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    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?

    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.

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    I don't remember the last time I saw a high end 26" hardtail in a shop. 3 or 4 years ago maybe.

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    Yes, for the reasons you mentioned and for dirt jumping. They also can make a trail that is petty boring on your FS fun again!
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    I built a 29er ht to try it out. Liked the 26er better for my area. Too much cut and thrust riding for a 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterRide View Post
    Yes, for the reasons you mentioned and for dirt jumping. They also can make a trail that is petty boring on your FS fun again!
    this!

    Take a rather boring fs trail, and bam, techy hardtail action. I still ride/race mine with vbrakes. People look at me weird

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    Yeah, when it's all been said and done, my 26" hardtail is still the bike that puts the silly grin on my face.


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    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    More efficient..helps keep the bike handling skills in tact..and like others mentioned can make a boring trail a little fun again

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    I still ride a hardtail. Purchased a 2010 Cannondale F1 with 26" wheels last year. This is my third 26" hardtail.

    Just plain fun.

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    Like it? I love it! Here she is, getting ready for the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow.


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    i started riding almost20 years ago.. i was about 10-12 then.. and no i dont mean riding to my buddies house.. imean riding trails.. cuz they were there and I had a bike!! thats still why i ride today.. andim still riding my `96 Giant ATX 840 hardtail..plans are to get a FS rig.. but thats more of a luxury thing i guess you could say..my ol faithfull always takes me back home.. i always ride her hard and out her away wet.. and she always begs for more.. whenever i actuallydotake the plunge into the worldof duallies..it wont be without missing my ol friend.. . but its ok..she`ll hopefully have a 2nd life..asthe trailler towing rig, after all I hafta show my son (3 month) the peace, serenity and happiness that a couple hours of solitude can provide
    Never look down to see if your bike actually shifted.. trees look for that type of stupidity

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    Love mine. In fact, it's all I've ridden this year while my FS sits in the basement. Hadn't had a hardtail in almost a decade. Built one up last fall and can't get enough of it.
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    YES! One Ti, one aluminum, one steel, and one carbon.

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    yep. love my 26" hardtails, a Surly Instigator for MTB, and a Voodoo for commuting.
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    O yeah! I recently tore down my 6&6" bike to build up a steel hardtail. Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by striped monkey View Post
    O yeah! I recently tore down my 6&6" bike to build up a steel hardtail. Love it!
    Me, too. Did the same thing this Spring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    nice looking rig there.
    "Bound to cover just a little more ground"

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    Yes

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    hell yeah, my favorite bike
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    I can't imagine riding a hardtail off road. When my suspension is 10psi to much it rattles my bones. I did like the efficient pedal of the SL 3 I rode around in a parking lot.
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    Just switched from a 26in FS to a 2011 Trek Elite 9.8. I had planned for months on going to a 29er HT but it just simply wasn't as fun to ride as the 26.

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    My budget is keeping me well behind the cutting edge of mtb technology. I had just recently upgraded from a full rigid to a half squshy.

    I got to say, I kinda miss the aluminum fully rigid for all the same reasons you are enjoying your hardtail.

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    Have a Rockhopper Pro and have had full suspension in the past, but my Pro isn't dead at all, far from it infact.
    I was unable to justify lugging around a FS when the trails I ride can be done easily on a hardtail, and I also like to feel what's going on under my rear wheel.
    Hardtail - A bike that is ridden by people who know how to pick lines, rather than plow through stuff.

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    I have two bikes: a geared 26'er hardtail and a 26er rigid SS. Given the type of trails I ride, a full suspension bike just isn't necessary. I've had them in the past but as others have said I like the efficient, fun, and fast feel of a hardtail/rigid bike.

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    No 26er hardtail here. My 2 weapons are a rigid SS 29er an a 5" squishy. I have no desire to go back to a 26" hardtail at all.

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