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    I just sold my 26er HT and am looking for a slacker 26er HT for an all mountain HT bike. I guess if I had twice as much money to spend I might go FS, but I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnide View Post
    I just sold my 26er HT and am looking for a slacker 26er HT for an all mountain HT bike. I guess if I had twice as much money to spend I might go FS, but I don't.
    Try an On-One 456 (in whichever frame material fits your budget/style).

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    Try an On-One 456 (in whichever frame material fits your budget/style).
    Good call. A Summer Season is my top pick!

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    Seeing as I'm into vintage MTB's everything I own is 26" and fully rigid.
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    I actually prefer to ride my old Kona King Kahuna hardtail over my relatively new Trek EX8 FSR.

    I had a 2001 Kona Caldera that I was very happy with, but found that it had suffered a cracked head tube a couple of years ago. Kona couldn't help with a replacement frame, so thought it might be time to "upgrade" into the FSR world. Then, as luck would have it, I scored an ebay win on the titanium King Kahuna frame and swapped the components over from the Caldera. Been using the Kahuna as my primary ride since. I should probably sell the Trek, but it looks purrty in my garage.

    Don't know why, but I'm just not buying into the whole 29er scene, despite the popularity.

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    Still my all time favorite


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    I ride an old (01/02) Trek 4300, so yeah I still ride a hardtail.

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    I've been riding my hard tail exclusively lately and am really enjoying it. I've own so many top brand full suspension bikes but fir what ever reason my ibis tranny floats my boat. Light, nimble an no pedal bob! Plus really fun!

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    I still ride my 26" HT, and i would never buy a 29-ner (HT or FS) because they are all ugly as hell, those big wheels just look ridiculous to me.

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    Being on the vertically challenged side, I test rode a 29er and it just did not feel right to me and handling seemed sluggish. Seems the 29er thing is biased toward the non-vertically challenged. I'll keep my Cannondale hardtail with V-Brakes and my trusty 2007 Specialized Epic with 26" tires!

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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.
    You are not alone. Part of the problem is that manufacturers only put the ugly 26 HT models in the US market so people don't buy them. In other countries they have better color combinations which still makes them appealing. One example is the specialized stumpjumper comp 2011, the 26er color is terrible but the 29er colors are great.

    I ride and race my Orbea Satellite and have a ton of fun with it

    The day you need a 29er FS to make you smile, you lost the passion.
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    John Tomac MTB ride - YouTube

    John Tomac beating a 26er HT, you can handle this bike as it if is an extension of your body.

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    I'm a die hard 26er guy (have ridden 29ers, didn't vibe with them). Currently building an AM hardtail, in the 26" flavor of course.
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    Goodness all those power skids! Would you kick me out if I said I only own 26" and love them but kinda wanna try a rigid fixed gear 29'er?

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    I love both of mine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Goodness all those power skids! Would you kick me out if I said I only own 26" and love them but kinda wanna try a rigid fixed gear 29'er?
    You won't be dissapointed !
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    I just bought another one today, so yes.

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    I only own one bike and it's a 26" hard tail. It's a love/hate relationship. I'm only 5'8 so 26" wheels and a 17" frame feels perfect for me. Although I wouldn't mind picking up a full susp. 26er...

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    Mine!! I love it, but it has taken the back seat since I got my new Enduro a couple months ago.


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    ALWAYS!!! Since this picture I have upgraded the fork to a Fox Talas and the cranks to a set Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech's I had laying around
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    Clearly i must build a 29 SS. Bring on the Salsa El Mariachi.

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    Im still using my KHS hardtail sometimes even i do have a FS stumpy.. could not let her go for some reason....

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    Wanna sell that fork?

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    Coming from a full suspension bike,does anyone have any advice for improving my stability on descents on a hard tail? I feel very twitchy at higher speeds and am constantly hitting the breaks.

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    I am looking for a good used one on CL now...

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    Yeah I'd sell that fork. PM sent Ricky916

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    Rode my 29er today and...

    I am lucky enough to own many bikes which include a 29er full suspension. I have been riding my 26er hard tail the last few weeks exclusively and decided to take out the big wheel bike today. I realized that tire selection can make a huge difference on how any bike rides, regardless of size! My 26er has some very good tires that work well in my area and my 29er not so much! I actually felt less confident on the 29er today! I guess I need to change my tires! I did not feel that it was any less agile, and I did feel less fatigued as it rolls over everything so well. To me, the whole 26 vs 29 thing is very subjective, much like saying one brand of bike or suspension is better than another. I hope 26er hard tails don't become extinct!

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    I ride a 26" HT exclusively. Rode a junker Schwinn for years until the frame was totally shot, then built up an XL Chameleon this spring and couldn't be happier. It's super fast and agile, plus has taken stairs, 1-4ft drops and rough descents repeatedly with no issue. I don't do any massive jumps or drops, so why waste the cash to build an FS up ?

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    old school

    Someone told me that they even have shock absorbers on new bikes! And disk brakes!

    (still riding my Fisher from the 80's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewinters View Post
    Someone told me that they even have shock absorbers on new bikes! And disk brakes!

