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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    I have a Bontrager race Lite I built up that is a blast to ride as well as my 93 Slingshot. They are fun projects. Several vintage forums and FB pages devoted to them. Go for it. That said, my 275+ hardtail is my modern go to ride.
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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    I have one mtb and it’s a 26er.

    It doesn’t really make sense, outside of a nostalgic context, or when I ride with my kids.

    It’s possibly the only Rhygin Juke with discs in the world.

    I consider a drop bar conversion at least once a year.

    The fat tires almost make it relevant in some way. Almost.

    It was an impulse craigslist score, and I love it...


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    OK, that one doesn't count! Very cool, plus it's rigid AND disc. I for one found my first MTB, a very aggressive xc 26er, an over-the-bars catapult, and despite sticking to bikes with road bike angles, going over the bars evaporated for me when I went to 29. But if a bike didn't feel like that, I could see its benefit on the tightest, twistiest singletrack. TTX1, amazing drop bar gravel bike you would have there, but you should try some of the new Vittoria graphene MTB tires on that first - they make them in 26!
     

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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    Quote Originally Posted by zambenini View Post
    TTX1, amazing drop bar gravel bike you would have there, but you should try some of the new Vittoria graphene MTB tires on that first - they make them in 26!
    I just might take this advice, as the Schwalbe tires are 10 years old. Literally, been on the bike 10 years. The pic is probably 5-6 years old.

    To bring it back to the OP's agenda, 26x2.35 is pretty close to some 27.5 sizes in OD... The point is: There are some cool uses for 26ers depending on your agenda.

    Cruiser, rat rod, drop bar gravel bike, wall hanger... If the frame can fit fit tires, there are plenty of arguments to be made for 26ers. @Nierman's bike comes to mind...



    And there's nothing wrong with skinny 26" rims, either.

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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    Sounds like the secret to a great 26er is to avoid riding modern MTBs.

    I remain safe having not swung a leg over a modern MTB yet. Though it remains on the list of things to do in the near future.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewheels View Post
    Sounds like the secret to a great 26er is to avoid riding modern MTBs.

    I remain safe having not swung a leg over a modern MTB yet. Though it remains on the list of things to do in the near future.
    This applies to many different techs. People don't see the use of disc brakes before they ride them and then become easily converted. Same applies to non cycling things. People are talking 8k tvs but before that 4k, hd, bluerays were decent enough quality. Before that DVD were so much better than VHS we were happy with that. My last TV was a CRT and I have been using laptops and 22" pc monitor to watch tv/videos since then. OK I can see when I visit a friend that his giant screen seems to be much nicer than mine but since I don't visit them to watch tv I don't really "experience" the difference and thus I don't see the immediate appeal.
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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    Do what YOU want.

    I have a bunch of 90's mountain bike, hardtails, front sus, full sus. All obsolete. I ride them all the time, with pals and by myself.

    I've never been left behind by anyone on a never rig. In fact, folks are more impressed that "the old guy on the old bike" can keep up.

    Then again , I'm not racing anymore. when I was - I had the latest and greatest, thinking it would help...hah yeah, it didn't.

    I may end up with a newer bike someday, and have noting against them, but I don't need one to enjoy the ride.
     

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    To be honest, if gravel bikes are fashionable, this is also because mountainbike have now become so capable that they make tame trails boring. Not everybody has the whistler bike parks in his backyard.
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    Default Re: This is nuts right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bewheels View Post
    Sounds like the secret to a great 26er is to avoid riding modern MTBs.

    I remain safe having not swung a leg over a modern MTB yet. Though it remains on the list of things to do in the near future.
    Just as it's too easy now listening to compressionless audio with a mini-dac onto your headphones.
    Boring.
    Get a vinyl setup and enjoy the achievement
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    vuolsi così colà dove si puote
    ciò che si vuole, e più non dimandare"

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