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    ^^^Very nice^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Ohh that is a good looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle201 View Post
    luvs me custom hardtail
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    misterdangerpants' bike is slick as hell.

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    Lovin' slack hardtails

    There are lots of new 26er hardtails out there, I just find they don't get represented by bike mags etc. Britain seems to be all over aggressive slack hardtails. I ordered this one from the UK (need to update with new pics) and built it up with the bits from my stumpy fsr. Got so sick of bob, and after I spent a month on my 29er hardtail SS, I realized I just didn't need all the headaches that came with suspension. Also realized I like the smaller wheels better for my trails which have small steep climbs and lots of tight switchbacks. This bikes a blast.
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    ^ So badass!

    I want me a slack hardtail so bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    I love my hardtail. It's my backup bike and every time I ride it I think it makes me a better rider.

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    I have updated it quit a bit since I first bought it. But it is still my daily rider. I just love the feel of steel. Nice ride
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    How can you not love this little beast?


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    Syl3, that bike just looks fast. Nice looking 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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Flagg View Post
    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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    I see no reason to ride anything but a 26 HT. FS or 29 doesn't interest me.
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    I'll be rocking a 26inch for as long as they are available. Not a fan of the 29er fad. I do not feel good riding them at all.
    I have selected some of the comments with which I am in harmony.
    In good stores I do not see 26 high-level for years, but as I wrote I do not remember where I do not think that the 26 are to be thrown away and 29 are perfect everywhere.
    Certainly are perfect for improving corporate earnings.
    I personally have always thought that a 26 has its limits when the path is smooth and I always kept in the house a CX bike.
    Here is my beloved 26, this bike has already visited many countries and others will be visited in future!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimphatty View Post
    ^ So badass!

    I want me a slack hardtail so bad.
    Do it. Fun and pretty worry free.

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    retro hardtail?

    Just found this in a thrift shop in Palm Desert.

    '96 Scott Racing CST

    Now if I can just successfully rebuild the elastomer forks....

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    Oh, yea. I like my HT's more every day whether they be in their geared mode, singlespeed or as fixed gear. Last time I rode one would be today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewinters View Post
    Just found this in a thrift shop in Palm Desert.

    '96 Scott Racing CST

    Now if I can just successfully rebuild the elastomer forks....


    That's funny. Just found my old Quadra 21r at my parents house. Elastomers are blown and it's locked compressed. Was hoping to fix it and go retro with my old Voodoo frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuner View Post
    That's funny. Just found my old Quadra 21r at my parents house. Elastomers are blown and it's locked compressed. Was hoping to fix it and go retro with my old Voodoo frame.
    Suspension Fork Parts eStore - Rock Shox Quadra 21R Elastomer Refresh Kit 95-96 - (Powered by CubeCart)

    I've dumped a bunch of oil into mine to soak and dissolve the crude and pieces of elastomer...I'm just hoping I don't spend more money on it than a new fork!

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    29" inch bikes here are still a minority. Most people I know have at least one 26" bike.

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    My 26" mtbs will be in the fleet indefinitely, as is my 27" vintage cruiser. If I go to 29" or 650B, it would be in addition to, but 26" has never been a limitation to me.
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    I got a 2012 Trek 4300 26''...I just bought it last summer and having a blast on it!
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    I love 26er hardtails more than anything, but after riding with a couple guys last week that had 29ers with a lot more travel up front than me I realized first hand how much better they roll over roots and such. On many sections, I had to pedal moderately hard while they could coast, as I was trying to make up for lost momentum over the irregulaties. For the next 48 hours my entire UPPER body was in pain from the jolting and death grip required to try and keep up

    That being said, on most of the trails I have ridden here 26 and rigid is totally sufficient. I will probably look into converting one of my 26ers into a 650b with a more modern fork though

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    I still love to ride my 08/09 Trek 6 series HT. I have upgraded everything but the front shock. I'm a Clyde so therefore I was breaking everything. I would love to try a FS bike someday if I lose weight, just to see what it's all about
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    I have a '98 DeKerf, steel hardtail with 26" tires obviously, but it has become a back-up around the yard bike since getting a 29er Kona. Might bust it out tomorrow though to battle the road salt.

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    The last three bikes I purchased were 26" FS (2 older FSR and a brand new Superlight), but I still enjoy riding my Airborne HT the most.

    Back when it was still stock.

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    My only current bike. 2005 custom HT with a cheap aluminum frame but XT drivetrain, Marzocchi bomber shock, BB7s, and Easton wheels. I'm looking to build FS 26" bike this year but, until then, this HT is my baby.

    It's funny...when i was young and broke, I thought mountain biking was more about the bike. Lighter parts, CNC-machined this and titanium that. The only thing holding me back was the cost. Now that I'm (much) older and money isn't an issue, I finally realized that it's all about the rider.


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    Yes

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    why wouldn't I?
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    I rode my 1997 Blizzard today for 2 hours. 8 speed, v-brakes, bar ends, tubes in tires, rigid steel fork.... awesome. Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    I rode my 1997 Blizzard today for 2 hours. 8 speed, v-brakes, bar ends, tubes in tires, rigid steel fork.... awesome. Love it.
    Lucky guy!!!!

