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    We are actively building a slalom trail, in a park full of easy graded trails, pumptrack and freeride trails.

    i'll never purchase a 29er as my intent when riding is to stay active in the cockpit.

    29ers are conducive to people who like to throw more energy to pedaling and less energy on bike handling. Be it lack of skill or it's because they want to just devote more effort to the spin.

    29ers handle terribly on the trail we have created. Our trail performs marvelously with a 26" hardtail, and i for one could not be more pleased about that fact.
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    I race my Sette Phantom carbon, full XTR 26" hardtail. Only because I currently reside in FL with really flicky trails. I picked it for the price and weight. $2500 for a full XTR carbon bike? Yes please! And at 20lb 4oz WITH pedals on a large frame? I was worried about durability, but NO problems so far. But I will say that my next upgrade will be a 29er.

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    My commuter bike. Bought it in 1996!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookum View Post
    We are actively building a slalom trail, in a park full of easy graded trails, pumptrack and freeride trails.

    i'll never purchase a 29er as my intent when riding is to stay active in the cockpit.

    29ers are conducive to people who like to throw more energy to pedaling and less energy on bike handling. Be it lack of skill or it's because they want to just devote more effort to the spin.

    29ers handle terribly on the trail we have created. Our trail performs marvelously with a 26" hardtail, and i for one could not be more pleased about that fact.
    While they are not ideal for your particular style of riding, does not mean they handle poorly. IDK what 29er's you've been on, but they corner on rails if you ride them right.

    granted my 26in bike is more "flickable" if you will, which I like, and it's why I keep it around, because a 29er isn't the end all bike, but there are plenty of days I'm glad I have one.

    And saying you suck at riding because you ride a 29 is a pretty bold statement. It's not the case at all.
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    My last bike was a HR disc in 26" and I loved it, it seemed like some of my riding buddies let the fact that they had 26" ht's get to them instead of working on their skill set. Ive raced people on fs and on 29". I love the way I can throw by 26" around and put it in every position I need it to go. Although my next bike will be a 29" ht.

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    if I could afford the lightest 29er wheelset I would ride a 29er however I do not feel like I am missing much with my 26ers

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    I'll never spend my elite 9.9 ssl, it's my best bike, and it's 26er hardtail

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    I love my 26" steel hard-tails with rim brakes: Voodoo Bizango 2x9, and Surly 1x1. They are just plain FUN!

    I love my 26" dual suspension when I'm riding really technical stuff too.

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    Fall/winter riding ftw
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    Took my single, and rigid 26er HT commuter/tourer out for a nice touring ride in the countryside/woods today. Put about 40 miles on the bike, sure was a nice day!

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    i love ht's. wouldn't consider getting a fs... right now i have a cannondale trail sl2 and i'm looking at getting another ht with a beefier frame (chromag stylus possibly???)

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    Love my 26" HT , tried a 29er and its geometry / ride sucked! besides way too pricey here .

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    Kept my KHS Montana 1992 rigid 26" bike. just replaced my original Panaracer Smoke tire...now new smoke and Dart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kt42 View Post
    i love ht's. wouldn't consider getting a fs... right now i have a cannondale trail sl2 and i'm looking at getting another ht with a beefier frame (chromag stylus possibly???)
    God damn I want a Chromag HT so bad.

    I really want a Samuri. I think there is a Stylus on e-gay right now for pretty cheap. Buy it!!

    DO WANT!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    ...Why is it people with older rides still love em, and people with newer rides always seem to want something different and the "Next best thing".
    I smiled when I read this. The answer is in the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Holloman View Post
    I smiled when I read this. The answer is in the question.
    Yes it is my friend, yes it is.

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    it's the keeping up with the Jones thing , isn't it ?

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    Love my 2001 Specialized M4 Hardtail. With big tires and hardy front suspension it goes down anything but gives a real alive feeling. High adrenaline. It's great on anything up to real downhill. Then I take out the big gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt sterbator View Post
    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.
    It's take more of a backseat to the 29er SS and the new squishy, but I still love this bike.


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    I'm interested in a custom, bespoken, light "high-end" 26 steel frame that can handle 2.5+" knobby tire with clearance, longer effective top tube, (23.5~24"), and designed for a 140mm or 160mm titanium-coil fork.
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    Playing on the rocks and logs on my newly built up hardtail 26er.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubedriver View Post
    Playing on the rocks and logs on my newly built up hardtail 26er.




