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    Im agree

    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?-1537876_26er.jpg
    I had built a 26" at the end of 2014 over a ATX Giant frame and XTR 9 speed gear, I loved! ... but because I starting to practice enduro I had to rebuild the bike with a doble suspension frame of course in 26" size, with a 150mm RockShox Revelation WC; the only I have to improve is myself, the bike is great!
    By the way I store the 26 hardtail Giant frame for future, and I make two other 26" hardtail like in the picture for my soon and wife
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    I am still loving my two 26 rides. My favorite is my wife'S old 98 GT backwoods turned SS fully ridged. Nothing quit like a steel 26 under you.

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    That's awesome Julio.
    Get some Bro.
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    Hard to beat simple. 26" SS fully ridged. No shifting, no suspension lockouts, just get on pedal and ride.
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    Currently rebuilding my hardrock sportdisc. It's been all over the world with me. . Could have bought a 29er cheaper ,but no history, and never found a 29er that felt right

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    The only bike I own is a hardtail and I love riding it; even over rough stuff it isn't to bad; a bit hard on the knees, but that's to be expected. I've never actually ridden a full suspension; I've had moments where I've thought, "I'll bet this would be nice and smooth on a full suspension bike!" but then I think to myself, "Nah, this builds character!"

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    Here with my son enjoying our 26" bikes:

    https://youtu.be/3AYZA53W86o

    I wish they don't disappear...

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    I love BOTH of my hard tails a 2011 Trek police bike and a 2004 Specialized Hardrock. I will be honest though I got out of biking well before the 29er craze started. Heck there wasn't even disc brakes on bikes yet. My last bike was a raliegh m50 with a halsondesign inverted shocks with a deore lx component set.

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    They still take me to nice places and make me have fun on the way there.

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    ^ something about that looks pretty familiar:



    What tires are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memi View Post
    Attachment 754860Attachment 754860Me with my 1992 rigid KHS Montana Summit with LX gears, I just changed my original cassette of 11-28 to 11-32' much better but, 29er is even better. I like to use my 26" in the winter. Sorry for flipped image...can't figure out how to fix it!
    Can you tell me any more about your khs, i am buying one tomorrow and been doing a search and yours is the only other red one that looks the same year i could find.

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    I have to admit that I really like my NS Surge! It is such a great fun and capable bike!


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    Maybe you must know this video: https://youtu.be/uyrlEE9AV58
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    I just watching it and impresive me!!

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    I went riding with a mate the other day and he took my hardtail. I was on the dually. I ended up stealing it off him half way through the ride and still love it! So much fun and just different to the dually. I'll never get rid of it.

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    Like it even more now that it's gone. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till its gone. The $2500 I got for it helps but that bike was special.
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    Mine has been turned into a single speed, and still gets trail time every week.


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    26er Love on the Road- Ibis Tranny

    So impressed with this bike! 26" Ibis Tranny with 1x10 XTR, wide carbon rims, 120mm Fox up front, built for airplane travel. Recent road trip to Fruita, St George, urban San Diego, Cottonwood/Vegas, Gooseberry, and Moab. Didn't miss a beat! Built her up at the 18 Rd campground by headlamp in 20 minutes and she was back in her case ready to fly in 30 min. No fees!

    I have another ti 29er frame with S&S couplers but the Ibis will be my travel companion from now on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKKFARANG View Post
    Currently rebuilding my hardrock sportdisc. It's been all over the world with me. . Could have bought a 29er cheaper ,but no history, and never found a 29er that felt right
    I'm still riding my hardrock sport discuss but it's seen better days, I keep tuning it but now I'm going to have to start rebuilding it. Just bought a rigid fatty though, I'll always love the hardrock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 218traverse View Post
    I'm still riding my hardrock sport discuss but it's seen better days, I keep tuning it but now I'm going to have to start rebuilding it. Just bought a rigid fatty though, I'll always love the hardrock.
    Disc* but for being a 2006 it still kicks ass

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    Just got a new one in March. I call it a fat bike.

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    still use my 1994 Trek Mountain Track 830! It is going to become my full time commuter when I get my Surly ECR. Right now though, the 830 goes with me everywhere....
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    I actually just went through a 24" kids bike, repacked the bearings, brake and deraileur adjustment, and put on a 34 mega range freewheel cassette for all of $22. I saw some guy with a valuable FS leaving when I was driving into the parking area, he did not look very happy. I had a blast. I'm guessing if I had a $5000 bike I would want to ride it, not walk LOL. The trail is wall to wall rocks, no way to ride in there without picking a line. There was an area for a couple hundred feet that was uphill with roots every two feet, and it was wet.

    I had a sports charter(I drive a bus)the afternoon of my maiden mt bike ride(and my maiden extreme crash)and a Suffield high school kid at the tennis court had a hardrock. I do not think that I have ever seen one, I liked the looks of it a lot. Looks to be built as well as my Sirrus Sport which I am perfectly happy with. Cannot believe that they are only $440 with Vbrakes.