    (still riding my Fisher from the 80's)


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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Fat Chance Yo Eddie. Steel is real.
    +1. Been using Vicious Cycles fork on mine the past few years. How is do you have it set up?

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    I'd say I do..

    If I didn't like them I wouldn't have put out the cash to get this brand new beauty!
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    Hardtails are the best bikes to practise on. They teach you flow and proper line choice. Anyone fast on a hardtail will be very fast on a full suspension.
    I started on a hardtail. Loved it, although after having 9 inches rear wheel travel I couldnt go back. Not full time anyway.
    I like the idea of building up a hardtail for playing and unleashing my full susser on the serious rides. Hardtails are fun, and always will be.

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    Still liking the HT

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    a classic bike

    perfect for uphill trail and singletrack
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    It may not be the nicest bike but it brings a goofy smile to my face without fail.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post



    is it a 26r hardtrail bike with a ss 29r rigid fork???? IT looks very nice!

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    Loved my Cotic Beefy, unfortunately so did the thieving scrote who nicked it from me.
    Bought a Ragley Piglet as a slightly smaller lighter bike still with confidence inspiring angles... Wass great till it cracked.
    Long story continued! Bought another Beefy and am currently building it up just awaiting a fork (which should be here tomorrow.....

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    I rode a Sette Carbon Fiber 26inch HT and had 6 wins in my catagory(Legends- 50+) this summer in the local Vail, CO series. Its was a climbing machine, but I'm sure I gave up some time in the decents to FS and 29ers,

    It's was fun being old school. 21lbs of old school!

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    Loving it

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    Yes, both of them

    I have two highend 26 inch bikes and see no reason to replace them. I'm thinking of a new 26" FS frame. Works for me.

    If I want big wheels, I have my road bike.

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    Riding dynamics is so different from my single speed 29er;
    I tend to switch riding between the two, just to keeping my riding fresh.
    My 26" hardtail is my choice for riding lately, I feel more connected to the bike and trail than the 29er which at times feels like I riding on it like you would a horse.

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    I have 3 26in MTB's. a '93 Litespeed Obed, an '03 Turner burner FS, and a Jamis xlt 3.0 FS which I'll probably give to my son.

    The Turner is bloody fast and I can't see getting rid of it. bought it off a friend of mine 2 years ago. love it so much I'm going to get it a new paint job.

    The Litespeed is my gravel road bike. still working on cockpit set up and saddle. I've not found a combo that I really like yet.

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    Ohh yeah. I've put many many miles on my '08 santa cruz chameleon. It is by far the most amusing bike I've ridden. Does great at techy climbs, fun to get downhill quickly. Does this whole cornering thing very very well.
    And it still pedals decently well on the road.

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    Hello

    I like it also.......
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    My Gary Fisher Hoo-Koo-E-Koo waits for me at the vacation home in BC.. I miss having it in the garage and having the opportunity to choose it over my FS for a ride. And I'm building up a snow bike in Calgary out of an Aluminum Devinci Cameleon frame... both hardtails. I didn't realize that 29ers were getting so popular, but if they bring more people to the sport than that's great.

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    Confession: I've never ridden a full-suspension bike or a 29er. My first bike was a rigid. My second bike was a hardtail. I don't anticipate getting another bike until I finish grad school.

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    Rediscovering the 26" goodness. The 29ers are a better choice on some trails, while the 26 HT is the go to bike for others. Quivers are for slaying all kinds of beasts.
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    I still like mine!

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    I just got rid of my SS rigid 29''r and am currently building up a 26'' HT. I would go rigid, but my wrists can't handle it. I'll probably end up going SS but for now i'm going to see how the 1x9 works.

    I don't like the 29r at all. I prefer to lean hard into tight turns and I could never get comfy with the bigger wheel. The geo felt all wrong to me. I'm only 5'9'' so that may have something to do with it. I won't be on a 29r anytime soon.

    Also, what are all the "pros" riding these days? 29 or 26?

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    29' looks weird. Don't like it and love my 26'!

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    I have a 29er and a 26er. I ride my 26er for fun and racing and I use my 29er for rides with my 2 year old. The 29er does not handle nearly as well as my 26er. I found that the 29er took so much more work to have fun on. It does not jump nearly as well, it can not handle some of the switchbacks on my local trails. It is not nearly as flickable, and it slows down way to much at the begining of a hill. I know I could ride it more and get use to it, but I can not imagine that it woudl end up being as fun.

    My good riding buddy has made big strides in his riding though when he switched from a 26er to a 29er but he is not as fun loving as I am and rides a lot safer.

    FWIW - I ride single track tight and twisty, rocky and rooty trails. No fire roads for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _oky_ View Post
    is it a 26r hardtrail bike with a ss 29r rigid fork???? IT looks very nice!
    Just noticed this question about my bike...

    It is a Chromag Stylus 26er HT frame, built up singlespeed and with a 465 mm A to C Dirt Jumper fork from Identiti. The fork has less offset than 29er forks which should increase stability. Works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    Rediscovering the 26" goodness. The 29ers are a better choice on some trails, while the 26 HT is the go to bike for others. Quivers are for slaying all kinds of beasts.
    True indeed !! My wife slays me on her 26er hardtail 1 x 9...
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    Love my 6er hard tail

    I have a 2000 (yes it is 11 - well the frame that is) Specialized Hard Rock Comp (before the HR turned into poo). All that is left of the original bike is the frame. EVERYTHING has been upgraded and replaced. I have managed to strip 5.5 - 6 pounds through the upgrades.
    There are 3 things that keep me loving the bike 1) it climbs like a mountain goat 2) tubeless tubeless tubeless 3) it is as light as some $4K bikes!

