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    I'm still on a 26" HT, actually going to be almost entirely upgrading the drivetrain not too far from now. Is a 1x9, soon to be a 2x9; going to an XT medium cage rear, SLX double front, SLX shifters coming from a short cage X9 rear. I dont have the legs for 1x9 just yet :P
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    I love mine!
    But to be fair I havent ridden anything but 26er hardtails...

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    I've had my 26" hardtail for ages now, it is an old Azonic DS2 frame and has been an all rigid trials bike, a singlespeed jump bike, and is now a geared do-it-all bike. Though it's a tiny tiny frame (14"!) I use it for light cross country work, (smallish) jumps, and trials if needs be.

    Are 29ers becoming that dominant?

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    hammer fest day = Giant XTC AO 26er light & fast.

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    never had a 29er....dont want one either.... seems kinda assanine to me..... I just dont need the extra 3 inches of wheel and tire....cource I wont own one of theses poorly made new bikes either....mines a complete custom 2000 GT Timberline frame built from the ground up to take a pounding ..rides Alot nicer than anything made today...... and I know I been building custom bikes for nearly 27 years now I gotta wonder why people want these 29ers????... to me just seems silly..... like a tap dancing werewolf in drag!!...... bet that one made ya scratch yer head huh! NARF

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    Of course....Lots of people still love their hardtails.What full-suspension world is yours ?
    Here's mine : GT Outpost, rebuilted with almost completely new parts and rides smoothly and sweet !



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    Stll my favorite.
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    Love my 2003 Kona Kula Deluxe; in fact, I love it so much, I have two more NOS backup frames in case some dildo steals it or I wreck it.

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    26ers are here to stay

    Out of three bikes, my 1996 trek 7000 hardtail (converted to a singlespeed) still puts the biggest grin on my face when I take it for a spin! I think it has to do with the geometry that manufacturers used back then... longer top tubes/shorter seat stays and wheelbase. It seems as though newer bikes have been "dumbed down" to a point.





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    of course I do, they're better than 29ers...

    I have a GF superfly frame in my basement. built it up, it sat around, tore it back down.
    IMO any one of my current 26er HT's is more fun than all of the 29ers I've tried so far.
    horses for courses (or rather- horses for riders!)

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    Still have 3! Full rigid 2x8, 100mm 1x8 21 pounder (both aluminum) and the trusty 853 2x9/100mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    Yeah, when it's all been said and done, my 26" hardtail is still the bike that puts the silly grin on my face.

    whats that setup you have going for that contour? does it come out shaky? why not mount on helmet?

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    I still ride mine. I love the hardtail. I want it to be rigid again though. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the sexy beast of a bike. So instead I will bore you with the spec list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick6sic6 View Post
    Of course....Lots of people still love their hardtails.What full-suspension world is yours ?
    Here's mine : GT Outpost, rebuilted with almost completely new parts and rides smoothly and sweet !


    Those red spoke nipples are awesome. I want...

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    The pictures will be outdated in a few days but heres mine as of last afternoon. Soon to go on will be an XT rear and SLX front deraileurs, SLX shifters, new wheels (Mavic 717's laced to XT hubs) and rotors (avid cleansweeps).
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    What if I still like my 26/24 HT? Do I qualify for this thread?


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    i used to go off huge jumps on a Schwinn with a banana seat. Hardtails 4ever!

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    Still riding my 95 Cannondale F700- Love it !!

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    Can a 26er be made to corner as good as a 29er? I took mine out for a ride last night and loved the nimbleness of the bike. The only thing I wish I could do on it is rails the corners as fast and I would have my favorite bike! Bigger tires? What do you all think?

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    What's wrong with HT bikes? FS are the only thing worth riding or what?
    Squaring the circles.

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    double post please delete sorry mods
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    I love how one of the first comments said "I don't remember the last time I saw a high end 26" hardtail in a shop. 3 or 4 years ago maybe." well it would seem he is wrong since almost everyone else that commented loves there 26" hardtail and posted pictures of some very nice high quality bikes.

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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.....
    Really......try again; oh, and put down the bong first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex774r View Post
    I love how one of the first comments said "I don't remember the last time I saw a high end 26" hardtail in a shop. 3 or 4 years ago maybe." well it would seem he is wrong since almost everyone else that commented loves there 26" hardtail and posted pictures of some very nice high quality bikes.
    That poster is obviously unaware of the numerous custom frame shops who's business is primarily hardtails in all kinds of exotic metallurgy. Good chance he never heard of repack as well.

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    Its all I have ever known


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steeljaws View Post
    Really......try again; oh, and put down the bong first.

    errrrr.... they are the same thing dude. a 29er is a fat 700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroggyBiker View Post
    never had a 29er....dont want one either.... seems kinda assanine to me..... I just dont need the extra 3 inches of wheel and tire....cource I wont own one of theses poorly made new bikes either....mines a complete custom 2000 GT Timberline frame built from the ground up to take a pounding ..rides Alot nicer than anything made today...... and I know I been building custom bikes for nearly 27 years now I gotta wonder why people want these 29ers????... to me just seems silly..... like a tap dancing werewolf in drag!!...... bet that one made ya scratch yer head huh! NARF
    29ers are a lot of fun. They really rip over terrain real well. And the complaints about their handling are a lot more due to the rider than the bike. I've found my 29er HT to be nearly as maneuverable in the dense woods up here as my HT ss 26er. It is a diffrent ride though and you carry a lot more speed so you have to keep that in mind. I find my 26er is more fun on the really technical trails with jumps and the like, and the 29 is my choice for trail riding and long hauls and racing.