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    My stable of 26'er hardtails

    Here is the family of hardtails
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    left to right, 2011 Trek Police bike - Specialized Hardrock sport - 1995 Schwinn Homegrown.

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    I just ordered $1300 worth of stuff to build up a 26er fully rigid SS, lol!

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    Had big break from trails riding (knee injury). Went riding yesterday on my 26er rigid SS. Great fun!

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

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    Hmm...after seeing and reading about all of these rigid HT's, it got me thinking that I would never even consider riding a suspension fork, or FS bike. I have been shopping for a new bike over the past 2 years, and have tried some out, but I feel like I am doing more work than I need to to control the bikes. I have finally decided on a Surly ECR. Can't wait to get it. I figured after 20+ years of riding I would want to have the softer ride, but it felt so...mushy...to my body....

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    Dude, what bars are those? Do you find them more comfy than standard/flat? Any control issues say in jumping off stuff, etc.?

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    ^ something about that looks pretty familiar:



    What tires are you running?

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    It's a Ragley Carnegie bar, which has been discontinued for a few years. I definitely prefer it to normal risers, and there used to be lots of threads about "alt" bars. I think the On One Fleagle is a pretty similar design.

    And as for jumping, since the bike is rigid it doesn't see huge leaps. But I've also got an on one Mary bar (similar to the Carnegie and Fleagle, but more sweepy) and that one can feel a little cramped and weird, but the Carnegie feels totally natural.

    (it's all pretty complicated though, since on my 29er I only kindof liked the Carnegie. But when I moved it over to my 26er everything just clicked).

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    Oh - I haven't posted a pic of my rigid 26er;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost_HTX View Post
    Oh - I haven't posted a pic of my rigid 26er;
    Cool bike!
    What bar is that? Is it sized for MTB brake levers?

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

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    Thanks! Despite the seized seat post (alu post in carbon frame - needs a BIG hammer to fix) and the annoying cassette rattle (I'm waiting for the tools / parts to fix it) she has done me very well
    The bar is a home brewed special. I took a 650mm carbon flat bar and trimmed it down to 480mm. I then took a pair of Origin8 drop bar ends and fitted the hell out of them (bar end strength plugs plus carbon paste plus a lot of torque). The whole thing is standard MTB bar thickness (none of this road bike nonsense) so I can have the levers on the drop downs - the whole thing is solid as a rock and I don't have any air bubble / fluid issues with the Shimano levers after fitting them in a non - standard position.
    For my next move I'm going to move the Deore shifters slightly further outboard toward the drops - that way I can thumb shift from the drops then double wrap the bars in grip tape. The single wrap they have now makes the bars slightly too narrow in diameter to be really comfortable. I'm also awaiting my 110mm carbon stem - I feel a wee bit cramped when sitting on the "hoods" / a wee bit too upright when sitting on the drops at the moment.

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    Building up a 26er again this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum Ti View Post
    Building up a 26er again this weekend!
    How about a preview

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    My new ride, 26er never die!
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    I think I forgot to post pictures of my 3700 after I converted it to 2x10 and put a new fork on it.
    I prefer 29ers but I still love how agile my 26er is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    My new ride, 26er never die!
    That looks like fun, good work, very nice. Is that the 16 that was a lil small for you?
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    That looks like fun, good work, very nice. Is that the 16 that was a lil small for you?
    Nope, that's the 18. The 16 is even more compact!

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    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?-20150620_100104.jpg

    Still riding this baby since 2012.

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    26 ns park 2011 with argyle 2011 still riding from time to time;
    Fun and simple; no parts changed or broken except tires;

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    Converted my 26" Cromo 1995 Hoodoo Voodoo bike to a commuter style with slick tires and only a rear derailleur. Love that thing! Very smooth and light for steel.
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    2012 Revel 2

    Swapped fork, crankset, bars & stem. Five pounds lighter
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    Chromag Gypsy

    I thought this bike would be my "occasionally, just for fun" bike. It's become my go-to trail steed.

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    Nice...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Chromag Gypsy

    I built this up as a counterpoint to my Cove STD. Now the hardtail gets all the trail time.

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    Even though I like my 26er I'm trying to sell it.
    I see a full suspension bike in my future, and I need all the extra money I can get to buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Even though I like my 26er I'm trying to sell it.
    I see a full suspension bike in my future, and I need all the extra money I can get to buy one.
    I'll be on the same boat soon, I want to keep my 26er HT as back up plus I love it, but it's time for a better bike, so she will be sold to help increase the budget.
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    The answer is still yes.

    This question has been bouncing around for over four years now. When it was first written, it may have had some merit since all I owned were 26" bikes.

    Now, most of my riding is on a new 27.5 5" travel FS but on those rare occasions when I do ride my 26" steel hardtail, yes, it is still fun.

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    Still rocking the Stumpy HT

    I'm still riding my 2009 Stumpjumper Expert and see no reason to change that. It's a blast to ride, comfortable and reliable.
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    Sunday's ride had some challenges, which I'm sure some say 29 would of cleared them easily.

    Little snow and temperatures below freezing, so I pedal my 26" Trek 3700 on cattle road and come by a spot that is usually bit wet, so it happens that I feel rear end sinking a bit, I pedal harder but pedals won't turn, wtf!?

