I come from a BMX racing background and still ride weekly at my two local tracks, racing both the 20" and cruiser classes. While my love for a 20" racer will never die, I find myself rolling on bigger wheels when I hit the local trails or venture out on a section of single track. The problem is, my 24" cruiser is a turd... it's heavy, equipped with cheap, antiquated parts and frankly, I just don't have the desire to put any money into parts on that frame - although I admit it will make a marvellous wall-hanger someday.
So, I guess from the above it is safe to say I would like a different bike for the cruiser class. Bearing in mind I am not competitive in any classes, (mostly on account of my 80 year old smoker's lungs, despite being only 27 years old and a non-smoker) I think a 26" DJ type bike would be fun to race in the cruiser class.
Also, a genre of riding I have always wanted to try - but never have - is 4x. It seems like a natural progression for a BMX/MTB rider to make, and the challenge of it would motivate me to continue training/riding as the doctors and I work towards a treatment or (hopefully someday) a cure for my lungs.
Having said all of the above, I know the MX26 is a great dirt jump bike and can be setup as a single speed with minimal fuss. With a rigid front end and a single speed drivetrain I can't imagine it being any worse than my current 24" cruiser, and in all likeliness it would be more fun. My question mostly pertains to the use of a MX26 for a 4x bike. For 4x I guess I'd run the bike with a 1x9 setup, chain guide and 80-100mm front fork. Considering I already have a lot of the parts needed to build both versions of the bike (SS/Rigid and 1x9/hardtail) floating around in my parts bin, I am tempted to get one.
My questions are specific to the Supercross MX26 because my friend is going to be selling his frame in the near future. I guess he finally realized that bikes take up a lot of space and aren't very useful when they are just sitting around. I can't remember him riding the thing more than a handful of times since he bought it. He has already sold his wheels and fork, but some other bits and pieces are there. I'm not sure how much of it I'd be interested in, as I mostly just want the frame to build up my way(s).
MTBR's thoughts on the MX26 are much appreciated, and for the record I not only searched, I read the results of the search as well.
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