    Just for the short amount of time I tried it out on the road it seemed very playful. You got me thinking about a nice steel hardtail with fat tires now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGrr View Post
    Just for the short amount of time I tried it out on the road it seemed very playful. You got me thinking about a nice steel hardtail with fat tires now.
    On-One makes a nice steel frame with slack headtube angles that can fit 2.5 tires.

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    I rock my 03 hardrock comp everywhere. Had a fs bike, that got stolen and I of course cried and whined, but now I have my ht and I think I like the precision and responsiveness of it which is way more than any fs I've ever ridden. I'm going to be making custom ht frames w/ my uncles friend soon as well. It's like a cigarette that's good for you! Calming yet nerve racking, addicting, and I literally had some stress and sleep issues and got VERY sick right after my first ht was stolen. Rip Marin hawk hill. Lol

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    My only ride is a 26" hardtail.

    I demo'd a new '12 Trek Fuel EX 8..............not my cup of tea for the cash. So I bought some new brakes for my current ride!

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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.
    No your not, as a matter of fact i got the same bike (07 Trek 6500) i love that bike everything you said about it is true. I don't like 29er i got a 26 F/S bike also.

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    I'm in love with my short travel 26 fully. That said I've been getting the itch for a hardtail again. Maybe a on one 456?

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    I got a Kona Steely last week and love every minute I'm on it.

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    Good job! 96 Hard tail Stumpy

    I switch between My 96 Hardtail Aluminum frame Stumpy and my 08 Yeti 575 . I love both bikes , I have just put bigger tires and rims for winter.:
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    I just built one

    New frame, old parts...
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    Hey that bike is tight Ksechler

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    Call me crazy, but I'm looking at buying another 26' HT this week. an NS Surge. Can't wait to start that build up!!

    Who needs rear squish? Hard tails for life!
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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    Call me crazy, but I'm looking at buying another 26' HT this week. an NS Surge. Can't wait to start that build up!!

    Who needs rear squish? Hard tails for life!
    It's not crazy at all i can't get rid of my hardtail i love the way it handles you just don't get the same response from a full suspension like a hardtail. Don't get me wrong i love my full suspension also but .....my hardtail means alot to me.

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    I thought I was gonna do a FS bike for my next rig too, but my buddy/owner of a LBS wants to make me a deal I kinda can't say no to on this frame. Plus it gives me a winter project...
    -Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRAIL CRANKER View Post
    I switch between My 96 Hardtail Aluminum frame Stumpy and my 08 Yeti 575 . I love both bikes , I have just put bigger tires and rims for winter.:
    Pretty tall fork you have on that stumpy. Did it slow down the steering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksechler View Post
    new frame, old parts...
    yes... Yes.

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    I am going back and forth about the purchase of a ht 29er but its just too hard to let go of my C'Dale flash 1 with carbon lefty.

    I just power through everything with that bike. I mean is having fun on a mountain bike supposed to be easier? bigger wheels roll easier yes they do however they need better gearing and or stronger engine to move them.

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    Rockhopper Disc. Still love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlhw9 View Post
    Rockhopper Disc. Still love it
    Cool do you have a pic of it?

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    "God damn I want a Chromag HT so bad.

    I really want a Samuri. I think there is a Stylus on e-gay right now for pretty cheap. Buy it!!

    DO WANT!!!!!!"

    Yeah I saw that same Stylus and I want it sooo bad, but I found a Evil Sovereign for sale only about two hours away from me and for a better price I think I'll go for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kt42 View Post
    "God damn I want a Chromag HT so bad.

    I really want a Samuri. I think there is a Stylus on e-gay right now for pretty cheap. Buy it!!

    DO WANT!!!!!!"

    Yeah I saw that same Stylus and I want it sooo bad, but I found a Evil Sovereign for sale only about two hours away from me and for a better price I think I'll go for it
    Go for it .....how much they want for it and do you have a pic????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Biking Guy View Post
    Go for it .....how much they want for it and do you have a pic????
    They want $550 for it, but I'll probably offer a little less. It's one of the original models. I can't upload the original pic (can't save the image for some reason), but it looks exactly like this frame:
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    95 Stumpy Tange Prestige

    My main ride lately;
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    Quote Originally Posted by kt42 View Post
    They want $550 for it, but I'll probably offer a little less. It's one of the original models. I can't upload the original pic (can't save the image for some reason), but it looks exactly like this frame:
    Damn that's a good price....... like i said go for it

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    I need an affordable, light, rigid steel fork, with v-brake bosses.. does anyone still make these?