    It is not the bike as so much as it is the rider!

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    Wink New wheels

    Just bought some carbon havens. Viva la 26er hard tail!

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    Not a hardtail technically

    I will be selling my 29er HT soon, because I had to choose between that and my 2009 Moots YBB 26er. I just didn't jive with the 29er and couldn't imagine not having my trusty 26er anymore. Now the YBBs going to be a 650ber in the front so I guess I will really be a misfit and wont fit in any of these forums. Oh yea, but I still have my 96' GT Outpost, Old Giant Iguana, and Specialized Stumpjumper HT's

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    Do we need to start a 26er hard tail forum? I am wondering how many other riders will follow the same path?

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    Love my first bike, a 2002 Trek 4500. Still ride it weekly.

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    My only bike is an '03 Jamis Dakota XC, 26" steel hardtail. I bought it new and have loved every minute on it. Upgraded to disc brakes and added a Chris King headset in '04, other than that it's all original and still rides great.

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    I was cleaning up my shop space when I realized I had almost everything I needed to assemble another 26" hardtail.

    A half hour later and a sixer of Highland Brewing Oatmeal Porter later, I ended up with this...



    Steel is real I really like these Pauls Chain Keepers for my 1X projects.



    Say what you will, the old 8-speed stuff was pretty much bulletproof. I can't even count how many bikes this XTR rear derailleur has been installed on since it was new.



    Only when I got to the drivetrain did I realize that I only had square taper bottom brackets and no square taper cranks. So I am just waiting for a bottom bracket... and maybe a rigid fork
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    Not that I know any different.....

    But so far loving my 05 specialized hardrock SS.
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    Seeing as how my most recent purchase was a 26" hardtail, I say yup. Actually, the purchase before that was an Unreal Senior hardtail frame for a DJ build I'm doing, and my next bike will most likely be another 26" HT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spadmike View Post
    Do we need to start a 26er hard tail forum? I am wondering how many other riders will follow the same path?
    YES! and call it "26ers still holding on"

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    I still adore my 26" hardtail. I put in about 140 miles per week on that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenowa View Post
    29' looks weird. Don't like it and love my 26'!
    +1

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    use a blkmrkt mob dj set up ss for trails and track still. nothin like pump and line choice on a ht!

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    Love My Hardtail... or the "Tank" Trek 820

    Love my bike over 3000 miles in 2 seasons....takes a beating..can smoke some 2 grand rigs uphill and can crash through concrete barriers because it weighs just as much..LOL...
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    Yup, still like my 26er. I had been considering getting a 29er but now I'm not sure. The last couple of group rides have been me on a 26er and everyone else on 29ers and I've had no issues with keeping up or passing. Maybe I should just upgrade my cheapo wheelset and keep on truckin'.

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    My 11-year-old daughter loves hers. :-)

    This season we moved her from 24" to 26" and me from 26" to 29". We both love how much more easily we can roll over stuff.

    Living in Iowa, I don't see us going FS. Increased cost and mechanical complexity for what benefit? One week a year we vacation in the Breckenridge, CO area, and my husband (also on a 29er hardtail) wishes he had FS for some of those descents, but oh well.

    So count me in the "buy the bike that suits both your riding style and the trails you ride most often" camp.

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    I love the old school beartraps on Luckiraq's Trek. When my M525 pedals broke so many years, I fished the old beartraps from my 1989 Nishiki out of a box, and so began my happy reintroduction to flats. Too bad I killed those pedals in a season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    I was cleaning up my shop space when I realized I had almost everything I needed to assemble another 26" hardtail.

    A half hour later and a sixer of Highland Brewing Oatmeal Porter later, I ended up with this...



    Steel is real I really like these Pauls Chain Keepers for my 1X projects.



    Say what you will, the old 8-speed stuff was pretty much bulletproof. I can't even count how many bikes this XTR rear derailleur has been installed on since it was new.



    Only when I got to the drivetrain did I realize that I only had square taper bottom brackets and no square taper cranks. So I am just waiting for a bottom bracket... and maybe a rigid fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanetti View Post
    Latest build...

    Nice work. Super clean cabling and excellent color scheme, no garish colors or logos on it... that bike looks perfect.

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    I like to think of bikes like skiing... certain trails and conditions call for a certain bike. My 26er hardtail is a valued part of my bike quiver!

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    F#*! all the hype! Just ride da bike. Just will not ride a 29.

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    Now I've gone and done it. I'll be eating crow regarding my earlier comments about not enjoying hardtail 26" bikes and feeling all beat up. Just got a new 26" fully rigid that feels more plush (in the back) than my 29er hardtail. And it is a blast to ride. I love my new Mukluk!

