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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.

    training ride = Giant Trance X2

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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!)

    so, is what I ride a problem for you?
    cause I couldn't care less what you ride...
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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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!

    Kona Explosif frame( 09)
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    Chris King hubs laced to Mavic UST rims and Continental Trail King tubeless tires
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    Easton Monkeylite XC carbon bars
    Moots ti seatpost
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    Can't recall the stem. I'm a dummy.
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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
    Squaring the circles.

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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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