    Vicious Cycles has one for $250, that's not really within my price range.



    Keeping my eyes open for a Kona Project 2 fork with an uncut steerer.. I need 9" of steerer tube.

    It's going onto a 1995 Kiluaea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvestri View Post
    I need an affordable, light, rigid steel fork, with v-brake bosses.. does anyone still make these?

    Vicious Cycles has one for $250, that's not really within my price range.



    Keeping my eyes open for a Kona Project 2 fork with an uncut steerer.. I need 9" of steerer tube.

    It's going onto a 1995 Kiluaea.
    I just picked up a fork off a Bianchi CUSS on eBay for $20. Took awhile to find one with the right length, both steerer tube and c-r.
    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

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    My almighty Cannondale F5 frame developed a crack in the chainstay. I loved that bike. However, I did take the plunge and got a 29er. I love it as well. It rides so smoothly. It's so easy to get over obstacles.

    But I also miss my F5. It was a great bike and served me well. I'll build a 26er HT after I get my 29er FS.
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    I just defied convention, and picked up my 3rd 26 in. Hard tail.

    Just bought an 09 NS Surge. REally excited about this build!
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    Last week I noticed my 26in hardtail frame was cracked. I replaced it with another 26in hardtail frame, steel this time!!!
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    I just came back to my trek 6000. Put a new wheelset, tires, tubes, handlebar, grips and chain. I think I spent $200 in total on it. I can't justify investing more than that since I bought the bike new in 2002 for around $500. So much fun to ride. I'm definitely a 26er guy compared to my 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimphatty View Post
    I just came back to my trek 6000. Put a new wheelset, tires, tubes, handlebar, grips and chain. I think I spent $200 in total on it. I can't justify investing more than that since I bought the bike new in 2002 for around $500. So much fun to ride. I'm definitely a 26er guy compared to my 29er.
    I here ya i bought my Trek 6500 brand new in 2007 and spent $1000. took care of it never abused it always keep it clean and lubed (service) it still looks brand new to this very day. Instead buying a new HT with the components i wanted i decided to buy the components i wanted and put on the bike and the bike feels awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Biking Guy View Post
    I here ya i bought my Trek 6500 brand new in 2007 and spend $1000. took care of it never abused it always keep it clean and lubed (service) it still looks brand new to this very day. Instead buying a new HT with the components i wanted i decided to buy the components i wanted and put on the bike and the bike feels awesome

    I have a Trek 6500 from 1995 which I have just rebuilt. Rigid fork. I built a new set of wheels with a set of LX hubs that I bought brand new from a store that was closing out, $50 for the set. Laced them to a new set of Mavic rims. SRAM X9 shifters and derailleurs and Shimano V-brakes.

    This is a fun little bike.

    I am looking for another new, or new to me 26" hardtail but having trouble finding something.

    Anyone have any suggestions??? I was thinking of maybe the Surly Troll...?

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    I don't know, my favorite hardtails are the old school schwinn homegrowns and attitudes. The new Tomac carbon hardtail looks good too, but I haven't ridden one.
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    Just bought my first mtb ever (about a month ago). Wife-enforced budget put me pre-owned, ended up with a 26" hardtail (Gary Fisher). Hit the trails for the first time here at Tyler State Park and I'm hooked!
    Haven't had that much fun in years! I'm 45 now and mad I didn't find this when I was younger....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graffxman View Post
    Just bought my first mtb ever (about a month ago). Wife-enforced budget put me pre-owned, ended up with a 26" hardtail (Gary Fisher). Hit the trails for the first time here at Tyler State Park and I'm hooked!
    Haven't had that much fun in years! I'm 45 now and mad I didn't find this when I was younger....
    Lol, I have an old Wahoo same color and spec in my Bacement (torn apart with a busted frame hub, fork and crankset now, but that's another story) that bike was my roommates, but I rode it a few times when my junk was in the bike shop. I remember trying to do all stupid stuff on it, which inevitably led to it breaking. It was fun while it lasted!

    Hopefully you won't break your's! Glad you discovered the joy of riding!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graffxman View Post
    Just bought my first mtb ever (about a month ago). Wife-enforced budget put me pre-owned, ended up with a 26" hardtail (Gary Fisher). Hit the trails for the first time here at Tyler State Park and I'm hooked!
    Haven't had that much fun in years! I'm 45 now and mad I didn't find this when I was younger....
    Nice ride, enjoy that Fisher and give it hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Nice ride, enjoy that Fisher and give it hell.
    i agree nice ride..once your hooked ...your hooked enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    My main ride lately;
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    ^^^ Fred, your bike is my favorite from this thread!