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    i really like my old 26er hardtail and both my fs bikes. i'm not into the other wheel sizes, nothing personal just not for me. i think that down the road i will get a chromag kamui or sakura. oh and by the way i quite enjoy my road bikes too..

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    Sorry, had to upload a new pic.

    Hardtails just look so rad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wathmas View Post
    i really like my old 26er hardtail and both my fs bikes. i'm not into the other wheel sizes, nothing personal just not for me. i think that down the road i will get a chromag kamui or sakura. oh and by the way i quite enjoy my road bikes too..
    I'd love a Chromag, or a Titanium long travel frame. Those kinda frames last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    Hardtails just look so rad.
    that's a sharp looking bike,don't see many on one bikes around here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    I'd love a Chromag, or a Titanium long travel frame. Those kinda frames last forever.
    the chromag stuff looks bombproof and their components are as good as anything out there.
    i know a guy who dumped is 6inch fs bike for a samurai ,just an awesome bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wathmas View Post
    that's a sharp looking bike,don't see many on one bikes around here..
    Rides fun too, and didn't cost too much much. Frame finish is impressive, but there are so many good reviews on the 456 (old & new) I'm sure it'll hold up to whatever I throw at it. I build it more as a test run to see if I really wanted to drop serious coin on a hardtail. Can't really afford multiple bikes so want one decent do it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    Rides fun too, and didn't cost too much much. Frame finish is impressive, but there are so many good reviews on the 456 (old & new) I'm sure it'll hold up to whatever I throw at it. I build it more as a test run to see if I really wanted to drop serious coin on a hardtail. Can't really afford multiple bikes so want one decent do it all.
    Let me correct my typo. The frame finish ISN'T impressive. Needed lots of prep to get stuff installed, plus the dropouts were kinda bent during shipping, which cost like 40 bucks. They gave me a credit, but would rather have just not needed the work done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    [snip] The frame finish ISN'T impressive. Needed lots of prep to get stuff installed... [/snip]
    Such as? Facing and chasing? How were the bb threads?

    I ask because I'm think of ordering an inbred...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiffany's pigeons View Post
    Such as? Facing and chasing? How were the bb threads?

    I ask because I'm think of ordering an inbred...
    Yeah, lots of facing etc. The chainguide tabs were crooked too, and the dropouts on the drive side bent. The frame seems kinda slapped together, but once you're riding it it feels good. My friend has the carbon 456 and it has been problem free. This is what you get for a frame that retails for like 350. Anything comparable is like 700 plus, so I'm alright with what I have. It's fun to ride, and decends with a lot of confidence. Would love to have a bike with the same geo but made of better steel or Ti. On-One do a ti version, but I would only buy ti from a more reputable source, just cause it's so pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    Yeah, lots of facing etc. The chainguide tabs were crooked too, and the dropouts on the drive side bent. The frame seems kinda slapped together, but once you're riding it it feels good. My friend has the carbon 456 and it has been problem free. This is what you get for a frame that retails for like 350. Anything comparable is like 700 plus, so I'm alright with what I have. It's fun to ride, and decends with a lot of confidence. Would love to have a bike with the same geo but made of better steel or Ti. On-One do a ti version, but I would only buy ti from a more reputable source, just cause it's so pricey.

    Cool. Facing I don't mind since I have the tools. I don't however have the taps to chase bb threads. My main reason for thinking of ordering one was to have a place to hang all my spares on. I figure the frames are cheap enough and it's better than having another box of junk laying around lol.

    If you're looking for a similar frame but with better quality, I'll be posting up the bike I just built up. Just waiting on the UPS dude to show up with the last bits...

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    I miss having a 26" hardtail, and it will be my next addition to the quiver. It's the one bike that just doesn't age. You can forever chase the latest suspension design that does everything your current bike does and more, but a 26" hardtail will always be relevant. At least, I think it will.

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    I ride a 26" hardtail with V-brakes... I am quite happy with it. I can race it, commute on it, trail ride it and run it up and down nasty tech stuff. It is my "All Mountain" bike and takes me any where I want to ride.
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    I do!

    I headed to Antigua Guatemala this past weekend for a wedding of friend from college. It was a 3 day trip so I loaded my ol' 26 rockhopper to the back of my truck just in case.

    I was glad I took it with me. I met a gringo expat on saturday morning who hooked me up for a ride with his tour company. I enjoyed some awesome vistas, nice climbs and some good, fun, flowy singletrack through the mountain slopes. I had tons of fun riding my 26er even though Im pretty sure my el mariachi 29 would have felt smoother on the cobble stone streets of Antigua.

    I will always keep enjoying my 26ers
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    this is my first post on here, sittin up late at night. (Is there a place on here to post an introduction?)

    Thumbing through this thread. Nice to see there are people that still love the 26" wheel on a hardtail. I just finished my 2nd 26 inch hardtail build and Im in love. Trying to post pics but I dont have enough posts, but Ill keep working at that.

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    Still love all 3 of mine...the 4th is a 29er
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    I do! My old specialized has never failed me shes one i can always count on to get me home.

