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Old 01-30-11, 08:36 AM   #1
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New bike advice: am I crazy to stick with a 26'er hardtail?

I'm thinking about getting a new MTB. Right now I ride a Gunnar Rock Hound 26'er steel hardtail with V-brakes, and I just kinda want something lighter and more up-to-date.

I've owned a full-suspension bike in the past, and it was OK, but I also had a rigid singlespeed at the time that I rode just as much, if not more. I pretty much felt like I wasn't having fun on the full-sus bike unless I was going at race-pace.

I have not ridden a 29'er. Based on what I've heard (me being a smaller rider who rides mostly tight technical trails), it doesn't sound like a 29'er would suit me. (BTW, if anyone knows of a shop in the Atlanta area that would let me test ride a 29'er out on an actual trail, let me know.)

So, I'm leaning toward a 26'er carbon-framed hardtail with disc brakes. Or maybe a Yeti Arc (aluminum frame). This would be my only mountain bike (my current bike will be doing commuter duty with a rigid fork and slick tires).

My question is... with everything I hear about full-sus and 29'ers being faster, etc, ... am I crazy for sticking with a 26'er hardtail?
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Old 01-30-11, 10:47 AM   #2
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Nope.
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No, if thats what you feel comfortable with go for it. I would not buy or buy any bike base on hear say. I know lots of small riders ( one who is 5'4 ) who love the 29er's and will never go back and big guys who swear by 26's. I continue to ride hardtails only because I have yet to ride any full suspension that I liked the feel of. For me the 29er just clicked with my riding style. Ride as many different types as you can and buy what you like and enjoy the ride.
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I'm thinking about getting a new MTB. Right now I ride a Gunnar Rock Hound 26'er steel hardtail with V-brakes, and I just kinda want something lighter and more up-to-date.

I've owned a full-suspension bike in the past, and it was OK, but I also had a rigid singlespeed at the time that I rode just as much, if not more. I pretty much felt like I wasn't having fun on the full-sus bike unless I was going at race-pace.

I have not ridden a 29'er. Based on what I've heard (me being a smaller rider who rides mostly tight technical trails), it doesn't sound like a 29'er would suit me. (BTW, if anyone knows of a shop in the Atlanta area that would let me test ride a 29'er out on an actual trail, let me know.)

So, I'm leaning toward a 26'er carbon-framed hardtail with disc brakes. Or maybe a Yeti Arc (aluminum frame). This would be my only mountain bike (my current bike will be doing commuter duty with a rigid fork and slick tires).

My question is... with everything I hear about full-sus and 29'ers being faster, etc, ... am I crazy for sticking with a 26'er hardtail?
I don't think you'll find a lighter more nimble MTB than a hardtail 26er.
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Being a small guy myself I've always felt like I was piloting an oil tanker down the trail while riding 29ers. I love me a well put together 26" Hardtail, though my dream bike would have to be a C'dale Scalpel, which is almost a hardtail.
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I love my 26 hardtail and still want to get an Arc someday, but have friends who have moved to 29 and love them. Of course I have other friends that think I am nuts for not riding a full suspension. Try them out and see what you like best. But I still think bang for the buck still goes to a 26" HT.
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Nope.
+1. Everything has its pros and cons, but at the end of the day, I see a lot to like about 26" hardtails for XC. Too bad they don't have a big shiny PR bandwagon for everyone to jump onto
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The only problem I have with my 26 f/s is.....
It is too damned fast down hills. Dangerous fast. Takes some of the technical know how out of it. The only thing I have to think about when going down hill is "slow the hell down"
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The only problem I have with my 26 f/s is.....
It is too damned fast down hills. Dangerous fast. Takes some of the technical know how out of it. The only thing I have to think about when going down hill is "slow the hell down"
well thanks for posting this now. Where was this wisdom early in December?

Its true, F/S will get you going quicker, know your surroundings.

I asked the same question for about a year as OP and ended up staying 26 because its what I'm used to and really works well for me. Some of the quick switch backs in the SW are what convinced me to stay with the slightly smaller ride. The 29er tires roll over the rocks better. I decided i would let the Fox people take care of the rocks, I need help with nimble.
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If the multi time winner of the leadville 100 rides a hardtail i think it is good for 99.9% of us mortals.
That ain't no piece of cake trail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V8YC...eature=related

I have a rigid, two hardtail's and a FS. I tend to ride the hardtail 90% of the time.
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How long ago did you own a FS? The tech has changed a lot in the past 10yrs. You should look into some XC bikes.
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