    My ride is not as cool:

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    Blue and Black looks good, nicely done.^^^^

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    Funny

    I was just thinking of adding an on-one 26er HT

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    Still rockin the 26er...



    I still dabble in other wheel sizes however...

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    ... and if we just ...

    i agree nice ride..once your hooked ...your hooked enjoy

    Yeah, I've discovered the problem with getting hooked on this sport is that everything I want now ain't cheap!! Started looking at upgrading some components on my Gary Fisher and it looks like the best way to upgrade is to start with a new bike!
    This one works great for now, though. Wife says I can keep enjoying it until I break a bone. The way I ran the first set of trails I was on, that could be sooner, rather than later!!

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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.
    I still love my 26" GF Tassajara; its a bit old and heavy but it was my first bike. Recently I rode on a 29" FS Specialized Epic and wow, I was blown away by how good it feels. So I'm not looking to replace my 26" but to bring in a younger and lighter beauty into my heart.

    Wow... my wife should be thankful I spent so much time, energy and money on bikes and not other women!
    semper ad excelsum

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    I love my 26ers!!
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    Am glad to see people are still loving their 26ers. I cannot understand how so many people just drop 26 after riding a 29. I own a 29 rigid that is about 6lbs lighter than my 26 ht, yet it is the 26 I take out to the trails 99% of the time. right now am looking for 26 HT AM. 26 are just more fun period. I will keep my 29, but it will for sure be my first and last.
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    Me-Man still rides a hardtail 26er!


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    I love my 2011 S-Works HTs (custom bikes - carbon and m5) and i will also love my 2011 S-Works Epic. All are 26".

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    More fun than this cannot be had - steel 26"er
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solo Bellimino View Post
    Am glad to see people are still loving their 26ers. I cannot understand how so many people just drop 26 after riding a 29. I own a 29 rigid that is about 6lbs lighter than my 26 ht, yet it is the 26 I take out to the trails 99% of the time. right now am looking for 26 HT AM. 26 are just more fun period. I will keep my 29, but it will for sure be my first and last.
    I'm glad you like your bike. This thread is interesting to me as far as the range of opinions on what a good bike is goes. I don't think the wheel size really makes that much difference, it's more a case of how the bike is designed as a whole, if that makes sense. For me, the 29ers I own are more fun than any other bikes I've owned or tried, regardless of wheelsize. So now I mostly ride 29ers. But as I said earlier in this thread, I've spent many happy hours on a 26 HT, and I can see why people still like them.

    I had one of these the Product of COTIC cycles : BFe, very very tough steel hardtail at one stage-it might be worth considering if you want an all mountain 26 HT. The Soul is a bit lighter, both are very sweet handling bikes.

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    26" hardtails rock!

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    just purchased the start to my 3rd 26er HT....


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    For my ride today I let my brother use my 29er anthem and he let me borrow his trek 6000 and man I had a blast! 26" wheels are where it's at! I'm still partial to the FS though.

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    I have been a long fruitless search for a Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame and finally gave up.

    So I went out today and bought a VRC worthy Vertex TO, hardtail 26" with XTR and a Bomber fork.

    I like 26" wheels, and I got so damn sick of every bike shop I went into telling me I "had" to get a 29" or my dick would fall off .......
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    No.. no... I hope the guy I sold it sill likes it but 29ers are for me!

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    Some night action.
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    Just had the shop put my 2012 Rock Shox SID XX on my Litespeed Pisgah. I can't wait to go out and take it on the trails!

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    Several,
    Here is my current favorite:

    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Yep. Here's a slightly blurry photo from Tuesday's night ride. However, if you look closely, there is a 29er trying to sneak into the photo.

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    Yea but with the wheels it's really 29".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    My main ride lately;
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    Best HT so far!

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    Yep. My 26" fits me just fine. I have a blast on it. Still riding my '98 Ellsworth Truth. If it ain't broke...

    I make simple upgrades every now and then. Staying behind the times has been much cheaper for repairs and replacements and I love it. Never cared what any other Mtn Biker on the trail thought cause I smoke them and out maneuver them all the time.

