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    Is the rigid 26er dead?

    It seems like the fully rigid 26" geared mountain bike is dying out....I can't seem to find one on the websites of the major MTB players.

    Why is that? IMHO, a rigid 26er with semi-slicks is the ultimate "do-everything" bicycle. It would be sad to see them vanish.

    Will the rigid 26" MTB die out?.... at least in the form of mainstream mass production.
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    My opinion: what market there is, (which is limited ) has been split with cross bikes. As long as there are buyers there should be some available. Probably a dinosaur as far as mass production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    My opinion: what market there is, (which is limited ) has been split with cross bikes. As long as there are buyers there should be some available. Probably a dinosaur as far as mass production.
    I tend to agree that cross bikes have really taken off, and reduced the target audience for a 26 rigid.

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    . . . or maybe with the interest in Lance and the TDF in recent years, people went back to riding road bikes on the road .

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    Not sure about rigid 26ers, but I hear rock 'n roll is dead.
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    Rigid 26'ers have all but been replaced by rigid 29'ers. I guess they figure that the 29'er will take some of the harshness out of the trail.

    My crapper will be rigid soon, I hope. I think riding rigid is fun. I think riding a dually is more fun though.

    I think it's funny how the rigid-minded stereotype is swinging.

    Rigid (probably the purists and non-mechanical types)
    Singlespeed (weight-weenie purist non-mecanical types)
    29'er (functional for bump-eatage)
    Mary'esque-fleagle'y bars (I have no idea)

    Not that I don't like the odd bars, I just fail to understand the connection between weird bars and ss.rigid.29'ers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    IMHO, a rigid 26er with semi-slicks is the ultimate "do-everything" bicycle.
    A hybrid?

    A mountain bike isn't made to do everything.. its made for riding trails.

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    Work in progress....

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    I think my next bike will be a rigid 26". I've done the double squish thing, and while fun, I think I want to go back to the "connected" feeling of a hardtail. And I don't think a 29er would work as well on tight trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDYTDY View Post
    Work in progress....
    OMG...did you actually drill out the blades on your levers?! Weenie to da max. I think they refer to that as "tuned" but that's just g-to-da-hey phatdaddy!


    Looks like an "uber light" rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDYTDY View Post
    Work in progress....
    sweet!

    frame?

    target weight?

    looks very nice...i still would have done disc, but that is okay

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    A hybrid?

    A mountain bike isn't made to do everything.. its made for riding trails.
    My bike does what I tell it...or it gets the hose.

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    mine tried to die way back when it was hit by a car commuting but after some time in the frame stand (gotta love steel) she is fully healed and more than happy to go play in the woods on call

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    My bike does what I tell it...or it gets the hose.
    "It rides the trail against the wind or else it gets the hose again."





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    I got carried away working late one night at my machine shop......

    The frame is a Motobecane Fly,

    It built up at just under 20lbs

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    holes on shifters??

    and what fork is that?
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    Damn - I want a bike made out of Drillium as well!

    The rigid 26" wheeled mtn bike died when the Mag 21 started coming stock on bikes. However, all you have to do is buy a hardtail and swap out the fork and you're in bizniz. I have a rigid SS that I enjoy on short fun singletrack rides, but I would never take it out to the "real" mountains unless it was on a dare or something. One of these days I will try a Big Wheel and see what all the fuss is about.
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    I saved one from the dead. My neighbor was about to trash a rigid Novarra from the early 90's. I took it and converted to SS with a $20 kit. Now it's my beer run bike

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    im thinking about running my dirtjumper with a rigid fork soon, so they arent completely dead
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
    I saved one from the dead. My neighbor was about to trash a rigid Novarra from the early 90's. I took it and converted to SS with a $20 kit. Now it's my beer run bike
    Nice! I've got a similar vintage Iron Horse somethingorother that the manager of one of our LBS gave me when they were cleaning out their surplus junk. Gonna clean it up, repaint it our company's colors and make it the workplace pop-down-to-the-corner errand bike to save on car trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Not sure about rigid 26ers, but I hear rock 'n roll is dead.

    Rock and roll will NEVER die, sir. Never. I also understand it's not noise pollution as once thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    Rock and roll will NEVER die, sir. Never. I also understand it's not noise pollution as once thought.
    Sir Never? I didn't know he got knighted. Man, those Alberta guys get all the perks.
    First Class Jerk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    Rock and roll will NEVER die, sir. Never. I also understand it's not noise pollution as once thought.
    I only report on what I have heard.

    Edit: ACDC rocks because all of their music rocks.
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