    Little back pedaling and try again, no, clank, that is all I get after little wheel spin.

    So I get off from saddle and start to examine what is the problem, it was of course pitch black at that hour, what I found out was that rear hub was below the surface of the road, there simply was no way to pedal bike as road surface was harder front of bottom bracket.

    After I lift bike up, I could see another problem, RD was full of wet mud, with no way to clear it and as temps were below freezing rest of the ride had slight issues.

    Now I really do like my 26" HT bike, but I'm sure some say 29 would of had momentum to not sink that place, I doubt that though.

    That 26" bike has managed just fine from mud where pedals dip into thick stuff at bottom, with 22-36 gearing torque is not becoming issue, but little more ground clearance might help.

    Amount of torque is such that I can pull more with my bike than by foot, that is one of the great things in 26" and it is so nimble and fun to ride that I doubt I will have bigger wheel size very soon.

    I made 3 wheel pedal operated cargo bike / snow plow that has 29 tires, but I would of made it with 26" tires if I would just had the parts, it works, but more gearing would help with wet snow.
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    ... and if we just ... I think the answer is yes...

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    I'm going to keep riding my Trek 8900

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    Picture or you are actually on a 27.5 but want to be in the cool kids club. !!
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    My '03 Rocky Mountain Elevation. I bust this out every once in a while when I feel like I am getting too complacent on my full suspension bike.

    Thinking about upgrading the wheelset so I can go to disk brakes. Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?-1920399_10153512325305476_7617443497800281119_n.jpg

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    Guys, there is something seriously wrong with pictures you are posting, do you actually ride your bikes or do you just carefully carry them to woods?

    This is what happens to my bike every ride, it seems not to matter that temps are below freezing and there being snow, I find that soft spot:




    Yes, I might be tad old school, but at least bike visits where it was made to visit and does it often

    And some wonder why I run chain dry, it really does not make any difference if I lube it or not...
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    Same bike as above, following a spring fire road ride. Better?

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    My '01 Schwinn Homegrown converted to SS. At 19.5 lbs, this is my go-to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    My new ride, 26er never die!
    Just perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentor View Post
    Same bike as above, following a spring fire road ride. Better?

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    Hey that looks more like it, proper use of equipment!
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    it's all i've got so i might as well enjoy it!

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    Still rocking the old motobecane 26er when not on the road!

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    I actually race mine this past weekend lost but given my time id say it was down to skill more that and they put me in the 19-29 age group im 35.
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    Both my bikes are 26" and both built by me

    GT Avalache 2.0 (3x10) and Kinesis Decade Virtue (single speed)

    The Kinesis is brand new (well the parts are anyway)
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    As my mid-life crisis , I built up a bike from scratch. For some , it's a red Ferrari , for me , it was my ultimate Ti custom dream bike.
    I asked Kocmo to build me a frame for Lefty/Rohloff/Carbon Belt/55 tooth front plate and yes , 26'' wheels.
    They can do anything , any size of wheels , they could have invented a new size of wheel if I asked.
    But I prefer by a very wide margin the smaller/tighter/lighter wheels.
    Haven't tried a 700 wheeled MTB that had that tightness and reaction to input and acceleration.

    And BTW , I'm 6'2''
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    I still keep my old 1997 VooDoo around and rode it at the local park recently. What a heap of fun it was!

    It was such a different experience from my FS trail bike. Lots of fun popping off roots that I'd otherwise just roll over with my main bike. It seems to rip around sharp corners more easily too.

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    Pretty sweet ride! Do you have any more pictures?

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    I still ride my old mid-'90s Trek that's not only a hardtail but rigid. Still rocking a 7-speed cassette lol. Its been upgraded with new brakes, shifters, stem and bars but its what got me off the roads and on the trails 10 years ago. I try to swap between it and my hardtail 29er. My old road bike is now a gravel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_GIANT_98 View Post
    Pretty sweet ride! Do you have any more pictures?
    Yep !

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    As a Trail Builder, I build what I like to ride. Which just happens to be tight twisty technical with a lot of quick little vertical stuff. Lots of little berms and bumps to pump on. Ravines that I can berm on walls and drop thru repeatedly in rapid secession is a favorite.

    The kind of stuff my 26" is great at. And the Big Wheel people ***** about.

    I even built up a short wheelbase FS 26" bike to zip thru the twisty stuff like butter and leave the stifled 29'ers in the dust.

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    I was heartbroken to have my 2005 ht cannondale stolen in miami. I was in the market but only found 27.5 and 29... then my buddy sold me his 26" only catch is that its f/s haha, not my style but it was well worth the money so ill try it out.

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    Still ride mt 1994 Trek Mountain Track 830! I have had this bike since it was new, nd recently got a Surly Krampus. It is interesting to ride the trails with this bike, and then go right to the Krampus to see what happens. It has also become my commuter bike.

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    Posted this up when I built it a couple of years ago, still going strong as the go-to ride in my stable: 2012 Chameleon with a mix of parts from Chromag, Sram, Shimano, Deity, Mavic and Race Face.