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    IMHO...

    The bike industry as a whole is a finicky thing - always looking for the next latest and greatest. Not a bad a thing mind you, how else would we have had the opportunity to fall in love in with things like carbon fiber and suspension technology. That said, I don't think that the 26" hardtail will ever go away. There will always be riders like me who appreciate the artistry is takes to build a great frame, and the technique and skill it takes to ride one past your buddies uphill AND downhill on their full suspension bikes.

    Though I own and ride multiple styles of bikes, the ones that continually challenge me and consistently bring a smile to my face are the tried and true hardtail with 26" wheels. In fact, I love'em so much that I just built up the new one pictured below, and I have another in the works. The next one though will be fully rigid so stay tuned

    Kinesis Virsa Decade... The build quality on the frame is pretty decent, though not as nice as my Indy Fab. For me, the main the attraction to the frame are the dropouts. You can change them out to a slotted version for single speeding. I also love the fact the frame's built with Tange Prestige. I haven't had a Prestige frame since my old and dead Ibis Mojo and I'm looking forward to a back to back comparison with the 853 of the Indy. The 44mm headtube is also a nice touch. Anyways...










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    the "loaded" stuff looks sick on there!

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    That Kinesis is a beautiful bike.

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    Can anyone recommend me an aggressive DH/FR hardtail? I ride a DH bike so something with that same feel/geometry would be nice. I will be buying used. I don't care about weight or brands but all I ask is that is is capable of uphills and abuse. I'm looking to spend around $500 u.s. dollars. Looking for a size XL or L bike. Thanks!
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    All I've ever ridden.

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    I tried to win a 07 stumpjumper ht with all xt/lx components and a fox rl fork last night. I lost by 6 bucks! winning bid was $381
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    I started out on a 29er but since then I bought an old (almost 25 years old) Giant to tinker with. I got it where it can ridden now and may take it out on a the trail for a short solo day soon. But I am thinking about slapping road tires on it and using it for events in Down Town Asheville where if it gets stolen it wouldn't be a big deal.

    I will say this though. The bike feels small compared to my 29er even though I think the frame is an inch bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I started out on a 29er but since then I bought an old (almost 25 years old) Giant to tinker with. I got it where it can ridden now and may take it out on a the trail for a short solo day soon. But I am thinking about slapping road tires on it and using it for events in Down Town Asheville where if it gets stolen it wouldn't be a big deal.

    I will say this though. The bike feels small compared to my 29er even though I think the frame is an inch bigger.
    I'm a hour south of Asheville in the Greenville area.

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    Only way to go, but i actually just made my RM Vertex into a full rigid just to see how it road, prolly gonna akeep it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lamar83 View Post
    I'm a hour south of Asheville in the Greenville area.
    I am actually between Greenville and Asheville in Hendersonville NC.

    Damn there are a lot of "villes" around here.

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    been waiting till my post count was high enough to post a pic, I love MY HARDTAIL 26


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    Which one the Adroit for the rougher rides and the Attitude for the rest even though I'm liking the Attitude more & more next project is a full rigid carbon
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiffany's pigeons View Post
    IMHO...

    The bike industry as a whole is a finicky thing - always looking for the next latest and greatest. Not a bad a thing mind you, how else would we have had the opportunity to fall in love in with things like carbon fiber and suspension technology. That said, I don't think that the 26" hardtail will ever go away. There will always be riders like me who appreciate the artistry is takes to build a great frame, and the technique and skill it takes to ride one past your buddies uphill AND downhill on their full suspension bikes.

    Though I own and ride multiple styles of bikes, the ones that continually challenge me and consistently bring a smile to my face are the tried and true hardtail with 26" wheels. In fact, I love'em so much that I just built up the new one pictured below, and I have another in the works. The next one though will be fully rigid so stay tuned

    Kinesis Virsa Decade... The build quality on the frame is pretty decent, though not as nice as my Indy Fab. For me, the main the attraction to the frame are the dropouts. You can change them out to a slotted version for single speeding. I also love the fact the frame's built with Tange Prestige. I haven't had a Prestige frame since my old and dead Ibis Mojo and I'm looking forward to a back to back comparison with the 853 of the Indy. The 44mm headtube is also a nice touch. Anyways...









    This build is slick. My current build is a bit of a test run, but I'd love to get a higher quality steel ride like this eventually. Tubes look fat for steel. Once again, nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norsk biker View Post
    Which one the Adroit for the rougher rides and the Attitude for the rest even though I'm liking the Attitude more & more next project is a full rigid carbon
    I used to lust after those original Attitudes so bad! Nice ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    This build is slick. My current build is a bit of a test run, but I'd love to get a higher quality steel ride like this eventually. Tubes look fat for steel. Once again, nice ride.

    Thanks man! Funny that you mention the tube diameter... I made up my mind on getting a <a href="http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-charge-bikes-duster-eleven-12-45866">Charge Skinny Duster</a>, but nobody in the states had one for sale in my size so I went with the Virsa. Now I'm glad I did

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    That adroit is awesome. What headset did you use to get that for to fit?
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    b-14, I got it from a guy out of Alaska that makes the head-set "adapter". If your interested pm me and I will send you the link, oh by the way she weights 21lbs.

