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    Looking for a vintage steel 26er frame that will take 2.3 tires

    Sold all of my bikes a few years ago and getting back into the game, but this time Im looking for a rigid, vintage, steel 26er that will accept tires with a lot of volume...probably something in the 2.3 range. Am I dreaming?

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    Bontrager race lite. Ibis mojo.
    Problem is finding 26 tires.
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    Wow! Really? Ive been out of the bike scene for a few years, but I had no idea that 26 tires are getting hard to find.

    BTW, I saw in another thread where someone was fitting 2.5 tires on the early 90s Trek lugged 900 series frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMotoMan View Post
    Wow! Really? Ive been out of the bike scene for a few years, but I had no idea that 26 tires are getting hard to find.

    BTW, I saw in another thread where someone was fitting 2.5 tires on the early 90s Trek lugged 900 series frames.
    I recall running those Specialized extreme GC 2.5s way back on my Fat Chance. Didnt like the tires.
    I still ride 26, i use Schwalbe Hans Dampfs in the 26x2.35 on my modern rig, just bough new tires back in august.

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    WTB Mutano Raptors come in 2.4 and run big IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    WTB Mutano Raptors come in 2.4 and run big IMO.
    Those Mutano tires (my favorite) are really hard to find now but there's a slightly gnarlier version called the Wolverine 26x2.2 that's just as big. Nashbar had a great deal on Wolverines (RIP), but I see some on eBay today.

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    I have 2.3" Conti Verticals on a Kona Lava Dome. Mind you my Kona Hei Hei is ti and lucky to fit 2.0.

    A mate had 2.4" WTB somethings on a GT Timberline.

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    Schwalbe still makes tons of 26in tires, their nobby nic and tabletops have a skinwall version as well. I couldn't fit 2.35 Hans Dampf on my bontrager, it will take a 2.25 nobby nics though. I have had zero problem finding 26in tires, just about everyone still makes them as far as I know.
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    I have some 2.3 WTBs on my old Bro Eddy. No tire rub on either stays or the rigid fork. Caveat - have to deflate the tire and unhook the v-brake noodle to install/remove the tire. I have a similar vintage Ti Mojo with 2.3 WTBs. It's probably the widest I'd go without risking tire rub or mud clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    I have had zero problem finding 26in tires, just about everyone still makes them as far as I know.
    Yeah, they're still available pretty much everywhere.
    Dunno how anyone is having trouble finding them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Yeah, they're still available pretty much everywhere.
    Dunno how anyone is having trouble finding them.
    I cant find good 26 tires in the LBS around me. All they stock is s***ty, heavy, stiff 26 rubber for urban cruisers. I can only find good 27.5 and 29 mtb tires and i dont blame the LBS when every new bike is either 29 or 27.5. The cycling industry canned the 26in rim brake wheel.
    I buy from the LBS not ebay.
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    So tires are available.

    OP, if you're good with used the are a lot of bikes on eBay, pinkbike, and occasionally my local Clist (don't know about yours).

    I think it's worthwhile to get something disc brake compatible though, to get more rim/wheel choices that incorporate easy tubeless set ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    I buy from the LBS not ebay.
    Okay. So have your LBS order what you want and pay the upcharge.

    Or order them yourself and next time you're in your LBS, just hand them $20-$30 cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Okay. So have your LBS order what you want and pay the upcharge.

    Or order them yourself and next time you're in your LBS, just hand them $20-$30 cash.
    Mind you.. i am not campaigning against 26in wheels. Thats all i ride. I just watch companies leaving xc 26in wheels behind. And i am sad about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Mind you.. i am not campaigning against 26in wheels. Thats all i ride. I just watch companies leaving xc 26in wheels behind. And i am sad about it.
    I'm just confused as to why you wouldn't buy what you want just because it's not sitting on a shelf at your local LBS. There's a practically endless supply of 26" tires readily available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    I'm just confused as to why you wouldn't buy what you want just because it's not sitting on a shelf at your local LBS. There's a practically endless supply of 26" tires readily available.
    Because you are wrong: there is not an endless supply of 26" tires. I can buy some. There is a few around. I am not in the US. I have to pay expensive shipping, customs and I dont like ebay.
    Last i bought was from a US shop called Black Mountain Cycles.
    When it comes to rims its even worse.
    Otoh i am still riding my 26in rim brake mtbs in spite of troubles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    When it comes to rims its even worse.
    And when it comes to rim brake rims, at least quality ones... yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Because you are wrong: there is not an endless supply of 26" tires. I can buy some. There is a few around. I am not in the US. I have to pay expensive shipping, customs and I dont like ebay.
    Last i bought was from a US shop called Black Mountain Cycles.
    When it comes to rims its even worse.
    Otoh i am still riding my 26in rim brake mtbs in spite of troubles.
    I don't do e-bay either, but all the major online shops have them.

    Chain Reaction alone show 175 results, and they're not in the US either.

    Whatever. Up to you if you'd prefer not to get them, but they're definitely widely available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    I cant find good 26 tires in the LBS around me. All they stock is s***ty, heavy, stiff 26 rubber for urban cruisers. I can only find good 27.5 and 29 mtb tires and i dont blame the LBS when every new bike is either 29 or 27.5. The cycling industry canned the 26in rim brake wheel.
    I buy from the LBS not ebay.
    Can they order tires for you? Most shops are happy to take your money if you insist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    I don't do e-bay either, but all the major online shops have them.

    Chain Reaction alone show 175 results, and they're not in the US either.

    Whatever. Up to you if you'd prefer not to get them, but they're definitely widely available.
    Yes, very widely available. Chain reaction actually has more 26 mtb options than they do 29 or 27.5 mtb tires. All my local lbs carry 26 tires as well, but I do live in an area with a big mtb community.

    I find it funny when people say they cant find 26 mtb tires anymore and then within a few seconds online I can see retailers with more selection of 26 that any other size.

    Here is what chain reaction is showing for selection of mtb specific tires by size.

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    "Looking for a vintage steel 26er frame that will take 2.3 tires"



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