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    still like riding my trek7000 hardtail, in fact i joined here to help get advice on building a steel trek820
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    i have yet to ride anything but a 26er. being new to this I had a chance to pickup either 26 or 29. I went for the classic style to learn on and am looking at a '12 leftover 29er next year. That way I have the ability to select wich weapon I will use. I'm happy with the 26 tho. i like the geometry quite well.

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    I finally bought the rear disc brake adapter and put a set of Hope X2 disc brakes on it this year. I had a front disc (Avid Elixir CR) and rear V-brake setup for a while, but decided on swapping out my old Crossmax for a set of Shimano 775 XTs and went with something new.

    I used to ride this bike with V-brakes everywhere I currently ride my SC Blur, SC Blur LT, and Ibis Mojo SL (Skeggs, Demo, SC, Coe). I still ride it to mix it up and keep my bike skills fresh.

    I rode my GF's old Trek HT in Sedona, Moab, and Fuita earlier this year while she rode my SC Blur LT. No real complaints from me, though Amasaback would have been much more fun with 6" of suspension.

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    Good job!




    & im going to build a single speed 820 steel frame that i got for $20.
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    I have had allmountain 26ers and FS, softtail and fully rigid 29ers, but whatever I buy, after a few months I always seem to get back to that trusty old On-One Inbred 26er.

    I love how it looks, I love how it rides, I love that I know this bike as an old pair of jeans. I love that it is heavy enough to endure mistake after mistake. And when it finally cracks, I love that it is inexpensive, expendable and replaceable and I will probably order a new one the same day.

    Last three years or so I have been riding it fixed and for the last couple of seasons I rarely use any other bikes. Those small wheels are so quick and I enjoy not having a single cable.

    That doesn't stop me from having yet another 29er on order, though...

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    I ride my old Surly 1x1 more than my beloved 29er. But just on the road set up as a commuter. I also have a Big Dummy that I ride with the kids on adventures. But for trail, I will only ride my 29er.

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    I haven't had the chance to try a 29er yet

    I just recently bought 2 26ers because I feel that my type of riding and trails do not require a 29er. Maybe that will change in the future, but, as for now, I'm quite satisfied with 6ers.

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    Love mine. Perfect for my riding style. Fast, light, and agile.

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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.
    Yes, really like my Kona steel HT. Got rear disk tab welded on and roll on UST rim and tire system.

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    Still riding my early 90s GT Avalanche, I'm thinking of getting a new bike but I'm still having fun on this one!
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    Fast, agile, responsive, and tons of fun! I just got a new one in fact. Great for tearing up technical trails and I can still use it to commute to work here and there. Would want to commute on a FS.


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    I am 5'6 and I don't think a 29er is in it for me. I see kids riding them and do not get it they seem to be.... well anybody is better biker than me, 26 or 29. Just 26 seems to offer me something I can control ! I do like Bar ends, going to get me some for my 26, I like just being able to change positions and hold em crankin' up hill.
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    I love mine. Though i have never been on a full suspension or a 29er so what the hell do i know?

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    Yep, I got a Scott Scale with code brakes thats awesome on the tight twisty single track - love it.

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    Yep I've got a 26" Scott Scale with code brakes. It's awesome on the tight twisty tracks, so different to my 29er. I love both, they suit different tracks.
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    I have my old(haha) 2005 Trek 6500 still. I rode this baby a lot when I first bought it in Virginia, but when I finally returned to the West it didn't get much attention. I've been saying I'm going to sell it for a while and finally got it cleaned up and posted an ad on CL. First night guy came with his son-in-law and wanted it, but the stand over was about an inch too tall. This thing is in clean and in great shape! Still for sale and someone wants to see it this weekend, I think; The email exchange has been suspicious, so this may be a scammer. I just bought a new Fox 32 120 for my woman's Fuel Ex and trying to figure out what to do with the RockShox Recon Silver TK. Now I kind of hope it doesn't sell, cause if I can put spacers or a different coil it that fork, the 6500 is going to have a "rebirth." I have so many good quality Sram X.0, X.7, X.5 components and Avid Juicy 3 brake sets in the garage closet that I can build this to something I'd like to ride! Though the original Shimano 8 spd shifting still works so smoothly; I just don't like shifting with my index finger. I still love the look of this frame.

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    Carbon hardtail it is!

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    This was mine up until this past week. I dont have the money for several nice mtn bikes... so this was parted out for my 2011 Trance X3. Im sure i will miss it after the "new bike" phase wears off.


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    I saw a couple comments that I was sorely tempted to jump on (really,they were just dumb on so many levels...I mean really,have either of the two that's been building "customs" for a combined 50+ years really ridden "everything else out there" to know if your old bikes-which are sweet,BTW-ride better than? And you do know the difference between "custom build kits" and "customs",right? ),but this is an awesome thread,methinks.

    Yes,we DO need a 26"er HT forum,or at least a 26"er forum (we have one for 29"ers and 650B\96"ers,etc,why not 26"ers?),it'd be cool,so that's a + ever-how-many

    That said,if you check my sig,all I ride are big wheels now-a-days,but that isn't all I own (well,they're the only "complete" mtn bikes,but I digress...),I still have-and will never sell-my 2000 Trek 6000,and will be rebuilding\outting it back together next year. Also,I really do miss my old 2002 Redline Monocog,always wanted to build a Surly 1x1,etc,etc. The 26"er HT will never die,nor should it,they're too fun,and on the right trail,too perfectly suited.
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    Give me 26 or give me death

    Rode a 29er for 3 years. Not for me. Here is a few pic's of my non up to date won't roll over anything retro bikes.
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    I love mine so much I have one in Canada and one in Korea!!

