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    Recycling an old 26er

    I had a cheap hardtail my parents gave me for my 13th birthday. I'm now 20 and quite a bit taller, so it was way too short for me to ride comfortably (ETT 555 mm in 17") and had been sitting in the garage ever since I bought a new bike in October, 2015. Having no road/CX bike, I decided to turn this into a 26" "monstercross". Got a drop bar, new levers, and some bar end shifters, and it actually fits me quite nicely! I'm still working on it (it will get a new wheelset, brake rotors, cassette, brake levers, fork, and handlebar/stem) but I took it out for a ride today and it works even better than I expected (except the bearings in the read hub which are apparently pretty much dead).

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    Cool :0)

    But you need more whiz-worthy tyres. I use Specialized Nimbus Armadillo for road use, they'll cope with light trail use too, and are virtually impossible to puncture. Perfect for a fast MTB like yours.

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    I'll maybe get some Marathons in the future but for now, the Smart Sams still have lots of tread and are decently fast so they aren't going anywhere. My priority now is a new wheelset and a compact handlebar to make the bike actually rideable for longer distances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by praivo View Post
    My priority now is a new wheelset and a compact handlebar to make the bike actually rideable for longer distances.
    I use my hardtail for long road rides. It's durable and I like the upright position but boy is it compromised compared to a road-bike or even a big-wheeled hybrid. It's very noticeable. I have to work a lot harder than the guys on road bikes to keep the same pace.

    What sort of wheels were you thinking of?

    I really like the Nimbus tyres as they use a kevlar belt rather than a big block of rubber under the tread. It keeps the tyre reasonably light, rolls well and it doesn't feel as dead. The one recurring issue Specialized has had with these tyres is the tread peeling off the carcase. I guess it's hard to get it to stick to the kevlar. I've used at least four different versions of the Nimbus and had tread-lift with two of them. Specialized have replaced the tyres without question though, which is quite cool as you get brand new tyres to replace your worn ones ;0)

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    Nice job. Any updates. I am planning on doing something similar with my gary fisher big sur. From the looks of it I should be able to fit a 29er wheels on it. I already converted it to rigid and single.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    I use my hardtail for long road rides. It's durable and I like the upright position but boy is it compromised compared to a road-bike or even a big-wheeled hybrid. It's very noticeable. I have to work a lot harder than the guys on road bikes to keep the same pace.

    What sort of wheels were you thinking of?

    I really like the Nimbus tyres as they use a kevlar belt rather than a big block of rubber under the tread. It keeps the tyre reasonably light, rolls well and it doesn't feel as dead. The one recurring issue Specialized has had with these tyres is the tread peeling off the carcase. I guess it's hard to get it to stick to the kevlar. I've used at least four different versions of the Nimbus and had tread-lift with two of them. Specialized have replaced the tyres without question though, which is quite cool as you get brand new tyres to replace your worn ones ;0)
    Agreed on all points. That's why I ride my 26 alone or with other 26" riders. You just can't keep up with the big wheel guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    That's why I ride my 26 alone or with other 26" riders. You just can't keep up with the big wheel guys.
    Yeah, it's hard. Or at least it can be. Climbing or steep descents it doesn't make a lot of difference, I've left roadies on descents a few times, but on the flat you can't live with them. I've done it for years, you get by, but it's such hard work. I've just bought a road bike, which I've put flat bars on, for this reason. Forced into it.

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    Repurposed Rocky Ridge

    I did something similiar with my Marin Rocky Ridge. Lots of fun to ride and am looking for an even narrower tire. The brakes are Ashima cable/hydros that need a little more "tuning" in order to stop effectively.Recycling an old 26er-rockyridge.jpg

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    I have had these tires on a couple bikes. They work well and are dirt cheap.

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    Anyone have any WTB slickasaurus tires around? Those were quick and durable out here.

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