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    Specialized 2013 Mountain Bike lineup

    It contains no 26" XC bikes at all (Epic and Stumpjumper HT 26" are gone), is this the death knell of the 26" race bike? Similar to what happened in motocross, the factories obsoleted the two stroke race bike (in favor of the four stroke) and you no longer see them in pro competition.

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    I think specialized is making a mistake here. if I were to look for a second bike, it would be a epic 26er to compliment my ht 29er. I would never race a fs 29er- too heavy and it's overkill for any trail I've ever ridden. Plus they're telling anyone under 5' 5" or so they don't want their business. Fast forward 5 years and I bet 26 will be eliminated in favor of 650b, but this is premature I think on e big S's side.

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    i've used a bunch of different bikes in both wheel sizes and am riding a 26 full suspension right now and it strikes me that the FS on a 26 platform is the best of both worlds. I think they are making a mistake, but perhaps they have their reasons.

    Most riders like me have pretty basic stuff that keeps us from wining races related to fitness and bike handling. I don't think the wheel size of the bikes is what holds up back

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    Rumor has it trek is doing the same. I love my 26 FS, kinda bummed. There will always be other companies making them I'm sure though.

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    I'm already a minority with the people I ride with. Seems like EVERYONE rides a 29er now. I havent rode one I just had to have though. I'll stick with my kids bike until then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy135 View Post
    I would never race a fs 29er- too heavy and it's overkill for any trail I've ever ridden.
    The Epic Comp 29er in medium is 27.5 lbs stock this year. That's great for a $3,000 FS bike in any wheel size.

    And the S-Works is under 23lbs stock. I fail to see how that is heavy.

    You must be riding some boring trails if you feel like a 100mm travel 29er is overkill for everything you do.

    Just saying.

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    I think the Big S is just responding to the market. I know a local shop that can't get rid of cross country 26" bikes. They have a 2009 Cannodale that's heavy discounted and a great deal but everyone wants 29ers.

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    The S-works Epic 29 is under 22lbs with autosag and a brain. That is perfect race weight IMO.
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    The fastest cat1 (overall) at the last race I did was on one of those too heavy FS 29er bikes.

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    I was very surprised at the Canadian Championships when I started counting the 26 vs. 29ers. More than half the riders we're on 29ers!

    With that said, leaving the customer with less options is never a good idea but I also understand that they can keep costs lower with a narrower range of frames et components to stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    The S-works Epic 29 is under 22lbs with autosag and a brain. That is perfect race weight IMO.
    I'll agree with you that 22lbs is a good weight, but the average racer doesn't want to spend $10000 for a 22 lb bike, when for $4000 you can get a 21 lb HT 29er or 23 lb FS 26er.

    Granted, I'm a HT 29er convert. The only time I've ever wanted something else is on tight trials where flick-ablity of a FS 26er would have been nice.

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    I think we all know if is about volume when you get that big. They will leave a 26 FS race bike to a boutique maker. I have been to two Specialized concept stores here in SoCal. I can get a FS 26 now. They each had some. If I want a 29er sworks, I must wait til September is their guess - one said October more likely. Almost everyone I race with in my cat1 age group is a 29er rider. With 27.5 coming out of the gates strong this year with a lot of companies, I would assume the 26er is dead for most high volume makers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy135 View Post
    I'll agree with you that 22lbs is a good weight, but the average racer doesn't want to spend $10000 for a 22 lb bike, when for $4000 you can get a 21 lb HT 29er or 23 lb FS 26er.
    Agreed. You could buy a 29er HT and a 26er FS and still have cash left for race entries!

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    In these parts, the 26" bike is nearly dead at the race scene. I am not saying that a 26" is better or worse, just that sales seem to have dropped dramatically in the last couple of seasons.

    The weapon of choice for the majority of riders out here is a 29er hardtail. I am guessing that would account for 80% of the race bikes purchased in the last few years.

    I anticipate also that Speshie, along with others will begin focusing on the design and the release of 27.5ers within the next couple of seasons. This leaves less time and energy to produce lesser selling 26ers imo..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasteelG View Post
    And the S-Works is under 23lbs stock. I fail to see how that is heavy.

    You must be riding some boring trails if you feel like a 100mm travel 29er is overkill for everything you do.

    Just saying.


    And agree with rydbyk. 29ers are really all you see at races where I am.

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    New 26" trail and XC bikes are a dying breed in the shops around here, you just don't see them. A company like Specialized or Trek would be crazy to keep making them if that is the case nationwide. The market is demanding 29ers, they need to make what the market is asking for, and it seems they are.

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    I am good friends with the owner of my LBS and he is having trouble pushing out his stock of 26s and can't get 29s in as fast as they go out the door (try ordering a carbon epic 29).

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    29ees are pretty much all I see at races now, let's see how much negative rep I can garner with a basic statement. I love the stupid comnents I get from the select few that think they own this forum.

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    A bunch of 26" Spesh Stumpjumper FSR bikes on scales in this article

    2013 Specialized Mountain Bikes – Complete Overview & Actual Weights - Bike Rumor
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