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    yep, got 3... I can se the value in getting a FS 26er in the future, but at the moment i have 2 aluminium and 1 ti in a build...

    sometimes I see vids or pics and I think why are these guys riding FS for that sort of stuff. Also know people that go on about the ride on some trail on the 5-6in travel bikes...yeah used to ride that trail on a rigid back in the day...
    All the gear and no idea.

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    I still like to ride wheelies and do 180's, much easier on a 26" hard tail, my 29er front end seemed as if the front wheel was glued to the ground. I do like the top end speed and how well the 29er's climb. I have had two different fs and didn't care for either one, due to the energy loss, but its pretty flat where i live.

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    Not quite finished yet as there are a few parts that I am wanting to change, but here is my recently built Lynskey Rigid M240 with carbon fork. Love it. Want to switch to 1 x 10 though :-) I love rigid bikes, have been riding MTB for a few decades, racing enduro and trail riding etc. and have owned full sus, 29er etc. but they all make the trails less interesting. I like the riding-by the-seat-of-your-pants feeling that you gain from a HT. I wouldn't diss 29er's etc. as it is all about preference. I am shorty, like 5' 2", so prefer smaller wheels :-)
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    Nice, what fork is that?

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    I always liked my 26" hardtails, I need to ride a 29er though!

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    Thanks Norsk Biker :-) It is a Ragley carbon fork, Stif, light, and ticks all the right boxes :-)

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    I love my hardtail. Almost every time I am in the lot at the trails some guy on a FS bike tells me how he wishes he still had his hardtail. While full suspension bikes probably allow you to ride faster the feeling of riding a hardtail is pretty legit.

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    I bought a new 29" Cobia, but I am still loving my 2010 Cannondale F9.
    I plan to add a rigid steel fork, Avid BB5 mech disk brakes, and possibly a new Shimano derailleur.
    I have already swapped both the saddle and pedals with the Trek Cobia, and I have replaced the Kenda Small Block Eights with a Specialized all mountain tire in the rear, and a Kenda all mountain tire in the front.
    (Please excuse the kickstand. When I bought this bike I was not a mountainbiker, and rode on the road.)
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    Good to see people responding to this thread again. Especially as the climate has changed since this thread started a few years back, where the landscape of bike shops, in the UK and US, is now inundated with 29er product - even to the point where some manufacturers have dropped 26" hardtails from their ranges.

    I ride 26" hardtails partly for the same reasons - it keeps my local trails interesting.

    Still can't get over that Tomac video, supremely awesome riding! :-)

    Anyone else out there want to contribute their 26" hardtail photo's?

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    This is one of my two 2000 Klein Adroit Pro mountain bikes. (The other is virtually identical except it has a Trigon rigid fork and weighs 19 pounds with Slime tubes.) This one also has Slime tubes but still has the original fork. It's a great bike for riding anywhere I'd ever want to ride a bike. I rebuilt it from a 300-dollar Craigslist find that had been butchered by its previous owner so badly that all I ended up using was the frame, fork, headset and stem. This is the bike I ride at night and in bad weather. It's a few ounces over 21 pounds.





    Like all my bikes, the 1999 Klein Attitude Race has XTR M970 components with a Dura-Ace cassette, and a pair of Slime tubes that add about a pound over conventional tubes. To keep it simple and light I've done without a front derailleur. For sprinting and climbing, this one is the best bike I've ever ridden, and it weighs exactly 18 pounds.

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    My only bike is a 26er
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    Quote Originally Posted by What&son View Post
    My only bike is a 26er
    And yes, I like it
    Prolly cuz its the most expensive/nicest hardtail there is....that bike make me feel kinda funny in my pants
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    one pretty hard tail! Nothing like modern old school.
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    See my sig.
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Still ride it on a regular basis and race it at some races where it is faster than my 29er race bike. It is still my go to bike, the "keeper" bike in my stable.


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    I sold my 29er SS and bought a 26" FS. I don't regret it one bit.

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    Does anyone has spare fork with shocks, one inch steering tube for my 1992 KHS? I think I'm a bit old for rigid and have also lower back problem.

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    My '97 Breezer Lightning



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    @gddyap, was ur breezer one inch sterling tube or 1.1/8?

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    1-1/8. The fork on my Lightning is a Judy SL I stripped the yellow paint off of and repainted black.
    Check eBay. I see 1" suspension forks show up every now and then.
    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

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    Thanks but rather stay away from eBay..

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    Had my Klein since new and I absolutely love it!! I've been trying to come up with a reason to get a FS bike but just can't. I've upgraded all the parts but the seat post clamp, which I can not seem to find a replacement for anywhere.
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    Both of my Klein's have Hope seatpost clamps if you are still looking.
    Is that a solar power grid over the parking lot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    ...Is that a solar power grid over the parking lot?
    Yup. Other than its own motors and lights over the lot, I don't know what else the system is powering.

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    It has seen the trails and not just the garage jeep17 what year is your klein?
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    My steel HT, 26" was a fine bike 10 years ago. Same frame, modern parts.Still rides the same. A fine ride. Fun, fast, light. So what was the original question?