    The one in Korea:



    When I go back to Canada I'm going to upgrade (but still keep my hardtail) with another hard tail 26-er

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    Hardtail will always be deep in my blood.

    Then you should get a softer seat...

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    I bought my first mtn bike in 2006, a $450 Gary Fisher Advance with 26" wheels. Last month I "upgraded" to a Trek Ful EX 7 in, you guessed it... 26"

    I rode a few 29's before I bought, but they were not for me. The 26" tires seem to fit me better! They feel quicker and more agile...

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    actually not that many people round me have high end bikes. Theres still alot of 26 hardtail v brakes on the dirt here.
    Ive only ever even seen one 29er

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    hi yall, this is my first post, I wasnt sure if i would get into mtbing about 6 months ago. I got a GT Timberline from good will for 40 bucks. From what I've read I've gone the usual route and spend over 500 upgrading this little find. Long story short, Im really into it now and Im either thinking about getting a new frame and swaping the parts onto a new frame, or getting a new new bike. However, I am on a tight budget, any advice and/or "constructive criticism" would be appreciated. I was thinking an access xcl or sette rekken frame. Current set up is GT timberline, Rockshox Dart 3, new BB, Cane creek S2, race face handle bars, speaclized 100 stem, shimano xt/rhyno lite wheels, shimao stx shifters and deraliuers, wtb speed v saddle. Soon after I got it I striped the frame and painted it, however, that paint isnt holding upmadman:< so I am gonna need to powdercoat it.
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    I really like my 26' hardtail. I think my bike is lighter and more maneuverable than 29-er, so it's better for twisting, difficult trails. My 26-er has one more adventage for me - it doesn't take a lot of place in my small flat . Moreover 29-ers aren't so popular in Poland still so it's easier to buy 26-er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanb561 View Post
    hi yall, this is my first post, I wasnt sure if i would get into mtbing about 6 months ago. I got a GT Timberline from good will for 40 bucks. From what I've read I've gone the usual route and spend over 500 upgrading this little find. Long story short, Im really into it now and Im either thinking about getting a new frame and swaping the parts onto a new frame, or getting a new new bike. However, I am on a tight budget, any advice and/or "constructive criticism" would be appreciated. I was thinking an access xcl or sette rekken frame. Current set up is GT timberline, Rockshox Dart 3, new BB, Cane creek S2, race face handle bars, speaclized 100 stem, shimano xt/rhyno lite wheels, shimao stx shifters and deraliuers, wtb speed v saddle. Soon after I got it I striped the frame and painted it, however, that paint isnt holding upmadman:< so I am gonna need to powdercoat it.
    you could upgrade it I suppose if you really are attached to that frame. However, it would be cheaper to buy another bike. You could spend that $500 on a bike off Craigslist and get something pretty sweet thats a few years old.
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    Here's my $0.02 - I have a FS that is loads if fun on the chunky stuff but when it comes to all out speed, a hardtail is better. SO...what do you choose a 29er or 26? Seems these days it comes down to what you can afford - 29ers are "in" right now so the frames and all components seem to cost more. Most of us have to choose a bike that can handle all trails, thus my dilemma.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    I have my old(haha) 2005 Trek 6500 still. I rode this baby a lot when I first bought it in Virginia, but when I finally returned to the West it didn't get much attention. I've been saying I'm going to sell it for a while and finally got it cleaned up and posted an ad on CL. First night guy came with his son-in-law and wanted it, but the stand over was about an inch too tall. This thing is in clean and in great shape! Still for sale and someone wants to see it this weekend, I think; The email exchange has been suspicious, so this may be a scammer. I just bought a new Fox 32 120 for my woman's Fuel Ex and trying to figure out what to do with the RockShox Recon Silver TK. Now I kind of hope it doesn't sell, cause if I can put spacers or a different coil it that fork, the 6500 is going to have a "rebirth." I have so many good quality Sram X.0, X.7, X.5 components and Avid Juicy 3 brake sets in the garage closet that I can build this to something I'd like to ride! Though the original Shimano 8 spd shifting still works so smoothly; I just don't like shifting with my index finger. I still love the look of this frame.

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    Guess I don't have to deal with using all my spare parts for upgrading it; Sold it for 300 bones today. Oh well, I never would have rode it out here on my rocky AZ trails.

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    One more 26" HT rider here (2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp).
    Starting from the esthetic point of view, I won't even consider a 29'er, even though i need a fairly large frame size (which balances out the huge wheels, more or less).
    That might be a bit short-sighted, but still, there's some things in the 26" HT range that i would like to try before i shove a 29'er under my butt.
    Mostly steel and titanium frames, that is, i'm not too fond of carbon frames. I want a mountainbike to be able to take some abuse, weight is of less importance to me.