    It's the same thing with any hobby, sport or passion. You always have those that think you're not the best or don't know what you are doing unless you have the latest and greatest. It's whether or not you want to follow the latest marketing ploy to separate the fool from his money. I know fishermen using some the oldest, rustiest equipment I've ever seen who also catch the biggest fish I've ever seen.

    However - I don't think the 26" or 29" is for everyone. I think it all falls on riding style and the height/build of a person. It's been argued too many times before so to each his own.
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    Yeh that has clean lines, could do with loosing the triple though,

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    I recently bought a used 29er but am in the process of converting it to a 26. It is a Trek Cobia with a medium frame, but at 5'8" I was just not quite comfortable on it. Probably should have looked for a smaller frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    I'm interested in a custom, bespoken, light "high-end" 26 steel frame that can handle 2.5+" knobby tire with clearance, longer effective top tube, (23.5~24"), and designed for a 140mm or 160mm titanium-coil fork.
    Check these guys out, saw their stuff when I was out west.

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    I'm tall and ride mostly fire roads. My next new bike will have 29 inch wheels, but I can't afford a new bike right now. For now I'm still having fun on my old reliable hardtail.
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    Franken Hardtail

    My Franken Hardtail bike. All left over parts and bought new Access aluminum frame. Gave my FS rides a vacation and took her out. Still fun as heck to ride!


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    <iframe id="xtranormal_29er rulz!!!1!" name="xtranormal_29er rulz!!!1!" style="width:480px;height:299px;" src="http://www.xtranormal.com/xtraplayr/12860862/29er-rulz1" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" border="0" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto"></iframe>

    This might convince me to switch.

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    ^^^LMAO!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post

    <iframe id="xtranormal_29er rulz!!!1!" name="xtranormal_29er rulz!!!1!" style="width:480px;height:299px;" src="http://www.xtranormal.com/xtraplayr/12860862/29er-rulz1" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" border="0" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto"></iframe>

    This might convince me to switch.
    LMAO
    Since I last posted to this thread I have gone the way of the 29er...although I still love my 26er too.

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    26 wheels are stronger. Lot less chance of a Taco and lighter weight.

    If I lived in some places like Sedona or place where I was always on trail then I would want a 29.

    Where I am in Northern Thailand its very little singletrack because the jungle will grow over anything not constantly traveled and beaten. Mostly jeep track, motorbike trails, bumpy Paris Roubaix pavements and lots of funky road hazards...

    The 26 is fast and durable as well as being much easier to find parts for. 29's are super rare here.

    This bike was bought new in 99 and refinished by Moots in 2010. As best as I can calculate is that I have about 80K miles on this frame... Which would be about 6k per year.

    I even pulled a BOB trailer around a lot of places during some extended expeditions and the frame looks as good as new after the refurb
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    Love the Hardtail

    Great thread
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    I like 26" wheels, and I got so damn sick of every bike shop I went into telling me I "had" to get a 29" or my dick would fall off .......[/QUOTE]

    HERE HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Got a Klein Attitude on the bench right now. It will be a rigid build.
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    Have a hard tail Stump Jumper from 89'. When I finally went to purchase a new mountain bike, I purchased a Santa Cruz Heckler. It is full suspension & I climb better with that bike, due to the "give" in the rear tire. The hard tail bike had me spinning out.

    Being the Stump Jumper is a classic & had bought it around the time of the Loma Prieta earth quake. The bike & I saw many adventures. Some of our rides were 65 miles or more. So when it came time to retire the bike for the newer one, I got rid of the Schwinn Cruiser, opting to transfer the handle bars to the Stump Jumper; making it the cruiser I ride to this day.

    Now I am in the market for a new mountain bike again. What would be the recommendations or buyers guide that you all have experience with?

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    26ers only for me and ill show you why, meet me on the trails haha:
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    I do like my 26" hardtail (both of them, actually), and even ride them every day. Tried couple of FS, never could fully understand what I needed them for. My old worn out legs do a better job, than any rear shock, in my biased opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenon View Post
    I do like my 26" hardtail (both of them, actually), and even ride them every day. Tried couple of FS, never could fully understand what I needed them for. My old worn out legs do a better job, than any rear shock, in my biased opinion.
    I like your bias opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 251 View Post
    Yep. Here's a slightly blurry photo from Tuesday's night ride. However, if you look closely, there is a 29er trying to sneak into the photo.

    What do you think of your Wolverine tires? Ive had a pair for a while and always find myself wanting just a little more grip. I like their shape and size (in the 2.2") but just wish the side knobs were a little thicker... cant get rid of them though.

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