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    Ego too big to go back to 26

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    Jk I would still be riding a 26 if someone hadn't given me a 29

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    In all fairness I tried to buy a Trek Stache but they were sold out for the year in my size when I went to buy one a few years ago...so I bought a used AM HT in 26 and have never regretted it.

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    A Dirt-Jump & MTB bike

    The amazing Vinking X, my boy is using in the last year, first with RockShox SID then with Marzzochi Bomber

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    Although I am spending time on a new 29+ Stache, I still ride my 26ers and in particular love old Bontragers which are a perfect match for our trails around the St.Louis area. I have owned seven Bontragers over the years including early square framed OR's, RaceLites, a Ti-Lite, and a number of Privateers. Here are the two I currently own and ride:

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    Those are sweet frames, nice work keeping them running and in use!

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    Thanks, every time I get rid of a Bontrager to thin the heard I just end up buying another! The Privateer is a 1x8 build using a single XT thumbie with ghost click. Really a pure no-nonsense ride. The Racelite is more of a period traditional build with all XTR M900 8spd kit with the exception of White Industries ti hubs and BB. The Judy on the Racelite has a Risse Gem cartridge which is nice, but the elastomers are in need of renewal. Compared to the Stache the Bontragers demand a lot of finesse and attention when picking your lines, but overall they are still a great option for tight twisty single track.

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    Recently rebuilt my 1995 Kona Explosif. I got a Marzocchi Z-2 Atom Bomb that I had always wanted on this bike and put on wider handlebars with a shorter stem. I also got to use a set of Avid SD-Ultimate v-brake levers that would probably never go on another bike given how everything has now moved to disc brakes.

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    My 26" HT lives in my hometown so I can ride when I visit (every 2nd weekend on average). Will add pictures when I get the chance.

    Despite getting a brand new 27.5" trail/AM hardtail, my 8 yr old 26" gets its fair share of love. Just got new wheels laced as they were mismatched and the rear rim was seriously beaten up. At some point I'm going to add a dropper so it's not jealous of it's bigger brother (and because the trails are much more enjoyable with a dropper).

    Both bikes are labeled size "small", but there's a 9-10cm difference in wheelbase and 30mm in reach between them. That has a very noticable effect on handling, more so than the slightly bigger wheels. The 26" bike excells at the slow, twisty, techy trails I cut my mtb teeth on. I had to adjust my lines on such trails with the new bike. When speeds are higher though, it becomes too twitchy and that's where the new AM HT shines.

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    I'm 5'-5" tall, and a 26er is what fits me best. I have 6 in my basement, and I ride them all the time.

    I do worry about being able to get a decent 26er in the future though. Some of my fleet has seen a lot of mileage, and they won't last forever.

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    whats not to like and its only an 8 speed (GASP!!)
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    Oh wow, that is sweet! I always wanted Voodoo, back in the day!

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    Thanks. Its very quick handling and wants to go fast. Joe Murray is about to bring Voodoos back to the U.S. where they belong. Not the same offering that is at Halfords, but newly designed higher end models!

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    I caught a hint of that a few months ago, I am looking forward to it!

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    There she is ready to go.



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    +1 For the HT. Rec rider only.. But I love the feels.

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    I still prefer 26"

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    Love mine and honestly wouldn't have gotten a new bike had I still fit this one. Only 22lbs and had her since she was built in '99.

    Still debating if I can go ahead and sell her to fund some tool purchases to support the new ride.


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    Built a HT for my 6yr old.. Wasn't sure how it would turn out, it goes great.. He rolls so much better on it than the full 20's. Hybrid 20/26 combo Kids bike.. Needs New grips.. Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?-20170108_183322.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix-<3 View Post
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    lol, updated Big Wheel for the big boys on the trails!

    Hope he enjoys it!
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    Still having fun on this one.



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    Just ordered a Cotic BFE 26
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    built up this again the other day, still needs some tweeking, but be good to get out on it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    built up this again the other day, still needs some tweeking, but be good to get out on it again

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    I sure hope one of the tweaks is plugging the handlebar ends. Someone posted a couple of days ago about a crash that would have taken a huge divot if their ends hadn't been plugged.

    You probably know that, just looking out for you.
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    ha, yeah, but won't put them in till i've decided which bar i'm using. So far all i;ve done is cruise down to the lbs and back...no front brake yet.
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    I'm considering an update and part of that is 'going with the flow'.

    I'm still on my 03 Kona 26" and thinking it's time for the disc brakes and a new bike. Probably going to try steel this time and as the inventories reveal, modern day bikes are fat , 27.5 or 29". I'll keep my 91 Specialized for the kid seat and it's 26" heritage .... nothing against it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Probably going to try steel this time...
    Nice Kona.

    I went from a 26" to a 29" steel hardtail recently. It has been perfect for my riding style, and I've been having a lot of fun with it.

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    not period correct, but who cares? White Industries ENO hub and cog in the back, and feels like a rocket:

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    also love my '88 Rockhopper comp, coasterbrake in the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    Nice Kona.