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    I ride a hardtail for city riding and always ride the FS offroad. Cant ever seeing going back to a hardtail for offroad. I am thinking about replacing the hardtail for a 29er though, just incase I want to ride offroad.
    Riding F/S since oct 94'

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperNewb View Post
    I ride a hardtail for city riding and always ride the FS offroad. Cant ever seeing going back to a hardtail for offroad. I am thinking about replacing the hardtail for a 29er though, just incase I want to ride offroad.
    having one of each setup for offroad > choosing between the two

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    Im i guess what you would call a "newbie".But i have ridden my brothers Eastern Slash FS on a few trails and definitely would prefer to ride my DB Response 26" Hardtail.Its just a better feeling.

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    Love my 26" wheeled HT. I can't stand the way 29er's ride.

    If I wanted a Cadillac, I'd buy a f***n' Cadillac, not a mtn bike!

    I'll never own a 29er. I feel they're a cheap cop-out on the trails, and feel noodley.

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    I do! I like having options in the stable for different trails, weather conditions, and mood. My yo eddy just got a new wheelset and it feels awesome!


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    All I've ever ridden for mountain biking is 26" hardtails and I don't plan on changing that anytime soon. I'd like to get a fs at some point but right now I'm having fun with what I have.
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    Who needs stinking suspension...


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    I hated on my 26" rigid SS for 2 hours yesterday. Hammered it, yanked it, torqued it, stomped on it, pulled on it, jumped on it. Loved every minute.

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    still going...
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    is that an Ellsworth sub22?
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by seanb561 View Post
    hi yall, this is my first post, I wasnt sure if i would get into mtbing about 6 months ago. I got a GT Timberline from good will for 40 bucks. From what I've read I've gone the usual route and spend over 500 upgrading this little find. Long story short, Im really into it now and Im either thinking about getting a new frame and swaping the parts onto a new frame, or getting a new new bike. However, I am on a tight budget, any advice and/or "constructive criticism" would be appreciated. I was thinking an access xcl or sette rekken frame. Current set up is GT timberline, Rockshox Dart 3, new BB, Cane creek S2, race face handle bars, speaclized 100 stem, shimano xt/rhyno lite wheels, shimao stx shifters and deraliuers, wtb speed v saddle. Soon after I got it I striped the frame and painted it, however, that paint isnt holding upmadman:< so I am gonna need to powdercoat it.
    Nice man! you got bitten by the mtn bug. I think you should ride more with the bike that you have, im riding a 2007 hardrock sport that ive upgraded piece by piece as parts failed. Im on a tight budget also and this is what has worked for me.

    I wouldn't swap parts to a new frame if I was you, I would just buy a new bike when time comes. This is what I would do as it would be REALLY NICE to have a back up bike when my bike is unridable. If you powdercoat it why replace it then... na mean?
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    yes,I still like it.

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    Nice man! you got bitten by the mtn bug. I think you should ride more with the bike that you have, im riding a 2007 hardrock sport that ive upgraded piece by piece as parts failed. Im on a tight budget also and this is what has worked for me.

    I wouldn't swap parts to a new frame if I was you, I would just buy a new bike when time comes. This is what I would do as it would be REALLY NICE to have a back up bike when my bike is unridable. If you powdercoat it why replace it then... na mean?
    nah i gotchya, but i'm thinkin this frame is a little to small for me, I always finding myself pushing my as farther back on the saddle to get a better position, more low down than sitting up right. and if the cost for a powder coat and new frame are about the same, Dont see why I wouldnt try a fame, especially with the return policies from price point and performance bike. Also saw some Giant Talon 3 frames on ebay for the mid 100's, dont know if those are legit though. btw, hazmazk, thats a nice lookin hardrock. (on a side note one of the best upgrades ive made is the ODI Roughe lock on grips, they are just awesome)

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    I will stick to 26" HT, it's what I cut my teeth on. I have rode ALOT of new bikes,
    they just don't do it for me. Of all the bikes I have had, this one is going to stay
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiJohn View Post

    Flip yeah.
    Words can not express the awesome. I'd shred with it!
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    I use mine as a grocery getter, am hoping someone steals it. I could use the space in the garage.
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    Still love mine, especially with the new fork, need to get a few more things, then possibly buy a fs am frame..maybe or a ebay carbon frame.

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    I have two Fully's

    One 5" and one 7". Love 'em both. Ride 'em as much as I can.

    But there's still some days only the old, brutally stiff aluminum 26er feels right--even on rocky, technical trails.

    Besides, the fullys allow me to get sloppy; after hitting some techy stuff and refining my skills on the old 26 HT, I find I can ride the hell outa' those trails on the fullys
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    I like the 26" Hardtails still

    I picked up a Motobecane Fantom Comp HT a few weeks ago to get back into trail/xc riding. It was the most like what I was used to riding in college about 20 years ago.I have enjoyed riding it and my back has yet to have any problems so far. I plan to ride the hell out of this one and if I prove to myself that I will commit to MB riding again then I will start looking at some of the options that are out there later to see if the 26" HT is the best long term solution.
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    I still like my hardtail, its reliable and super fun to pump every little bump. Besides I am too poor to buy a nice full suspension.

