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    I just built up a new one; my 26" hardtail is currently my only ride and goes a long way to keep me sane.
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    I do:



    And I'm building another one:

    Sorry for my lousy English. Please feel free to point out my errors.

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    I still rock my Gary Fisher Piranha more than the Trek EX... it's just so much more fun! (and there is something strangely satisfying about riding a 26" gary fisher bike... )

    will upgrade to something like an on-one 456 before too long though (love hardtails... requires some technique to ride well!)

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    Absolutely.
    Had my Banshee Viento stolen in a break-in last week, and I loved it so much that when the insurance comes through (hopefully that's 'when' not 'if'...) I'm going to build another one pretty much the same.

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    I have an old litespeed hardtail that I bought used that has become my main ride (especially since my 6" FS is out of commission with a broken chain stay and Ellsworth is dragging their feet with the warranty). I have a 29er ht that i've ridden both SS and geared, but i've always felt meh about it. The Litespeed just puts the biggest grin on my face.

    I'm sure my riding buds are tired of hearing me say how much fun that bike is
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    I still ride/race mine with vbrakes. People look at me weird
    Same here...
    Kinda funny and sad the way other fellow mtbr's turn up their noses when they see a bike with rim brakes.

    Wouldn't want to be riding any other bike!
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    I love mine! A c'dale F5, I just ride on single track with lots of switchbacks so not really that necessary for a 29'er or full suspension, yet

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    I wouldn't want to have to ride a hardtail on the kind of chunky trails I often ride on my FS. It would require going back to riding in ways I left behind since getting spoiled by FS. It's a personal preference, I see many 26" hardtails on the same trails I ride, usually younger riders though.

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    I love my 26" hardtail.. just a different way of riding, I ride it everywhere.

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    Theres a whole lot of us in the Vintage, Retro, Classic forum that do.

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    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.
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    Last edited by Bro; 07-17-2011 at 10:07 PM.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    My most fun bike is a 30 pounds commie steel single speed old 26" that I built from spare parts. I even put a rack on it.

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    Just picked up an ibis tranny and am enjoying it. After riding a really slack all mountain rig and a 29er full sus. It is really different. I am having a hard time adjusting to to short wheel base and steep HA. I wanted a change up. I love the simplicity and light weight. I am hopping to sharpen my riding skills.

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    Only always.
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    I don't rattle.

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    i got to take my neighbors giant revel 2 for a spin on some tight single track. It was fun for sure, liked how simple the ride was. Made me wish i had some left over money for one, i feel like a single speed would only make it even more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by careboy View Post
    In fact, it's all I've ridden this year while my FS sits in the basement.
    Uh?
    I'm not big-boned, I'm a Clyde.

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    I just got a 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Hardtail. I liked the 29er but it felt big and ungainly so I went with the 26. I don't believe specialized makes a carbon frame HT 26er anymore so the market may have spoken but I prefer the standard wheels.

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    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.
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    Flipping A.
    29ers are just a passing fad. Like bar ends & long stems.
    Sent from the future to destroy the past.

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    Drop by AM forum. Or, for example, Transition TransAm thread.

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    Hey Scrublover...
    You know 26" Hardtails can't be ridden in such terrain
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    definitely not alone! i just bought a Santa Cruz Chameleon to build up.

    for the value alone, I can't see myself ever changing. then again, i'm pretty recreational.

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    HT 26er is all I own.

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    Yes. I plan on building up a new one soon, using a Gary Fisher Tassajara frame that I've been sitting on. All I'm missing is a QR15 fork to match the wheelset that I bought.

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