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  1. #1051
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    I'm going to keep riding my Trek 8900

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    Picture or you are actually on a 27.5 but want to be in the cool kids club. !!
    Live fast, Die young, Leave a good looking corpse!

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    My '03 Rocky Mountain Elevation. I bust this out every once in a while when I feel like I am getting too complacent on my full suspension bike.

    Thinking about upgrading the wheelset so I can go to disk brakes. Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?-1920399_10153512325305476_7617443497800281119_n.jpg

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    Guys, there is something seriously wrong with pictures you are posting, do you actually ride your bikes or do you just carefully carry them to woods?

    This is what happens to my bike every ride, it seems not to matter that temps are below freezing and there being snow, I find that soft spot:




    Yes, I might be tad old school, but at least bike visits where it was made to visit and does it often

    And some wonder why I run chain dry, it really does not make any difference if I lube it or not...
    Trek 3700 Disc, frame, wheelset, seatpost, handlebar, fork and rear brake original, rest is upgraded.

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    Same bike as above, following a spring fire road ride. Better?

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    My '01 Schwinn Homegrown converted to SS. At 19.5 lbs, this is my go-to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    My new ride, 26er never die!
    Just perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentor View Post
    Same bike as above, following a spring fire road ride. Better?

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    Hey that looks more like it, proper use of equipment!
    Trek 3700 Disc, frame, wheelset, seatpost, handlebar, fork and rear brake original, rest is upgraded.

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    it's all i've got so i might as well enjoy it!

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    close to it's birthplace in PQ

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    Still rocking the old motobecane 26er when not on the road!

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    I actually race mine this past weekend lost but given my time id say it was down to skill more that and they put me in the 19-29 age group im 35.
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    Both my bikes are 26" and both built by me

    GT Avalache 2.0 (3x10) and Kinesis Decade Virtue (single speed)

    The Kinesis is brand new (well the parts are anyway)
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    As my mid-life crisis , I built up a bike from scratch. For some , it's a red Ferrari , for me , it was my ultimate Ti custom dream bike.
    I asked Kocmo to build me a frame for Lefty/Rohloff/Carbon Belt/55 tooth front plate and yes , 26'' wheels.
    They can do anything , any size of wheels , they could have invented a new size of wheel if I asked.
    But I prefer by a very wide margin the smaller/tighter/lighter wheels.
    Haven't tried a 700 wheeled MTB that had that tightness and reaction to input and acceleration.

    And BTW , I'm 6'2''
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    I still keep my old 1997 VooDoo around and rode it at the local park recently. What a heap of fun it was!

    It was such a different experience from my FS trail bike. Lots of fun popping off roots that I'd otherwise just roll over with my main bike. It seems to rip around sharp corners more easily too.

    I have to take some pictures soon to show it.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    Pretty sweet ride! Do you have any more pictures?

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    I still ride my old mid-'90s Trek that's not only a hardtail but rigid. Still rocking a 7-speed cassette lol. Its been upgraded with new brakes, shifters, stem and bars but its what got me off the roads and on the trails 10 years ago. I try to swap between it and my hardtail 29er. My old road bike is now a gravel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_GIANT_98 View Post
    Pretty sweet ride! Do you have any more pictures?
    Yep !

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    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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    As a Trail Builder, I build what I like to ride. Which just happens to be tight twisty technical with a lot of quick little vertical stuff. Lots of little berms and bumps to pump on. Ravines that I can berm on walls and drop thru repeatedly in rapid secession is a favorite.

    The kind of stuff my 26" is great at. And the Big Wheel people ***** about.

    I even built up a short wheelbase FS 26" bike to zip thru the twisty stuff like butter and leave the stifled 29'ers in the dust.

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    I was heartbroken to have my 2005 ht cannondale stolen in miami. I was in the market but only found 27.5 and 29... then my buddy sold me his 26" only catch is that its f/s haha, not my style but it was well worth the money so ill try it out.

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    Still ride mt 1994 Trek Mountain Track 830! I have had this bike since it was new, nd recently got a Surly Krampus. It is interesting to ride the trails with this bike, and then go right to the Krampus to see what happens. It has also become my commuter bike.

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    Posted this up when I built it a couple of years ago, still going strong as the go-to ride in my stable: 2012 Chameleon with a mix of parts from Chromag, Sram, Shimano, Deity, Mavic and Race Face.

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    Ego too big to go back to 26

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    Jk I would still be riding a 26 if someone hadn't given me a 29

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    In all fairness I tried to buy a Trek Stache but they were sold out for the year in my size when I went to buy one a few years ago...so I bought a used AM HT in 26 and have never regretted it.

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    Ive only had it out a few times this year but I still love my Salsa. I dont think Ill be changing it anytime soon.

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    A Dirt-Jump & MTB bike

    The amazing Vinking X, my boy is using in the last year, first with RockShox SID then with Marzzochi Bomber

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    Although I am spending time on a new 29+ Stache, I still ride my 26ers and in particular love old Bontragers which are a perfect match for our trails around the St.Louis area. I have owned seven Bontragers over the years including early square framed OR's, RaceLites, a Ti-Lite, and a number of Privateers. Here are the two I currently own and ride:

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    Those are sweet frames, nice work keeping them running and in use!

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    Thanks, every time I get rid of a Bontrager to thin the heard I just end up buying another! The Privateer is a 1x8 build using a single XT thumbie with ghost click. Really a pure no-nonsense ride. The Racelite is more of a period traditional build with all XTR M900 8spd kit with the exception of White Industries ti hubs and BB. The Judy on the Racelite has a Risse Gem cartridge which is nice, but the elastomers are in need of renewal. Compared to the Stache the Bontragers demand a lot of finesse and attention when picking your lines, but overall they are still a great option for tight twisty single track.

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    I ride mine on winter time so yes...
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    Recently rebuilt my 1995 Kona Explosif. I got a Marzocchi Z-2 Atom Bomb that I had always wanted on this bike and put on wider handlebars with a shorter stem. I also got to use a set of Avid SD-Ultimate v-brake levers that would probably never go on another bike given how everything has now moved to disc brakes.

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    My 26" HT lives in my hometown so I can ride when I visit (every 2nd weekend on average). Will add pictures when I get the chance.

    Despite getting a brand new 27.5" trail/AM hardtail, my 8 yr old 26" gets its fair share of love. Just got new wheels laced as they were mismatched and the rear rim was seriously beaten up. At some point I'm going to add a dropper so it's not jealous of it's bigger brother (and because the trails are much more enjoyable with a dropper).

    Both bikes are labeled size "small", but there's a 9-10cm difference in wheelbase and 30mm in reach between them. That has a very noticable effect on handling, more so than the slightly bigger wheels. The 26" bike excells at the slow, twisty, techy trails I cut my mtb teeth on. I had to adjust my lines on such trails with the new bike. When speeds are higher though, it becomes too twitchy and that's where the new AM HT shines.

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    I'm 5'-5" tall, and a 26er is what fits me best. I have 6 in my basement, and I ride them all the time.

    I do worry about being able to get a decent 26er in the future though. Some of my fleet has seen a lot of mileage, and they won't last forever.

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    whats not to like and its only an 8 speed (GASP!!)
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