    I went from a 26" to a 29" steel hardtail recently. It has been perfect for my riding style, and I've been having a lot of fun with it.

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    Thanks. It has served me well and aside from knocking the paint off it, it is still amazingly stable. Orig wheels and maybe one or two shop tune-ups in 13 years. I learned a few basics to keep the wheels straight and minor tune / adj , brakes etc...
    I was so surprised how easy wheel tuning is but to be fair, I haven't hammered the bike for all it deserves asper capable so I think most other get a lot more experience in fix up's and wrenching.

    I'm just now a 55 y/o so I'm taking it easier these days and never was a mad down hill flyer (except once) and a powerful shoulder versus terra.damn.firma.

    Tell me if I'm nuts or falling for placebo or hype thinking my al frame K might feel a bit bitter or harsh on my old bones versus steel - What were your impressions of the feel of the ride and bike response if any... ?

    I've been thinking of something pretty basic, simple , straightforward like Jamis Dragon Sport 27.5. It nets me steel, disc brakes and a chance to nail a prof fitment by a nice store to make sure I'm doing it right.
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    Yep. Ordered these with 26" wheels and rim brakes, LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Thanks. It has served me well and aside from knocking the paint off it, it is still amazingly stable. Orig wheels and maybe one or two shop tune-ups in 13 years. I learned a few basics to keep the wheels straight and minor tune / adj , brakes etc...
    I was so surprised how easy wheel tuning is but to be fair, I haven't hammered the bike for all it deserves asper capable so I think most other get a lot more experience in fix up's and wrenching.

    I'm just now a 55 y/o so I'm taking it easier these days and never was a mad down hill flyer (except once) and a powerful shoulder versus terra.damn.firma.

    Tell me if I'm nuts or falling for placebo or hype thinking my al frame K might feel a bit bitter or harsh on my old bones versus steel - What were your impressions of the feel of the ride and bike response if any... ?

    I've been thinking of something pretty basic, simple , straightforward like Jamis Dragon Sport 27.5. It nets me steel, disc brakes and a chance to nail a prof fitment by a nice store to make sure I'm doing it right.
    My move to a steel 29er came at the same time as my move to tubeless and thus lower tire pressures. Additionally, my 29er has a much nicer suspension fork than my 26er did. Therefore, it's really impossible for me to attribute any change in ride characteristics to frame material alone.

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    I'm about 6'1 and have a medium frame 26 that I rode for a year. Then last winter I bought a large frame 29 with hydraulic brakes, dropper post, ect. I am 100% faster on the appropriately sized 9er.

    After realizing the 26 was sized wrong I just couldn't like it. The one nice thing about it is I can ride it in my basement because it's small, but other than that it couldn't do anything my 29 couldn't do better.

    I ended up making the little old 26 a single speed and just ordered some new bars, bottom bracket, and new crankset. Pulled off the front brake and all the other crap that isn't absolutely necessary and now I like it again. It will be my new "fun" bike that is comparatively indestructible. It's something I can take to the skate park when my brother brings his BMX.

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    I just got a 27.5+ tire bike to replace my Salsa Moto-Rapido, but I'm having a hard time letting go.. I'm going to miss the light weight, and how easy it is to change directions compared to a larger tire bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Rhubarb View Post
    not period correct, but who cares? White Industries ENO hub and cog in the back, and feels like a rocket:

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    My "New Bike Fund" balance of $0 says I freaking love my 26er

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    I may actually ride mine this weekend!
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    I replaced my nearly 9 year old 26" hardtail with a 27.5+ DB Mason Comp hardtail last month. As luck would have it, this winter has been rainy and warm and terrible for riding, but I can't really think of much I preferred about my old bike, other than the set-up was pretty dialed. The geometry of my new bike is way more suited for how I like to ride. My old bike has been relegated to the trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    My move to a steel 29er came at the same time as my move to tubeless and thus lower tire pressures. Additionally, my 29er has a much nicer suspension fork than my 26er did. Therefore, it's really impossible for me to attribute any change in ride characteristics to frame material alone.

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    Thanks Dan-

    Yeah, that makes sense. Too many variables to account for. I've read other's who have posted their thoughts and was more an apples to apples bike like those that make the same bike and geo just offering variations in frame material.

    I suppose at the end of the day (a day I'm riding a different bike) it's ideal to have that feeling the new bike does it all, does it better and meets or exceeds expectations. Crediting the frame material, disc brakes or a different component set up hardly matters to me since I'm not nit-picking parts to build the thing myself. It's the sum of it's parts as it comes out of the box... in my case anyways. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_wynn View Post
    I'm about 6'1 and have a medium frame 26 that I rode for a year. Then last winter I bought a large frame 29 with hydraulic brakes, dropper post, ect. I am 100% faster on the appropriately sized 9er.

    After realizing the 26 was sized wrong I just couldn't like it. The one nice thing about it is I can ride it in my basement because it's small, but other than that it couldn't do anything my 29 couldn't do better.
    How would you rate the comfort of the ride on the new one? (as per your better fit).