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    I love the colours on the Klein and they ride so well, awesome. Also, that Dean is a dream... :-)

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    Yup. 26er just fits my current ride style better....





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    After trying a 29er the only wheel size I want is 26 and plan to keep my bikes that way.

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    I owned a 2011 specialized 29er for 8 months, there were no significant advantages but many disadvantages..

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    If you have a FS bike, and one day you want to ride a hardtail, can't you lock the suspension? Doesn't that give you the ride like a hardtail? Or is that bad for the bike? Seems like you could use it either way if your bike offered the lockout.

    I don't know so that's why I am asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skellener View Post
    If you have a FS bike, and one day you want to ride a hardtail, can't you lock the suspension? Doesn't that give you the ride like a hardtail? Or is that bad for the bike? Seems like you could use it either way if your bike offered the lockout.

    I don't know so that's why I am asking.
    It is not bad for the bike. It usually does not ride just as well when locked out as it sits higher in the travel. And full suspension bike typically will have longer chainstays and more weight. It it would be stiffer.

    I swear my 26" TransAm with 150mm coil fork rides as smooth as some full suspension rigs.

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    Just bought a new 26 inch bike 7 months ago because I couldn't justify a 100% premium for the same bike with 29 inch wheels. I doubt I'd be 100% faster or have 100% more fun.
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    Ritchey P-21 Hardtail....love it!
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    I just did a nice 15 mile ride this weekend . I had blast on my 26" KHS hardtail. Perfect trail system for that bike. Smooth, lots of tight turns and some steep climbs.

    I still love my bike. Despite it age and old tech it will still ride anywhere.
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    Nothing wrong with old KHS, which are design well. The only grip with mine is no shocks and my old bones.
    My KHS is from 1992.. Rode on it last sat...

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    Oh I should add when my new bike gets here I will have 2 26" mtbs. Its sad how some companies are converting completely to 29ers at least give them both equal chances not discontinue all good 26ers.

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    I have only just got back into the bike scene. I used to race when I was 14 and am now 31. Maybe im just getting soft in my old age (no pun intended) but I dont know if I could go back to a HT on the trails. Loving my new FS bike. Feel like a big kid all over again

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    Quote Originally Posted by zgroove View Post
    Ritchey P-21 Hardtail....love it!
    Groove that is one bad*#s Richie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boothy82 View Post
    I have only just got back into the bike scene. I used to race when I was 14 and am now 31. Maybe im just getting soft in my old age (no pun intended) but I dont know if I could go back to a HT on the trails. Loving my new FS bike. Feel like a big kid all over again
    Funnyinthe same boat just a little older but of the opposite opinion, I had a fs but went back to a hard tail and then a full rigid. For me the ride on a ht is far superior but that's just me. Honestly no matter what one rideson the trails having a good time I'm down with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by norsk biker View Post
    Groove that is one bad*#s Richie
    Thanks Norsk!

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    I just can not part of my Brodie eXpresso, too much life in it! Rode it today as a single speed with a couple of freinds on our local trails. There is just so much more fun in riding a 26" (hardtail or FS), 29`ers are soooo boring to ride.

    And yes i have tried them, of course I am a wierdo from the old world;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by norsk biker View Post
    Funnyinthe same boat just a little older but of the opposite opinion, I had a fs but went back to a hard tail and then a full rigid. For me the ride on a ht is far superior but that's just me. Honestly no matter what one rideson the trails having a good time I'm down with it
    Could not agree more norsk. That's what I love about biking. We are off of different ages and fitness levels and it does not matter what we ride or what it's worth for that matter. We are all doing it cause we have a love for getting out on 2 wheels. I'm just a little sad I left the bike scene for so long but I'm making up for it as much as j can now

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    Just bought a new 26 inch bike 7 months ago because I couldn't justify a 100% premium for the same bike with 29 inch wheels. I doubt I'd be 100% faster or have 100% more fun.
    You'd actually be a bit slower on a 29er, bigger wheels mean bigger rotational mass.
    Bigger rims weigh more, longer spoker weigh more, bigger tires weigh more.
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    Great thread. Going to try and get through the entire thing if I get time.

    Not sure if this is repeating but this thread reminded me of a video I did over 2 year ago while out on my all-time favourite bike ever. Figured it might fit in here well.

    I still have it, still love it, still ride it on occasion (albeit now rare). I'll own it forever. 26ers aren't dead IMO. Marketing teams around the world would like us to think so though.

    Not 100% HT but most certainly not FS. I LOVE this bike.

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    I started on a 26" rigid back in the mid 90's, added a suspension fork 6 months later and switched to full squish in '01. I bought a 26" HT for Christmas this year. It's a fun ride...but way different from my 6" full squish that makes everything a lot easier. It makes me fully appreciate the advancements in bike technology.
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    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?

    I've been beating the piss out of this one since 01.
    Chances are .. You're full of [email protected]&?

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    Yes indeedy but I passed it on too my son because he needed it more then me..

