.
    Of course I'm sure if I had wheelbarrows full of cash to spend I could get one set up just right for my fat butt, but I don't have wheelbarrows full of cash so it's a good ole hardtail for me and I love it so far.

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    congrats on the weight loss! But no matter how much you lose, the 26" HT will always feel more fun!

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    I see no reason to ride anything but a 26 HT. FS or 29 doesn't interest me.
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    I sure like mine, but it has 1.25" slicks, a rear rack, a basket, a bell and gets me to work everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbprinter View Post
    um, i hate to be the one to break this to you but 700c = 29". hows that kool aid tasting?

    having said that, i also rock a hardtail 26er, POS fuji that i got on the cheap. its light and fast and fun.....
    700c x 23mm road slicks sure ain't the same as 29" mtb knobbies.
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    I have a 26 ht and also a 29er ht and boy are they different. I enjoy more ridng my 29er than my 26 since it rolls easier over obstacles, but definetly ht...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbprinter View Post
    um, i hate to be the one to break this to you but 700c = 29". hows that kool aid tasting?
    You do know 700x28 is much closer in size to a 26 x 2.x than a 29er wheel, right?

    EDIT: eric1245 already covered it.

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    I only have a 26r. Steel, hardtail, rigid fork, geared and feared.

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    Its my race bike...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    Wondering if I'm the last one - I still very much enjoy riding my Trek 6500 hardtail. I find it fairly light and quick on the trails - easy to flick around and catch a little air from time to time. All I see are 29er F/S bikes - makes me wonder if I'm the last of a dieing breed.
    You're not part of a dissapearing breed: my wife rides a 26er hardtail, because she likes the way it climbs, handles in tight singletrack and, costs way less to maintain....it's 1 x 9 too. She's tried FS, 29er, 27 gears...none beat her trusty 26er !
    In my own case, i also ride a HT...with a rigid fork ! Although, i may be a little off thread because it's a 29er...at least, i qualify for the light and simple mentality because it's a singlespeed ... i've also been through the FS, multigeared experience and have settled for less and more at the same time.
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