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    I only have one bike, a 2010 Cannondale Flash F1 alloy with 26" wheels. Where I live and ride in Eastern Iowa this is a good bike. There are some technical trails, with roots, a few small drops, and lots of tight switches and short steep hills. A 26" hardtail matches the trails pretty well.

    The trails are technical, but no where near as rough as you would see in the east or west. Riding a 29er or full suspension bike would make my trails too easy, and take all of the fun out of it. Who wants to be able to easily clean every section each time? I like to have to manual, lunge, hop, trackstand, etc, to get through the trail. I have practiced these for years so might as well use them.


    Looking at the latest bike offerings from Cannondale, Spec, Trek, etc you do not see many high end 26" hardtails. It looks like custom frames are in my future.

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    I love my giant revel 2, though I am quite jealous of my brother's scott scale 29er comp

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    i just bought a GF 29er, and most would say my old 26er is obsolete. I get offers all the time to sell the thing, but i refuse to. getting another trail bike gave me an excuse to re-upgrade my 26er into my permanent commuter bike. i wish i would have done it earlier. slicks on a mtb are sweet! Still ride the thing daily. I have been through hell and back on that bike, and i don't think we are done yet.

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    26'ers are here to stay

    I have my 2009 Trek 6000 as my daily commuter,
    and as backup / change from my 2009 Pivot Mach 5 and
    neither one is going anywhere anytime in the foreseeable future.
    I have ridden a Mach 429 29"er and had no love.
    But i would gladly trade in the Mach 5 for some Fire-bird action.
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    Yes, love my 1999 Litespeed Obed. Not one original component on it except for the frame....BUT, I just bought a 2012 Lynskey Ridgeline 29er. I'm 6'-2", I was getting 29er wheel envy...

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    I love my 2004 hardrock. Very entertaining on singletrack. I'm a poor college student so I haven't felt the need to buy a FS bike yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elj164 View Post
    i just bought a GF 29er, and most would say my old 26er is obsolete. I get offers all the time to sell the thing, but i refuse to. getting another trail bike gave me an excuse to re-upgrade my 26er into my permanent commuter bike. i wish i would have done it earlier. slicks on a mtb are sweet! Still ride the thing daily. I have been through hell and back on that bike, and i don't think we are done yet.
    Werd. I now have snow-tires on my Trek 800, haha. But slicks are fun on an mtb on pavement! Ever had one foot down on a commuter with a back rack, horn and panniers in a corner? People give you the funniest looks! I love it!
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    Love my 98' GF hookoo, It has put a [email protected] a$$ grin on my face every time I throw my leg over it. Has been my only ride for the past 13 yrs. and I don't plan on changing it anytime soon.

    I say ride what you want and have fun, but I will stick with this. Thank you very much.
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    2001 Jamis Dragon with Fox, XTR. On the rough trails, it's hard to enjoy. On those I use 29er full suspension. But just commuting and messing around, it is almost more fun than real riding. Almost.

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    I'm old school, I grew up riding 26" hardtails and after years of hiatus when I finally got back into biking that's all that I'm riding. I finished my carbon hard tail build last weekend and that bike is definitely going to see years of use.

    I wasn't very impressed by 29er's and when I finally get a FS it's going to be a DH rig.

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    My first proper mountain bike, a 2001 Trek 6700. Bought/inherited through family and friends. Under 20 pounds? No. Kashima coating? No. Disc brakes? No. But thats all ok. It climbs like a chairlift, and descends as well as you can. Mostly stock except for pedals, rear derailleur, and water cage. Yeah, an it works. Will I ever upgrade to a FS? Definitely. As with most of us, however, we will all remember our first proper mountain bike, a 26er hardtail. Long live 26ers!!

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    So far so good



    Just threw this together about a week ago and love it so far.

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    how she sits as of now,
    bunch of new parts coming in in the next few weeks hopefully.
    put a bronson 2.1 up front and a conti gravity pro 2.3 in the rear, shorter stem.
    new rotors, wellgo b132 pedals next.

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    Love my 26" hardtail. Can't see me ever getting a 29'er, emperors new clothes......

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    I love mine!

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    Love my 26er, put flats on and use it for a utility mtb since I got my 29" xc...

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    man, I want one of those tomacs, those are so cool.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    For all the talk of how much better 29ers roll over stuff I have to say I was stopping and waiting for my 29er riding buddy on a recent excursion that was full of rock gardens. Literally I'd ride two minutes downhill then pull over and stop for a good half a minute. In the meantime I was really booking, and turning every other rock into a launch pad.

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    My rigid 26" bike makes for a good commuter, and a passable bad weather MTB.
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    This is my ride Bought it like this, exept I have a flat bar with 5 degree backsweep now.
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    I love my 26'' hardtail, it's my only bike!!


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    Just built this up last week..


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    Dinosaurs

    Hey all you 26er hardtail lovers. Enjoy them while you can. They are going the way of the 8 track player. 29ers (especially hardtails) are worlds better than those little wheels.

    Well, that's my opinion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlP View Post
    Hey all you 26er hardtail lovers. Enjoy them while you can. They are going the way of the 8 track player. 29ers (especially hardtails) are worlds better than those little wheels.

    Well, that's my opinion!
    Thanks. Next thing we know is bar ends are gone and riser bars are all the rage. Or is it back to flat bars? Or steel framed rigids?