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    This should be a fun one
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    I just put some 2.25" tires on my '09 Rockhopper that has been collecting dust in the garage for the past couple of years and all I can say is wow. A HT is no match for a short travel FS in my area. When I purchased a 26er FS I basically hung the Rockhopper up and only brought it out for others to go riding with me. My Rockhopper is actually a decent bike minus the harsh riding frame. I have it down in the 22-23lb range and put a lot of upgrades on it but the frame has a lot of flex in the BB area and rides really stiff... so much so that it hurts my back. Not wanting to let the bike go to waste, I decided to try larger tires. I went from Kenda Nevegal 2.1/Slant 6 2.1 to Michelin Wild Rac'r 2.25". The transformation has met if not exceeded what I was hoping to achieve... smooth out the ride. The new tires are 3/8" larger in diameter after stretching out. The dampening effect is great although the bike doesn't spin up as fast as it use to. The larger tires added 100g per wheel. Anyway, I have been busting out the HT consecutively for the past month. I now realize what people mean when they say 29ers are not the answer and to just put larger tires on your 26er. I am so excited with the HT that I even started pricing out a new frame but the eminent lack of development for the wheel size is holding me back. For now I will just enjoy the ease of maintenance of a HT and enjoy the 26" wheel size while tires/wheels are cheap.
    Killing it with close inspection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woahey View Post
    I started on a 26" rigid back in the mid 90's, added a suspension fork 6 months later and switched to full squish in '01. I bought a 26" HT for Christmas this year. It's a fun ride...but way different from my 6" full squish that makes everything a lot easier. It makes me fully appreciate the advancements in bike technology.
    Since I created this post, me and my new hard-tail have separated ways, but not before making it into April issue of Decline Magazine...
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    I've been wanted try a 29er for a few years, but now that 29ers are the hip, trendy thing I'm less interested. Hmmm. Well, whatever, I'm having fun regardless. My local trails are pretty much pump tracks on steroids - my 26er HT rocks on them!
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    sold big heavyweight 6 x 6 Cadabra and built 26 hardtail when I came to Texas, no need for big mountain bike where there's no mountains. Seeing people on big bikes here makes me laugh, to each his own.

    Easy decision for me at 5'6" even a size small 29r feels like muscling a tank that takes forever to get back to speed. I know I know but I don't care about all the rolling over momentum marketing BS. For me a 26 is more fun as I've no fire roads to climb or long descents to roll down here. I'm gonna build a 29 shortly when I go back to norcal because it's probably high time to admit to the advantages in their proper place.

    Thanks to 29r shortcomings now we've got a third wheel size. . .

    and on and on. . .

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    love my cannondale 26 HT more than most people i know. light, fast, nimble...i don't care about wheel size, i'll buy the next bike that rides better. haven't found it yet.
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    Loving it, and it is all the bike I need, but I have been upgrading parts .........

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    I hope my wife still likes her 26" hardtail....she just got it last weekend
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    Pictures, or your wife is clearly make believe.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    I still like my 26" Hardtail, although my new 29" hardtail is by far my favourite.
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    Yes as long as it's FAT

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Pictures, or your wife is clearly make believe.
    Hands Down winner of Post of the week.

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    Too bad big companies are killing 26ers. I think 27.5 is just a reaction to some crappy 29ers and they needed a way to make more cash so they introduced 27.5 which is barely bigger than 26.

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    Stumbled across this thread and realized that I already posted in it almost 2yrs ago. In that time I put together a 29er, rigid SS Karate Monkey by scavenging my 26er Cannondale hardtail. I've had it about a year and a half and have ridden it all over the place, on flowy stuff, on a mtb metric century, on very rocky trails, etc. and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Several months ago I almost sold the Cannondale frame and fork but my wife convinced me not to. I decided to piece it back together using what I had in my parts bin and guess what, I love it. On my local trail it is totally pump-a-licious and fun. The only thing is is that it's geared and after riding SS for a year I forgot how noisy it can be with all of that chain slap and the sound of grindy gears. I'm thinking about updating the bike with part that aren't scavenged.

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    Well i love my 3 Hardtails bikes ALL of them are 26 a Sinttesi X Country an Ideal Race Pro and a Treck Alpha 6500 SLR well i always use for everyday to comute my Trek and for commute to the city i take the Sinttesi i love them! OK i haven't ride an 27.5 or a 29" but i am thinking buying one in the future but for my near trail mountain they are fine! Especial for training days Race pro is sweet with xtr it's nice and smooth even if it is from 1998 (frame). So i have 4 bikes in total icluding a full suspensionbut i will leave this matter for an other thread

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    I love 26" hardtails. There is so much more fun factor. If I wanted to just blow through everything I would ride a road bike.

    However, if I like in florida or south georgia, where trails are nothing but roots from the sand washing away, I would consider going to a bigger wheel size.

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    For all you non-believers. lol


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    Yep, its called a Dirt Jumper.
    I actually have the most fun riding this bike.
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    something about hardtails thats grin inducing. i only ride my FS when its an all day run.
    anything under that, i got a couple of hardtails to play with, AM,XC,Fat, as long as its a hardtail im on it.

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    Yep, still like it. I check fairly often to be sure.