    I don't regret my derision to buy one, its a lot of fun, but I would have regretted getting rid of my 26in HT because they still have their uses.
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    Is this high end enough?

    [ATTACH]a[/ATTACH]My Ibis Tranny at my shop.
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    newish but fun
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    Still love my Yeti ARC. Light and rides oh'so right!
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    Still love my Homegrown. And the new bike I still lust for is a Yeti Arc. I suppose if I lived in Colorado I might want an FS for the downhills, but I don't see the point in spending the money here.

    As for a 29er, I don't have a lot of seat time so I can't really say. I tried one once (a FS Specialized) and have to say it was heavy and unresponsive compared to my Homegrown.


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    I love mine but maybe that's cuz I don't do too much technical single track. bike feels solid and responds well
    of course I've yet to climb on a 29er

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    Can someone school me why hardtails dont rank good in the MTB world anymore?
    Squaring the circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMLGN View Post
    Can someone school me why hardtails dont rank good in the MTB world anymore?
    I think its because people equate suspension with being better. More flashy technology = better. But sometimes simple is really best. And honestly, if you're like me and pretty much only ride hard tails, then go to FS, you're actually a hell of a lot more capable rider. Sure the ride on an HT isn't the easiest on your back or your body, but it does reward you with a sense of achievement and awesome every time you ride one. To me, it takes a good bit of talent to get an HT down a technical decent. Sure I do it slower than my friends on 6in travel FS bikes, but I can do it and not be hardly able to ride it or do it so slowly that the FR guys are waiting for 10 min. at the bottom of a run. I just feel more accomplished riding down a tough decent on an HT.
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    Yes. Every time I ride the thing I remember why I don't sell it.

    I find the religious fervour of the 29er kool aid comments very amusing. We are talking about bicycles, ride the one you want, if it makes you smile, it's all good, right?

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    Won't give mine up, future upgrades will stay rigid too...hope that the first trail dip never stops making me grin. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1311685650.782173.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazydad View Post
    Still love my Homegrown. And the new bike I still lust for is a Yeti Arc. I suppose if I lived in Colorado I might want an FS for the downhills, but I don't see the point in spending the money here.

    As for a 29er, I don't have a lot of seat time so I can't really say. I tried one once (a FS Specialized) and have to say it was heavy and unresponsive compared to my Homegrown.

    Yep 29er = heavy and unresponsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroggyBiker View Post
    never had a 29er....dont want one either.... seems kinda assanine to me..... I just dont need the extra 3 inches of wheel and tire....cource I wont own one of theses poorly made new bikes either....mines a complete custom 2000 GT Timberline frame built from the ground up to take a pounding ..rides Alot nicer than anything made today...... and I know I been building custom bikes for nearly 27 years now I gotta wonder why people want these 29ers????... to me just seems silly..... like a tap dancing werewolf in drag!!...... bet that one made ya scratch yer head huh! NARF
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    I tried out my buddies 29er and it felt sloppy and heavy. I think I'll stick with my nimble 26er



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    Quote Originally Posted by theZapper View Post
    I tried out my buddies 29er and it felt sloppy and heavy. I think I'll stick with my nimble 26er
    Tha's not a hardtail.
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    Some pics of mine with the latest updates (dont mind the pedal covers, its for test rides). All thats left of the stock bike are the deraileurs, shifters, and frame...


    ...but i think i need to reduce the travel back to 100-110mm.

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    Prefer the 26'ers as well. Just don't see the reason to switch.

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    I'm not interested in 29er's.

    The acceleration thing make me hesitant, because of the taller wheels.

    Although I have ridden my Mongoose 29er a plenty in the woods. My little Diamong back 26 will cream the Mongoose though....I'm much more agile on the DB.

    FS bikes don't turn me on at all... First I don't like how they look and I really ..I don't need one unless I do lots of major drops and downhill fast.

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    I love my 26 inch hard tail. But are we dinosaurs? I don't think the major bike companies even make high end hard tail 26s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    I love my 26 inch hard tail. But are we dinosaurs? I don't think the major bike companies even make high end hard tail 26s.
    Spec, Orbea, Trek, Merida, Scott, ibis, etc. all make high end 26.

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    still have 26 HT- good old banshee scirocco

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    Ive got a fully rigid 26 thats a great bike - like many others have said, take it out on a rather blah trail and it becomes fun gain. Nothing builds skill better than riding rigid ! Someone also said hat they haven't seen one in their shop for 3 to 4 years - well, nothing ever breaks or goes out of whack on my rigid - ever ! I'm always replacing busted crap on my FS bike. All that being said, I rarely take out my old rigid anymore, but when I do, it's a blast. Nothing feels better than blasting down a rock garden on a rigid (when you do it right), the body is still, and the bike is just floating and flowing underneath you......
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    I've ridden a few 29ers, and they just feel sluggish to me. If I want to ride big wheels on a trail, I'll grab my CX bike.

    I love my 26" Stumpy FS, but my "go to" always seems my 26" Quiring 1X10 scandium hardtail.


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    How does scandium ride?

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