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    Where are the 26 in. hard tail steals?

    I have the parts laying around and figured with the 26in hard tail going the way of the dodo I might try to get a nice frame on the cheap. Something cool and in steel maybe? The Salsa Ala Carte is headed for extinction in 2012 but is still listing at retail online. I'm thinking something along those lines. Where are the steals?
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    have you not considered looking on ebay ?!
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    Sure, ebay. I guess I am asking which frames people are still seeing in circulation more than where to buy. But yeah I am aware of ebay.
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    I'm riding a steel SOMA 4one5, the single speed only predecessor to the Analog. Check them out at soma fabrications.

    Nice riding frame for not too much money. Rode it today and got some good compliments on the trail.

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    I'm not aware the 26 incher is going anywhere anytime soon.

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    The 26 inch hard tails from the big makes are not really in the catalogs this year. Like I said, even Salsa has apparently scrapped the Ala Carte. A lot of the chi chi aftermarket forks for 26 inch bikes are getting some steep (for bike land) discounts.
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    Seems I've been looking at Cannondale and Trek bike catalogs which do feature 26" hardtails. All the Italian, Spanish, British, and even Russian brands still feature/offer 26" hardtails.

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    Look at On-One bikes. They have quite a few 26" steal hardtails - inbred, 454 and summer season depending on what kind of geometry you're looking for - and all are relatively cheap...

    And as the others have said, there are tons of 26" hardtails still being made as well as new ones added to existing lines regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantB View Post
    The 26 inch hard tails from the big makes are not really in the catalogs this year. Like I said, even Salsa has apparently scrapped the Ala Carte. A lot of the chi chi aftermarket forks for 26 inch bikes are getting some steep (for bike land) discounts.
    That's weird because every time I look on chainlove all I see are 29er forks and wheels on huge discounts and a few 26 wheels. Most likely the inventory of 26 hardtails have almost sold out while the 29er market was over saturated compared to the actual demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockafella View Post
    I'm riding a steel SOMA 4one5, the single speed only predecessor to the Analog. Check them out at soma fabrications.

    Nice riding frame for not too much money. Rode it today and got some good compliments on the trail.
    Ditto - Track down a Soma Groove - very nice steel frame. The 4one5 is the SS version of the Groove.

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    Another rec for On-One.

    My girlfriend and I moved from Santa Cruz's (her: Chameleon, me: Blur LT1) to One-One Inbreds and are totally stoked about them.

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    How bout you guys curb your 26 vs 29 arguments and sarcasm. If you dont have anything constructive to say, like perhaps pointing to a solid deal like the OP is asking about, shut the eff up.

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    Kona sells new steel frame-only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow View Post
    How bout you guys curb your 26 vs 29 arguments and sarcasm. If you dont have anything constructive to say, like perhaps pointing to a solid deal like the OP is asking about, shut the eff up.
    Sorry, not seeing where anyone's arguing or being sarcastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Sorry, not seeing where anyone's arguing or being sarcastic?
    Me neither.

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    someone forgot to put the seat on their bike before they went riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by qdawgg View Post
    someone forgot to put the seat on their bike before they went riding
    Hah ha ha ha ha......thanx for the laugh; + rep your way for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    Kona sells new steel frame-only.
    Completely agree with TrailNut, though I don't expect they've made too many; i.e. I wouldn't expect any discounted frames to be floating around out there. Maybe the mini-me size might float up on Ebay at some point.
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    I've got an early 90s GT karakoram K2 steel hardtail that is complete with 3x9 speed that needs a little TLC. I'd be willing to sell the whole bike for cheap. Send me a PM if you're intrested.

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