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    I just sold my 26er HT and am looking for a slacker 26er HT for an all mountain HT bike. I guess if I had twice as much money to spend I might go FS, but I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnide View Post
    I just sold my 26er HT and am looking for a slacker 26er HT for an all mountain HT bike. I guess if I had twice as much money to spend I might go FS, but I don't.
    Try an On-One 456 (in whichever frame material fits your budget/style).

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    Try an On-One 456 (in whichever frame material fits your budget/style).
    Good call. A Summer Season is my top pick!

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    Seeing as I'm into vintage MTB's everything I own is 26" and fully rigid.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    I actually prefer to ride my old Kona King Kahuna hardtail over my relatively new Trek EX8 FSR.

    I had a 2001 Kona Caldera that I was very happy with, but found that it had suffered a cracked head tube a couple of years ago. Kona couldn't help with a replacement frame, so thought it might be time to "upgrade" into the FSR world. Then, as luck would have it, I scored an ebay win on the titanium King Kahuna frame and swapped the components over from the Caldera. Been using the Kahuna as my primary ride since. I should probably sell the Trek, but it looks purrty in my garage.

    Don't know why, but I'm just not buying into the whole 29er scene, despite the popularity.

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    Still my all time favorite


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    I ride an old (01/02) Trek 4300, so yeah I still ride a hardtail.

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    I've been riding my hard tail exclusively lately and am really enjoying it. I've own so many top brand full suspension bikes but fir what ever reason my ibis tranny floats my boat. Light, nimble an no pedal bob! Plus really fun!

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    I still ride my 26" HT, and i would never buy a 29-ner (HT or FS) because they are all ugly as hell, those big wheels just look ridiculous to me.

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    Being on the vertically challenged side, I test rode a 29er and it just did not feel right to me and handling seemed sluggish. Seems the 29er thing is biased toward the non-vertically challenged. I'll keep my Cannondale hardtail with V-Brakes and my trusty 2007 Specialized Epic with 26" tires!

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    Yes. Love my TransAM.

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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 are not alone. Part of the problem is that manufacturers only put the ugly 26 HT models in the US market so people don't buy them. In other countries they have better color combinations which still makes them appealing. One example is the specialized stumpjumper comp 2011, the 26er color is terrible but the 29er colors are great.

    I ride and race my Orbea Satellite and have a ton of fun with it

    The day you need a 29er FS to make you smile, you lost the passion.
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    John Tomac MTB ride - YouTube

    John Tomac beating a 26er HT, you can handle this bike as it if is an extension of your body.

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    I'm a die hard 26er guy (have ridden 29ers, didn't vibe with them). Currently building an AM hardtail, in the 26" flavor of course.
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    Goodness all those power skids! Would you kick me out if I said I only own 26" and love them but kinda wanna try a rigid fixed gear 29'er?

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    I love both of mine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Goodness all those power skids! Would you kick me out if I said I only own 26" and love them but kinda wanna try a rigid fixed gear 29'er?
    You won't be dissapointed !
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    I just bought another one today, so yes.

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    I only own one bike and it's a 26" hard tail. It's a love/hate relationship. I'm only 5'8 so 26" wheels and a 17" frame feels perfect for me. Although I wouldn't mind picking up a full susp. 26er...

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    Mine!! I love it, but it has taken the back seat since I got my new Enduro a couple months ago.


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    ALWAYS!!! Since this picture I have upgraded the fork to a Fox Talas and the cranks to a set Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech's I had laying around
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    Clearly i must build a 29 SS. Bring on the Salsa El Mariachi.

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    Im still using my KHS hardtail sometimes even i do have a FS stumpy.. could not let her go for some reason....

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    Coming from a full suspension bike,does anyone have any advice for improving my stability on descents on a hard tail? I feel very twitchy at higher speeds and am constantly hitting the breaks.

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    I am looking for a good used one on CL now...

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    Yeah I'd sell that fork. PM sent Ricky916

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    Rode my 29er today and...

    I am lucky enough to own many bikes which include a 29er full suspension. I have been riding my 26er hard tail the last few weeks exclusively and decided to take out the big wheel bike today. I realized that tire selection can make a huge difference on how any bike rides, regardless of size! My 26er has some very good tires that work well in my area and my 29er not so much! I actually felt less confident on the 29er today! I guess I need to change my tires! I did not feel that it was any less agile, and I did feel less fatigued as it rolls over everything so well. To me, the whole 26 vs 29 thing is very subjective, much like saying one brand of bike or suspension is better than another. I hope 26er hard tails don't become extinct!

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    I ride a 26" HT exclusively. Rode a junker Schwinn for years until the frame was totally shot, then built up an XL Chameleon this spring and couldn't be happier. It's super fast and agile, plus has taken stairs, 1-4ft drops and rough descents repeatedly with no issue. I don't do any massive jumps or drops, so why waste the cash to build an FS up ?