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    this isnt my bike, but i borrow it alot. its steel and pretty damn light. climbs beautifully, but the only issue is, i was coming from a bigger travel full suspension, so when i jumped on this little guy, i forgot how to ride it, and i was riding it like I was stilll on my FS. In the end, i bent the derailuer and nearly died plowing down a rocky hill. it takes time getting used to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abecallejo View Post
    I love my 26'' hardtail, it's my only bike!!

    Nice looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlP View Post
    Hey all you 26er hardtail lovers. Enjoy them while you can. They are going the way of the 8 track player. 29ers (especially hardtails) are worlds better than those little wheels.

    Well, that's my opinion!
    cool story bro.


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    that scares me. i'm little, and every 29er i've looked at has way too long of a top tube, even in size small. they hate short people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlP View Post
    Hey all you 26er hardtail lovers. Enjoy them while you can. They are going the way of the 8 track player. 29ers (especially hardtails) are worlds better than those little wheels.

    Well, that's my opinion!
    And remember, opinions are like a**holes, 26" wheels will be around longer than your
    opinion. I do still enjoy my flatbars and 80mm Zoke from 2000. 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".

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    I like it better then my 29er HT. Below is a pic of my GF's bike but we used to have the same rides.

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    When I want to get that "one-with-the-trail" feel I leave the 29er hardatil at home and load up the Bontrager OR. For me a rigid 26er is what I started riding on back in the mid 80's and its still the best bike to bring a smile to my face.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jocke.n View Post
    This is my ride Bought it like this, exept I have a flat bar with 5 degree backsweep now.
    Fantastic bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomactypeX View Post
    Nice looking bike!
    thanks, i'm glad you like it
    it's has an ultralight 2005 Orbea Lanza frame, Marzocchi fork, Avid V-brakes and the rest are Shimano XT

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    Quote Originally Posted by abecallejo View Post
    thanks, i'm glad you like it
    it's has an ultralight 2005 Orbea Lanza frame, Marzocchi fork, Avid V-brakes and the rest are Shimano XT
    I hate to admit this, but I miss v-brakes. Stuff gets to where you need so many specialized tools to fix on the trail now. Orbea makes a great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keke View Post
    Fantastic bike!

    @ Call_me_Tom: Cool stand
    HAHAHA...! Besides MTB'n shooting is my other hobby. I was cleaning my weapons alongside cleaning the bikes. If I hadn't cropped the pic you'd have seen my other toys.

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    Still happy with my Specialized Rockhopper, caliper brakes and all. Of course I have never been on a 29er.

    What's not to like when it gets you here.



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    Yep, quite a bit.




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    I will always have a 26er hardtail in my quiver. If I should ever (god forbid) have to make due with a single bike it'd be a hard choice between my 456 or my all-mountain FS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Yep, quite a bit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    What frame is that?
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    Interesting thread...

    I have owned 6 steel 26er ht's, 1 steel 26er softail, 3 steel 29er ht's (geared, ss and ss rigid) and 1 ti 29er ss ht. Tried my first 29er in 2005 and never looked back. I am 6ft 2in 245lbs (not fat either) and the 29er just fits my frame much, much better.
    Always loved riding my 26ers though, they taught me how to ride . No interest in fs 26er or 29er. That being said, a Specialized 29 fs Epic is kicking all @sses in World cup xc racing.
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    Love my 26 inch Rockhopper.

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    ive converted. 26 is dead to me...29'er all the way.

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    I don't ride my 26" HT on the same trails I ride the FS, but it's always my ride for recovery rides along bike and gravel paths. It's a 2005 Trek 4300 I found on Craigslist in bad shape for next to nothing.

    With every upgraded component it gets sweeter and sweeter. This week's upgrade: replacing the cantilever brakes & shifters with hydro disc brakes and new shifters. An air fork is on the radar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary H View Post
    Who needs stinking suspension...

    love the VOODOO

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    I am sure just about everybody starts off with a 26 inch hard tail. I would never get rid of mine.

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    I sold mine. But i had more fun on my 26in Trek than any of my 29ers.

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    Yep sure do

    thanx all you cool aid drinkers who're selling your 26ers CHEAP, here's my latest build. Made a stupid low late night drunk bid on the frame on fleabay and won it. Once I got it I realized I had most everything I need to build it up in my garage, so $200 all up. Gotta say I was an early adopter of FS, like '95 early. I found that I'm going WAY to fast on my FS, so to slow it down and still keep it exiting I've pretty much switched to hardtails.
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    Love mine.
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    I'm about to love my old Homegrown a whole lot more for awhile. I'm in the process of building a new Tracer and will be selling my old one shortly so I can afford the new ride. Gonna get some quality rigid SS riding in until the new ride is done.

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    That Karakaram is awesome. I love that color.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Luv Luv Luv it!!!

    Will always have a 26er ht in the fleet for sure!
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    Man, I love going fully rigid. Granted I have never owned a FS, but I love the challenge and the thrill it gives me. Maybe I'm just an addict for the brutal treatment of the bumpy ride, but man oh man it's great fun!

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    Gunnar. Gunnar. Gunnar.

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