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    Yup, still:

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    Loving it More every Day
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    I am liking my Ibis Tranny 26 hardtail more and more. Few weeks ago, I was invited to ride Downieville, did not have a FS (returned) so I took the 26 HT and swapped the fork from 100mm to 120-150mm Revelation, dropper and flats. My buddies were on 27.5s and 29er FS, let's just say the 26 HT was extremely 'playful', took a body beating but it was a blast!
    Hope everyone is enjoying their 26 HTs. Here is a video of the ride:
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    Anybody still making quality hardtails? I own a 29er and have ridden a 27.5 and love my 26. IMO, the 27.5 is marketing propaganda. Depending on the rubber the 26 is hardly smaller. All these people saying that the 27.5 is so much better are full of it. I think it is a reaction to having ridden a 29 so long and then trying the smaller wheel and realizing it was better all along.

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    Chromag.

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    the only way id stop riding my 26" hardtails are if they stop making 26" tires.

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    No pricing on the Chromag website. What do they charge for a frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    No pricing on the Chromag website. What do they charge for a frame?
    Too much. (I have seen $1200 to $1500 quoted). I would rather get a custom steel one at this price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Too much. (I have seen $1200 to $1500 quoted). I would rather get a custom steel one at this price.
    Maybe a bit pricey. Independent Fabrications quotes $1895 with Reynolds 853, and Waltworks is $1500 (I think with Trutemper OX Platinum).

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    That Cotic Soul with Reynolds 853 for 800 bucks seems reasonable!

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    I got a Focus 26er this year. SLX/XT with XT Crank and Recon Silver (meh) for <$700.. Shifts like a $2k bike and is pretty fast. I like it. Jenson, in their continuing effort to not be too perfect, forgot to pump the front fork up, but no biggie there. Pretty nice bike, good for the price I would say. I like my 3 26ers quite a bit.

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    Well, well. Today I just got a new bike upon outgrowing my 2011 Trek 6500. LOVED IT!! Glad other people enjoy and still ride this bike as much as I have.

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    Chromag has two parts to their lineup the frames made overseas are 800 to 1000 depending on the model and the bc made frames are 1500 to 2000. They also offer custom work. It's worth calling them for a chat. I ride a rootdown and it's a wonderful bike. I've also owned a stylus which I regret selling

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    Trek Fuel....26ER! love it
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    i had a 26' hard tail that I fire sold to make way for my FS 29er. I don't regret getting my 29er but I do miss my 26 HT. Not sure why I was in such a rush to get rid of that bike, I think at the time, I saw all the other people with newer bikes and just got envious but man, when I get passed by a HT climbing I am kicking myself inside

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachmak View Post
    i had a 26' hard tail that I fire sold to make way for my FS 29er. I don't regret getting my 29er but I do miss my 26 HT. Not sure why I was in such a rush to get rid of that bike, I think at the time, I saw all the other people with newer bikes and just got envious but man, when I get passed by a HT climbing I am kicking myself inside
    I like my 29er, but it can't climb sandy/even gravelly hills. On CEMENT, the 29er seems to climb better, but the wheels spin, and spin, and spin on hills I NEVER (not once out of 500 times) was not able to make it up on one of my 26ers. It could be a combination of the tires, the chain stay length, the fact that it was the first or second year Focus made a 29er, OR it could be that the front wheel is off alignment 1/2-1 inch which needs to be taken care of as much as possible.. But I have yelled at my bike for not being able to climb some hills a few times already. I've gone back down and tried multiple gears, staying seated (helped a little, but still no), leaning back enough to pull the front up, no go. Better climbing on hard stuff, terrible climbing on sandy/gravel.

    I still like 26ers.

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    I selected my Litespeed 26" HT to do a big ride a couple weeks ago (40+ miles w/ 10k ft of climbing).

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9773780836/" title="All_Skeggs_Bike by markmass, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9773780836_56f17ca1e8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="All_Skeggs_Bike"></a>

    Others have called it my cheater bike, but the biggest thing was actually having an accessible water bottle cage.

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    Last winter I had my bike set up as a 29". It was fun in the snow. Come summer and soon it became a 69r. Now I'm somewhat fed up with that also and back to 26". We'll see comes next. Maybe a 29" fixed gear again once we get snow.

    Last ride yesterday for the 69r:



    Front suspension is also back for the 26" mode. So now both my mtb's are 26" HT's. I guess I still like them.

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    I went for a 60 mile ride on my new Focus 26er today. I think I had more fun than I do on my 29er. But I stayed off the superhard singletrack and just took it easy, so that could have something to do with it. I really like my new 26er.

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    Ride mine!

    Still ride my old 26er. 2005 Cannondale F300. Needs some new tires....

    I dont need a FS with the trails around here and Im not sure about making the jump to a 29er yet. Heard they are a little big....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvidRide View Post
    Still ride my old 26er. 2005 Cannondale F300. Needs some new tires....

    I dont need a FS with the trails around here and Im not sure about making the jump to a 29er yet. Heard they are a little big....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Why is your seat tilted so far forward?
    Lol! It was loose! Fixed now!

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    I just started to ride mine a lot again.
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    Re: Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?