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    old school

    Someone told me that they even have shock absorbers on new bikes! And disk brakes!

    (still riding my Fisher from the 80's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewinters View Post
    Someone told me that they even have shock absorbers on new bikes! And disk brakes!

    (still riding my Fisher from the 80's)


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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Fat Chance Yo Eddie. Steel is real.
    +1. Been using Vicious Cycles fork on mine the past few years. How is do you have it set up?

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    I'd say I do..

    If I didn't like them I wouldn't have put out the cash to get this brand new beauty!
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    Hardtails are the best bikes to practise on. They teach you flow and proper line choice. Anyone fast on a hardtail will be very fast on a full suspension.
    I started on a hardtail. Loved it, although after having 9 inches rear wheel travel I couldnt go back. Not full time anyway.
    I like the idea of building up a hardtail for playing and unleashing my full susser on the serious rides. Hardtails are fun, and always will be.

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    Still liking the HT

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    a classic bike

    perfect for uphill trail and singletrack
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    It may not be the nicest bike but it brings a goofy smile to my face without fail.
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    Although I have a 26 FS, a 29er HT and just finished a 29er SS rigid...

    The bike that's put the most grins on my face is my first one, an old Haro Escape, that's now a single speed. I just switched it to tubeless, lol. Love that bike!

    The v-brakes work so well, that even if I could go to disks on the frame, I wouldn't.

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    Still lovin mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post



    is it a 26r hardtrail bike with a ss 29r rigid fork???? IT looks very nice!

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    Loved my Cotic Beefy, unfortunately so did the thieving scrote who nicked it from me.
    Bought a Ragley Piglet as a slightly smaller lighter bike still with confidence inspiring angles... Wass great till it cracked.
    Long story continued! Bought another Beefy and am currently building it up just awaiting a fork (which should be here tomorrow.....

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    I rode a Sette Carbon Fiber 26inch HT and had 6 wins in my catagory(Legends- 50+) this summer in the local Vail, CO series. Its was a climbing machine, but I'm sure I gave up some time in the decents to FS and 29ers,

    It's was fun being old school. 21lbs of old school!

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    Loving it

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    Yes, both of them

    I have two highend 26 inch bikes and see no reason to replace them. I'm thinking of a new 26" FS frame. Works for me.

    If I want big wheels, I have my road bike.

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    Riding dynamics is so different from my single speed 29er;
    I tend to switch riding between the two, just to keeping my riding fresh.
    My 26" hardtail is my choice for riding lately, I feel more connected to the bike and trail than the 29er which at times feels like I riding on it like you would a horse.

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    I have 3 26in MTB's. a '93 Litespeed Obed, an '03 Turner burner FS, and a Jamis xlt 3.0 FS which I'll probably give to my son.

    The Turner is bloody fast and I can't see getting rid of it. bought it off a friend of mine 2 years ago. love it so much I'm going to get it a new paint job.

    The Litespeed is my gravel road bike. still working on cockpit set up and saddle. I've not found a combo that I really like yet.

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    Ohh yeah. I've put many many miles on my '08 santa cruz chameleon. It is by far the most amusing bike I've ridden. Does great at techy climbs, fun to get downhill quickly. Does this whole cornering thing very very well.
    And it still pedals decently well on the road.

    What's not to like?

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    Just built up a Giant xtc with used parts last night. It was a super fun headlamp ride before work today.

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    Hello

    I like it also.......
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    My Gary Fisher Hoo-Koo-E-Koo waits for me at the vacation home in BC.. I miss having it in the garage and having the opportunity to choose it over my FS for a ride. And I'm building up a snow bike in Calgary out of an Aluminum Devinci Cameleon frame... both hardtails. I didn't realize that 29ers were getting so popular, but if they bring more people to the sport than that's great.

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    Confession: I've never ridden a full-suspension bike or a 29er. My first bike was a rigid. My second bike was a hardtail. I don't anticipate getting another bike until I finish grad school.

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    Rediscovering the 26" goodness. The 29ers are a better choice on some trails, while the 26 HT is the go to bike for others. Quivers are for slaying all kinds of beasts.
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    I still like mine!

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    I just got rid of my SS rigid 29''r and am currently building up a 26'' HT. I would go rigid, but my wrists can't handle it. I'll probably end up going SS but for now i'm going to see how the 1x9 works.

    I don't like the 29r at all. I prefer to lean hard into tight turns and I could never get comfy with the bigger wheel. The geo felt all wrong to me. I'm only 5'9'' so that may have something to do with it. I won't be on a 29r anytime soon.

    Also, what are all the "pros" riding these days? 29 or 26?

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    29' looks weird. Don't like it and love my 26'!