    I'm wondering if I'm a bit cramped on my old 18" Kona and just never really got the best fit either. I added a longer stem a few years back bit I'm thinking the neck and shoulders area and good lung expansion and breathing has to be a few perks with a better fit if I should be stretched my out more.

    The longer rides I've done didn't seem to be uncomfortable but those were 15 to 19 miles(long rides for me) and did one big ride of 54 miles on a birthday of the same.
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    I'm still liking my old 2001 Litespeed Pisgah 26" hardtail, especially when it gets wet and messy. I swapped the stem (70mm Chromag Ranger), seatpost (RF Next), and also put a bigger (180mm) rotor up front after nearly running out of braking power on a long, steep downhill.

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    Carbon rims too. That bike looks sweet, I hope it is a great ride!!
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    oohhh, very nice.
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    I just picked up this on one 456 evo ii after having only ridden 29ers for the last year. Rides great, just different. Now I can burn through my stock of 26er rubber I have been staring atAnybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-img_8857.jpg

    I'll be putting my Hadley / mavic wheelset on it once I get around to setting them up tubeless.

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    I miss my Schwinn Factory Homegrown that I had to sell a few years back. I loved how quick the steering was and how it made me a better rider. That said, I absolutely love my SB5 and if I can only have 1 bike, it would be it. But I will be watching Craigslist and eBay in the near future to see if I can snag a good 26" HT again.
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    @crazydad, there's at least one on ebay right now. You know you want it.

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    @peter Oh crap. There is a Yeti built Homegrown frame my size. Wife might get mad at me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMac4108 View Post
    My "New Bike Fund" balance of $0 says I freaking love my 26er
    This is so true for many. My old Marin got set up as a commuter out of 'necessity', ages ago.
    It fits MY frame so well I haven't been able to part with it. I gave it a restoration this winter. It's gonna remain my go to and most likely will stay my one and only. Perfect for what I do.

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    I've got a HT 29er but also ride two 26er HT's. Both rigid. Love 'em and ride 'em often. Even though this thread is ancient, so are my bikes. I see no reason to abandon my 26er's. Steel is real and the bikes are so much fun.
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    yes, I still love my Barracuda that I bought in 94

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    Anybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-img_4210.jpg

    Nice. I turned my Barracuda A2E into a single speed as well, but only used the bits from the parts bin.

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    Thanks, yours is nice too, I really regret not having the original paintjob anymore. Mine is an A2M

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    All I ride, one tube fits them all. It's not like a new wheel size in the market suddenly makes my round 26" wheels square..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    All I ride, one tube fits them all. It's not like a new wheel size in the market suddenly makes my round 26" wheels square..
    But, but, butt.......they ain't some new fangled better mousetrap.
    DAMN THE MUD, FULL SPEED AHEAD!!

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    The 26er (2005) that replaced the Barracuda.



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    new wheels day last week
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    Not purely relevant, but I am certainly keeping my Redline D660 29er hardtail along side my new EX8 27.5+.....Did a 31 mile rail-trail ride on it the other day. So efficient, so fast! Also, figure it will keep foo foo miles off the Trek, decreasing operating costs a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    new wheels day last week
    Same
    Laced up some Flow EX's on Novatec hubs.

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    Anybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-rigid-hardtail.jpg

    There, I said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BumpityBump View Post
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    There, I said it.
    However:

    Full Rigid = Rigid

    So no need for the "full". Unless you're trying to annoy *Onespeed*
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    However:

    Full Rigid = Rigid

    So no need for the "full". Unless you're trying to annoy *Onespeed*
    Good point! I was trying to emphasize the "full" part, but obviously "rigid" implies "full". Doooh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    However:

    Full Rigid = Rigid

    So no need for the "full". Unless you're trying to annoy *Onespeed*
    How about a rigid with a ThudBuster?


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    There, I said it.
    But...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    But...
    Rigid is not a subclass of hardtail, IMO. Rigid is rigid, hardtail implies no rear suspension but does have front suspension, I think thudbuster would be it's own class, or maybe a subclass of rigid. I don't know HTF to draw that......

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    Rigid = Full Rigid = OW! = Is the frame gonna break?

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    And where do the softtails go on that diagram?

    Also, you're implying that there are full suspension that aren't front suspension and hardtails that aren't front suspension nor rigid. I think you need a different type of diagram.
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    what about stuff like allsops and flex stems, old scott endorphin or slingshots and yeah soft tails. And then suspension seatposts
    TO me,
    full rigid means non suspension component at all
    rigid is a frame that deosn't incoporate your regular suspension fork or whatever, eg fexstem, allsop, slingshot so it deosn't have actual suspension that we would think of, but it is not FS or HT or ST
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    And where do the softtails go on that diagram?

