Are 26ers dead?

More
5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #43865 by boogenman
boogenman replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?

slower_than_u wrote:
. We were planning on riding in Pisgah on day three until the guy at the local bike shop said "nothing you can ride in Dupont will prepare you for pisgah.


What does that mean?
Last Edit: 5 years 7 months ago by boogenman.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
5 years 7 months ago #43863 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?
Damn, I've been thinking about Asheville a lot in the past few weeks, and you guys aren't making it any easier.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #43862 by Scotto
Scotto replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?
Don't forget Rabb Himself. Here is a pic of Dan during one of his better water crossing moments.
Attachments:
Last Edit: 5 years 7 months ago by Scotto.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #43861 by slower_than_u
slower_than_u replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?

Moto Mike wrote: That had to be a fun rig to go bombing down Ridgeline on! I love that trail.


There was so much to like in Dupont but Ridgeline was my favorite. I rode it twice and some in our group did it three times. We were planning on riding in Pisgah on day three until the guy at the local bike shop said "nothing you can ride in Dupont will prepare you for Pisgah."

EDIT****(Sorry Dan, I miscounted in the first picture I posted.)
The gang at the end of the airstrip.


I agree with the comments above. The 26er excels at change of direction, feels more natural over jumps and accelerates better. I only experienced one "I wish I had 29er wheels" moment in three days of riding when the front tire got partially hung up in some rocks. I'll keep the 29er hardtail for when I want a fast roller that climbs efficiently. The 26er will probably come out for everything else.

Not very fast but havin' fun!
www.bluelinebicyclerepair.com
Last Edit: 5 years 7 months ago by slower_than_u.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
5 years 7 months ago #43860 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?

Jon Sundquist wrote: If you only do one ride on a 29er coming from the small wheels, I don't think you can make a judgment.


Truer words have never been spoken. I loved my 29'er for the first few rides, but after a while, not so much. Thank god for eBay.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
5 years 7 months ago #43859 by Painfulldischarge
Painfulldischarge replied the topic: Re: Are 26ers dead?

Jon Sundquist wrote:

Painfulldischarge wrote: I would also point out that it takes a little while to get used to the bigger wheels. If you only do one ride on a 29er coming from the small wheels, I don't think you can make a judgment. I don't knwo what I adjusted (I could never be a coach), but after several rides and dialing in the geometry over and over again, my 29er handles just as well and is just as fun as the old 26".


You're making an assumption that I only rode it once, which is wrong. I did three rides of 20+ miles. I also adjusted the suspension for my weight and riding style. I am sure that if I rode the bike for a month or so, I would have it more dialed and could handle it better. What I liked was that I had the exact same bike that I ride in a 29" to make the comparision.

I also did not make a "judgment." I don't think a 29er is less fun, just different as I see the 26" vs 29". But my experience seems to be pretty common with most comments on about a 29er.


Buy the ticket, take the ride. -HST

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

You are not logged in.

Time to create page: 0.345 seconds

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.