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    I have a 29er and a 26er. I ride my 26er for fun and racing and I use my 29er for rides with my 2 year old. The 29er does not handle nearly as well as my 26er. I found that the 29er took so much more work to have fun on. It does not jump nearly as well, it can not handle some of the switchbacks on my local trails. It is not nearly as flickable, and it slows down way to much at the begining of a hill. I know I could ride it more and get use to it, but I can not imagine that it woudl end up being as fun.

    My good riding buddy has made big strides in his riding though when he switched from a 26er to a 29er but he is not as fun loving as I am and rides a lot safer.

    FWIW - I ride single track tight and twisty, rocky and rooty trails. No fire roads for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _oky_ View Post
    is it a 26r hardtrail bike with a ss 29r rigid fork???? IT looks very nice!
    Just noticed this question about my bike...

    It is a Chromag Stylus 26er HT frame, built up singlespeed and with a 465 mm A to C Dirt Jumper fork from Identiti. The fork has less offset than 29er forks which should increase stability. Works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    Rediscovering the 26" goodness. The 29ers are a better choice on some trails, while the 26 HT is the go to bike for others. Quivers are for slaying all kinds of beasts.
    True indeed !! My wife slays me on her 26er hardtail 1 x 9...
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    Love my 6er hard tail

    I have a 2000 (yes it is 11 - well the frame that is) Specialized Hard Rock Comp (before the HR turned into poo). All that is left of the original bike is the frame. EVERYTHING has been upgraded and replaced. I have managed to strip 5.5 - 6 pounds through the upgrades.
    There are 3 things that keep me loving the bike 1) it climbs like a mountain goat 2) tubeless tubeless tubeless 3) it is as light as some $4K bikes!

    It is not the bike as so much as it is the rider!

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    Wink New wheels

    Just bought some carbon havens. Viva la 26er hard tail!

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    Not a hardtail technically

    I will be selling my 29er HT soon, because I had to choose between that and my 2009 Moots YBB 26er. I just didn't jive with the 29er and couldn't imagine not having my trusty 26er anymore. Now the YBBs going to be a 650ber in the front so I guess I will really be a misfit and wont fit in any of these forums. Oh yea, but I still have my 96' GT Outpost, Old Giant Iguana, and Specialized Stumpjumper HT's

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    Do we need to start a 26er hard tail forum? I am wondering how many other riders will follow the same path?

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    Love my first bike, a 2002 Trek 4500. Still ride it weekly.

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    My only bike is an '03 Jamis Dakota XC, 26" steel hardtail. I bought it new and have loved every minute on it. Upgraded to disc brakes and added a Chris King headset in '04, other than that it's all original and still rides great.

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    I was cleaning up my shop space when I realized I had almost everything I needed to assemble another 26" hardtail.

    A half hour later and a sixer of Highland Brewing Oatmeal Porter later, I ended up with this...



    Steel is real I really like these Pauls Chain Keepers for my 1X projects.



    Say what you will, the old 8-speed stuff was pretty much bulletproof. I can't even count how many bikes this XTR rear derailleur has been installed on since it was new.



    Only when I got to the drivetrain did I realize that I only had square taper bottom brackets and no square taper cranks. So I am just waiting for a bottom bracket... and maybe a rigid fork
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    ... your idea of technical may be much different than other peoples idea of technical.

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    Not that I know any different.....

    But so far loving my 05 specialized hardrock SS.
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    Seeing as how my most recent purchase was a 26" hardtail, I say yup. Actually, the purchase before that was an Unreal Senior hardtail frame for a DJ build I'm doing, and my next bike will most likely be another 26" HT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spadmike View Post
    Do we need to start a 26er hard tail forum? I am wondering how many other riders will follow the same path?
    YES! and call it "26ers still holding on"

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    I still adore my 26" hardtail. I put in about 140 miles per week on that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenowa View Post
    29' looks weird. Don't like it and love my 26'!
    +1

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    use a blkmrkt mob dj set up ss for trails and track still. nothin like pump and line choice on a ht!

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    Love My Hardtail... or the "Tank" Trek 820

    Love my bike over 3000 miles in 2 seasons....takes a beating..can smoke some 2 grand rigs uphill and can crash through concrete barriers because it weighs just as much..LOL...
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    Yup, still like my 26er. I had been considering getting a 29er but now I'm not sure. The last couple of group rides have been me on a 26er and everyone else on 29ers and I've had no issues with keeping up or passing. Maybe I should just upgrade my cheapo wheelset and keep on truckin'.

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    My 11-year-old daughter loves hers. :-)

    This season we moved her from 24" to 26" and me from 26" to 29". We both love how much more easily we can roll over stuff.