    Also, you're implying that there are full suspension that aren't front suspension and hardtails that aren't front suspension nor rigid. I think you need a different type of diagram.
    Decision tree might be better, I think. Here we have combinations we can't imagine how they look like :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    But...
    Fail diagram, sorry but confusing (wonder if you had one too many beers )

    Front suspension and hardtail are the exact same thing

    That at the least should be 2 circles, one side full suspension, other side rigid and middle is hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukon-RSX View Post
    Have a Rockhopper Pro and have had full suspension in the past, but my Pro isn't dead at all, far from it infact.
    I was unable to justify lugging around a FS when the trails I ride can be done easily on a hardtail, and I also like to feel what's going on under my rear wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAKC Ind View Post
    Fail diagram, sorry but confusing (wonder if you had one too many beers )

    Front suspension and hardtail are the exact same thing

    That at the least should be 2 circles, one side full suspension, other side rigid and middle is hardtail.

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    It was perfect...

    Stop making sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    It was perfect...

    Stop making sense
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    Yes! Just as a dirt jump bike though.
    I would love to get something like a Chromag HT as a trail bike.

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    Yes. I still do.


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    All I roll on is 26, it is not like the wheels went square when new sizes were pushed into the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    All I roll on is 26, it is not like the wheels went square when new sizes were pushed into the market.



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    On Sunday I was forced to ride my 26" hard tail with a rigid fork single speed because I used up all the brake pads on my late model full suspension bike.

    That single speed is my favorite bike.

    Everyone else in the group was on the latest gear pretty much. Well, as a group we're pretty laid back, but even so, the 26" bike with 2.3 rear and 2.5 tires front hung in there fine and did not drag me down.

    It was a steep and hilly ride, over 4,000 feet of climbing in less than 18 miles. The SS dominated the climbs. The slack long travel bikes had nothing on the SS on the climbs.

    However, on the DH, the 26 hung in the middle fine, until it flatted the front tire on the last half of the last grand descent of the day.

    So, definitely have to go tubeless, and say goodbye to the old tube system this year.

    But, 26" wheels are fine for me.

    Yeah, the trails were fairly smooth overall. If it were Moab or AZ or something, that bike would be a liability.

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    Having a newer bike for the first time in 15 years has created some favoritism but it's less about that and more getting to know the new bike and needed ride time on it.

    That said, I still keep the 26'ers and am getting more and more curious for riding them now that I've got the 27 plus and have a predictive feel for it's character.
    The '01 Kona h/t just got some fresh Schwalbe 2.4's and I'm really excited about playing around on them. Next ride will probably getting the new tires dirty.
    The rigid Spec from '91 needs a few updates and tweaks but is worth it's spot in the garage.
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    Yup, still luv it. Just freshened up some and waiting for trails to clear

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    1988 stumpy with coaster .... might be the best bike on MTBR
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    pics?
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    was a previous post on this thread, i tired to reply to it, but i guess it didnt work, now i cant find it
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    credit Johnny Rhubarb post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Rhubarb View Post
    also love my '88 Rockhopper comp, coasterbrake in the back

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    Here it is again !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by richa831 View Post
    Here it is again !!
    awesome...simple, full rigid..."reality"!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by richa831 View Post
    Here it is again !!
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    Something about a klunker in that teal or blue - green !
    Here's my 90-ish H Rock;
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    Hey thanks folks! It sure is a lovely ride, here are some more pics to show off

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    Just stumbled on this thread. All I have are 26" bikes, SS full rigid , geared full rigid, and front suspension. Really like how nimble and light they feel, none of them are what would be considered top shelf stuff, but they all climb really well.

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    Pictures or it didn't happen.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Pictures or it didn't happen.
    That's what I told Harvey Weinstein..*ba-doomp*

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    Man just looking at those rigid pictures and trails make my forearms and wrists hurt, however I love those grips, very sexy.

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    My old giant Yukon from 09' (new by some standards here obv lol)... still holds a special place in my heart even though it's currently in a state of disrepair I'll have it for the rest of my life being my first "real" (non Walmart) mtb.

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    Yes and no. I have two bikes and am increasingly going in a performance direction for the 27.5' and a jack of all trades for the 26".

    I 'like' the 26" as a backup bike on the trail, as a night/cold/road bike with hybrid 1.95" tires (with rear rack for duffel bag containing a jacket, sweatpants, flannel, etc.), and as an e-bike conversion. The 26" is an all-around bike, but no I don't like it as a main bike, no offense to anyone. I was thinking of putting on a 27.5' (aluminum) fork and front tire but I need to stick with steel up front if I'm going to do the front hub conversion.
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    Yes

    With a true temper frame set, 75mm marzzocchi fork, and 2.25 rear/2.4 front tires set up tubeless, I still have a blast on the trails.

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    Just building a new one from bits...

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    Anybody still like their 26" Hardtail?

    Yes , a lot !
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    What frame is that?? looks awesome.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    This is a pretty new build, April 28 2018, was the first ride. It's up to 355 miles now.

    Always have active 26" bikes in the stable.

    This one has rim brakes! Cane Creek Direct Pull. Work great, as long as it's dry!

    A good feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    This is a pretty new build, April 28 2018, was the first ride. It's up to 355 miles now.

    Always have active 26" bikes in the stable.

    This one has rim brakes! Cane Creek Direct Pull. Work great, as long as it's dry!

    A good feeling.
    Come on, you gotta tell us what frame it is!