    I have a '10 cdale f5 that I just got that I am really enjoying. I borrowes a buddies Marin mount vision and it was nice, but I think I'm a hard tail guy.

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    I love 26" Hardtails.

    Finally finished this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcitizen1 View Post
    Finally finished this:
    That is sweet looking. Is it ti?

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    My backup bike is a rigid 26" bike. Its in the process of getting some wider and stiffer bars.

    Feels like a big BMX bike coming from the road bike.


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    Thanks! I dig it.

    Nope, just some regular old 4130. There is a Ti version too, but I was on a serious budget with the frame. Fork & cranks I got a sweet ass deal on.

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    I'd say so Anybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-image.jpg
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    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?

    Hmmm - not really. I put skinny tyres on it and use it on pavement and cycleways when the trails are too muddy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    Hmmm - not really. I put skinny tyres on it and use it on pavement and cycleways when the trails are too muddy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    LOL YESS BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This Man!!!

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    Thinking about buying another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by axe View Post
    lol !

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    I love my 26” hardtail! I have an ‘07 26” FS but I ride my hardtail about 75% of the time. This evening as I was fish tailing around a downhill curve I couldn’t help but grin and say this is why I love my hardtail! One day I might try one of those 29ers that all the crazy kids are talking about, but for now I’ll keep it old school!
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    I have a 91 HardRock that's a 26" rigid and an 03 Kona 26". The latter is a HT with an added RS seatpost. Like em just fine. Def feel the steel frame ride versus the aluminum.
    I don't push my stuff hard enough or often enough to justify getting the newest invention or improvments. The Specialized does duty as back up or extra wheels for friends and as the kid carrier for a 3 y/o grandson. It's got regular pedals.
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    Yep, still loving on all 4. Will most likely go 27.5" on the next bike, but that's a couple years off.

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    Hi everyone, still love mine a Specialised Hardrock that started off as a single speed, then geared commuter, now a 1x10 had it out yesterday a ride close to home. some bike love pic's.

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    I'am treating it to a new set of riser bars and grips this week, so life left in the old dog yet.

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    Still giving my Chromag Stylus love..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle509 View Post
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    IMGP4596 by imalwaysriding, on Flickr
    Nice pic!

    I built up a Stylus this spring, and have been loving it!

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    Brain loves it, ankles not so much.

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    Don't think I've posted my updated build here: My 456 - a set on Flickr
    Still loving it, and have no plans to go back to squish, for now.

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    One things for certain, a 29 will never look as nice as a 26, a 26 has all the right proportions, not big mongy looking wheels that make em look silly, and 26er rides damn fine if you ask me, go the mighty 26.
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....:cool:

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    Some awesome pics in there @Kyle509.

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    No, just regular ol' 4130

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    YUP!! Just finished this build. OPINIONS?!?

    Build complete...Started its life as a 2010 Rockhopper Expert. Somewhere between a Trail and AM HT depending on who is defining the terms. What do you think?
    2010 Rockhopper Expert 26"
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    ^Thats the sickest rockhopper I have ever seen. Congrats!

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    Sure is. I like it. Sure lot of nice parts and a low end frame though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Sure is. I like it. Sure lot of nice parts and a low end frame though....

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    I've been stuck on specialized since college and if you want a hardtail, I think the rockhopper frame offers the best geometry, is light weight and strong. Might get away from spesh tho if they don't ditch the 29" wheels on everything.

    How do you define low end?

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    I always thought the rockhopper was a cheaper frame than the stumpjumper frame. I'm talking without any experience though, as I have never ridden one. If its light and you like the qeometry, that's what matters. Sweet bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    I always thought the rockhopper was a cheaper frame than the stumpjumper frame. I'm talking without any experience though, as I have never ridden one. If its light and you like the qeometry, that's what matters. Sweet bike.

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    You are right that it is a less expensive frame than the stumpy. However, I believe that it is an undervalued frame that can be used for multiple applications. Especially the few years they offered it in the M4 frame like this one. The stumpy will be lighter out of the box but it's geometry is more of a XC race bike rather than what today is calling a trail/Am bike. This rockhopper is sitting at 26 pounds right now pedals and all. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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    Between my wife (5'3", 49) and I (5'5 1/2", 55), we have five 26" hardtails:
    Hers: x-small Cotic Soul 1X10, Motobecane Ti singlespeed.
    Mine: small Cotic Soul 1X10, Evil Sovereign singlespeed, custom chinese Ti singlespeed.

    We both rode 26" dual suspension bikes before that...

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    I sold my full suspension, now exclusively on my hard tails. 97 Rocky Mountain Blizzard and 2013 Surly Moonlander

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    This Simple climbs like a goat and rides like a BMX bike. Maybe my most favorite bike ever. Been riding it for two years now, the only mtb in my stable.


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    Yeah, I still love my 26" hard tail! Hit me up on my pager if you want to meet at the trailhead.

    Sincerely,

    Back pain, hand numbness, thinking that riding over tree roots at slow speed requires "technical skill", bar ends, and "suspension" seat posts.

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    still rocking after all these years, on my 05 Titus SB!

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