    Living in Iowa, I don't see us going FS. Increased cost and mechanical complexity for what benefit? One week a year we vacation in the Breckenridge, CO area, and my husband (also on a 29er hardtail) wishes he had FS for some of those descents, but oh well.

    So count me in the "buy the bike that suits both your riding style and the trails you ride most often" camp.

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    I love the old school beartraps on Luckiraq's Trek. When my M525 pedals broke so many years, I fished the old beartraps from my 1989 Nishiki out of a box, and so began my happy reintroduction to flats. Too bad I killed those pedals in a season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    I was cleaning up my shop space when I realized I had almost everything I needed to assemble another 26" hardtail.

    A half hour later and a sixer of Highland Brewing Oatmeal Porter later, I ended up with this...



    Steel is real I really like these Pauls Chain Keepers for my 1X projects.



    Say what you will, the old 8-speed stuff was pretty much bulletproof. I can't even count how many bikes this XTR rear derailleur has been installed on since it was new.



    Only when I got to the drivetrain did I realize that I only had square taper bottom brackets and no square taper cranks. So I am just waiting for a bottom bracket... and maybe a rigid fork
    Sick bike. I love steel too! And 8spd stuff is still cool. I wouldn't hate
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    i ride the **** out of my kona hoss

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    Latest build...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanetti View Post
    Latest build...

    Nice work. Super clean cabling and excellent color scheme, no garish colors or logos on it... that bike looks perfect.

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    I like to think of bikes like skiing... certain trails and conditions call for a certain bike. My 26er hardtail is a valued part of my bike quiver!

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    I doooo




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    F#*! all the hype! Just ride da bike. Just will not ride a 29.

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    Now I've gone and done it. I'll be eating crow regarding my earlier comments about not enjoying hardtail 26" bikes and feeling all beat up. Just got a new 26" fully rigid that feels more plush (in the back) than my 29er hardtail. And it is a blast to ride. I love my new Mukluk!

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    still like riding my trek7000 hardtail, in fact i joined here to help get advice on building a steel trek820
    i got at a university "parking services"auction for 20$

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    i have yet to ride anything but a 26er. being new to this I had a chance to pickup either 26 or 29. I went for the classic style to learn on and am looking at a '12 leftover 29er next year. That way I have the ability to select wich weapon I will use. I'm happy with the 26 tho. i like the geometry quite well.

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    2001 Litespeed Pisgah

    I finally bought the rear disc brake adapter and put a set of Hope X2 disc brakes on it this year. I had a front disc (Avid Elixir CR) and rear V-brake setup for a while, but decided on swapping out my old Crossmax for a set of Shimano 775 XTs and went with something new.

    I used to ride this bike with V-brakes everywhere I currently ride my SC Blur, SC Blur LT, and Ibis Mojo SL (Skeggs, Demo, SC, Coe). I still ride it to mix it up and keep my bike skills fresh.

    I rode my GF's old Trek HT in Sedona, Moab, and Fuita earlier this year while she rode my SC Blur LT. No real complaints from me, though Amasaback would have been much more fun with 6" of suspension.

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    Good job!




    & im going to build a single speed 820 steel frame that i got for $20.
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    I have had allmountain 26ers and FS, softtail and fully rigid 29ers, but whatever I buy, after a few months I always seem to get back to that trusty old On-One Inbred 26er.

    I love how it looks, I love how it rides, I love that I know this bike as an old pair of jeans. I love that it is heavy enough to endure mistake after mistake. And when it finally cracks, I love that it is inexpensive, expendable and replaceable and I will probably order a new one the same day.

    Last three years or so I have been riding it fixed and for the last couple of seasons I rarely use any other bikes. Those small wheels are so quick and I enjoy not having a single cable.

    That doesn't stop me from having yet another 29er on order, though...

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    I ride my old Surly 1x1 more than my beloved 29er. But just on the road set up as a commuter. I also have a Big Dummy that I ride with the kids on adventures. But for trail, I will only ride my 29er.

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    I haven't had the chance to try a 29er yet

    I just recently bought 2 26ers because I feel that my type of riding and trails do not require a 29er. Maybe that will change in the future, but, as for now, I'm quite satisfied with 6ers.

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    Naah, gone 24" lately. 26" is just soooo yesterday


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    Love mine. Perfect for my riding style. Fast, light, and agile.

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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.
    Yes, really like my Kona steel HT. Got rear disk tab welded on and roll on UST rim and tire system.

    Like how I can feel more bumps on rough descents: that's entertainment.
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    Still riding my early 90s GT Avalanche, I'm thinking of getting a new bike but I'm still having fun on this one!
    An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger (62 AD - 114 AD)

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    Fast, agile, responsive, and tons of fun! I just got a new one in fact. Great for tearing up technical trails and I can still use it to commute to work here and there. Would want to commute on a FS.


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