    Both my 26ers are Reynolds, James Dragon (853) and Jamis Dakota XC converted to SS (631 and V-brakes).
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    It's an Airborne Sky Hag 853 tubing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post

    This one has rim brakes! Cane Creek Direct Pull. Work great, as long as it's dry!
    Canti-Lever or V-Brakes? Big Difference.

    Canti-Lever = old school death grip to stop.
    V-Brakes = still common, two-finger.

    Have V-Brakes on one of my bikes and works just as well as disk even when wet. Just have to set up right just like with anything.
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    V-brake

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Used to ride my hardtail 'Goose all over Bend OR when I lived there....
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    2012 but still current

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    18lbs, 1oz as pictured.

    340g Fast Freds, Michelin latex tubes, 72mm travel Angryasian fork (2.9lbs) w/Englund cartridges.

    It is more stable than one would expect, and an incredibly fast climber.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalinbob View Post

    18lbs, 1oz as pictured.

    w/Englund cartridges.


    Bob
    Very nice. Love the low weights and non-carbon fiber as well! Don't get that with 29ers.

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    Still ride this bad boy occasionally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshawk View Post
    Still ride this bad boy occasionally!

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    I have the same bike with a red Sid on it. It is our guest bike for my shorter friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    What frame is that?? looks awesome.
    Sorry for the late answer....

    It's a Kocmo
    https://www.kocmo.de/bikes/mtb/mono-26/mono-26
    That frame but with a Rohloff and belt option

    Custom made 26er since no one makes 26ers anymore.
    My midlife crisis bike.

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    Just rebuilt/restored mine and plan to ride the hell out of it:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro...-1-bam-bomber-

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupertpupkin View Post
    Just rebuilt/restored mine and plan to ride the hell out of it:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro...-1-bam-bomber-

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    I guess it is a bit, but it measures to about 67 degrees. as is, it rides very nicely. Obviously the 130mm fork contributes to the angle there.



    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    Looks slack

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupertpupkin View Post
    I guess it is a bit, but it measures to about 67 degrees. as is, it rides very nicely. Obviously the 130mm fork contributes to the angle there.
    Love the look!

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    Ready for winter with hydraulic breaks and KS dropper.


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    looking sharp!!
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    I just got my blown FiT damper fixed over the weekend and rode my 26" Yeti this morning. Still a hell of a lot more fun than the newer bikes.

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    Looks like I might be retiring my 26" Chameleon.
    I've been waiting for a replacement EBB since March from the (usually brilliant) Santa Cruz distributor.
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    Too much crossover with the rigid Kona Unit and I got the chance to get a 2012 Giant Anthem which complements the Unit quite well.
    Bars, seat, seatpost, cranks, pedals, brakes have gone over to the Anthem

    Still running a 26" (sorta).
    My 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper M5 has been reincarnated as a gravel bike with a 650b fork and 29" wheels.
    The 42mm tyres JUST clear the rear seat stay.

    The frame is still 26"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    looking sharp!!
    Thank. Its a sweet ride. Last winter I rode it with a rigid fork and it was a whole new experience.


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    I can't remember if I showed this thread some love recently or not so I'll just leave these here.



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    Every time I scroll past these two Coconino's I smile and remind myself to call Steve.

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    Fast, light, titanium

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    Quote Originally Posted by gforcegerry View Post
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    wow......really nice, is this the original condition or a restoration? that fork is very unique, kind of looks like like a Marzocchi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiter58 View Post
    wow......really nice, is this the original condition or a restoration? that fork is very unique, kind of looks like like a Marzocchi?
    It is original other than the tires, though I have put the green WGs back on it. These were Timet Ti frames from the 1990s, this a year 2000 model. The RSP 550 & RSP 600s were hand built in UK. Fork is a Rond Quake Air direct competitor to RS's SID. Real difference is the Quake has 32mm stanchions against SID's 28mm. So stiffer. I have a few of these frames from the original dating from 1993 to this which is one of the last in 2000.
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    Yes...

    Hi everyone just had built this up.

    Anybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-dsc01721.jpg

    A quick run on the street this afternoon was fun, can't wait to hit some trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi everyone just had built this up.

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    A quick run on the street this afternoon was fun, can't wait to hit some trails.

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    Trolling! Awesome build. I like the seatpost with some added cush. Is that a Specialized seatpost? What kind of wheels are those? It would be pretty amazing if those had SLX hubs to match.

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    Thanks Jack, yes the post is a Specialized CG-R Carbon model had it on the Troll a few years ago and I run one on my Cross Check too, a great post. As for the wheels they are a Specialized set that I picked up cheap a few years ago when they were clearing out the 26 inch sizes. When they need replacing I will look at an Shimano XT hub set and some WTB rims in the 27.5 size to run some Schwable G-One tyres.

    Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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    my museum piece

    Anybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-20181024_160922.jpgAnybody still like their 26&quot; Hardtail?-20181024_161643.jpg nearly all new, XT dual control, NOS Giant XTC frame. Sorry about the sideways pics, I am old and computer stupid
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