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If one still has 26" tire bikes right now, should they keep or sell?

Old 05-18-20, 09:11 PM
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If one still has 26" tire bikes right now, should they keep or sell?

I keep hearing I should let it go, but it's nicest bike than anything I have ever gotten. I feel that I could also just as well swap out the tires to road friendly ones and I'd enjoy it just as much for a work bike, but I am torn and feel that if I don't rid it now I miss the chance to sell it while there are still parts to fix it.
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The only parts of a 26" tire bike that are unique to 26" are the wheels and tires. There are so darn many 26" bikes out there, that tires will be available for a long time. And how much are you really going to lose by letting its resale value go to zero?

I'm still riding two 27" tire bikes. I keep saying, when they need new tires and 27" are no longer available, I'll replace the wheels. The bikes will probably outlast me.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
If u simply swap to skinny tires on a 26" wheel, u adversely cyange the geometry and lower the BB height.

instead, the proper way to go about it ...is to replace the 26" with a 650b rim and slightly skinnier tires.

since 650b is the future.
Are the sizes compatible though? I wasn't able to fit hybrid wheel and tire onto the 26" bike, but I think the hybrid wheel was 700c.
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Old 05-18-20, 09:57 PM
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Do you have a mountain bike with knobby tires? As another poster mentioned, there are so many 26" bikes out there and they will not be going away anytime soon. There are a lot of smooth 26" tires out there. Luckily the cruiser is a style of bike that uses 26" wheels and there are many flavors of tires for it.

A nice fat smooth tire is more comfortable than a skinny one so if you aren't doing anything competitively and you like your bike just get smooth tires.

Pictured is a MTB conversion I did with smooth tires

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Old 05-18-20, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
If u simply swap to skinny tires on a 26" wheel, u adversely cyange the geometry and lower the BB height.

instead, the proper way to go about it ...is to replace the 26" with a 650b rim and slightly skinnier tires.

since 650b is the future.
Doesn't that only work if you have disc brakes?

Online there are many, many 26" tires available. For off road, hybrid and road. Your LBS will not have many, if any because they only have so much space. Schwalbe, Michelin and Continental are some good choices, Keep the diameter in the 1.8-2.0" range and it should not change the characteristics of the bike
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Old 05-18-20, 10:18 PM
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There's probably more 26" bikes being made than anything else even if they are all low end bikes these days. The size itself is great and very versatile. 650b might be arguably even better but it's possible you could convert to it later on if you wanted.
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Old 05-18-20, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
Doesn't that only work if you have disc brakes?

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oh yeah, I forgot that he probably have canrilvere brakes. Scratch my previous comment.

on second thought, he could convert to caliper brakes. Aldoe, that will decrease braking power.

but since the new role is a conmuter, caliper should be adequate.

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Old 05-18-20, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CaptainPlanet View Post
I keep hearing I should let it go, but it's nicest bike than anything I have ever gotten. I feel that I could also just as well swap out the tires to road friendly ones and I'd enjoy it just as much for a work bike, but I am torn and feel that if I don't rid it now I miss the chance to sell it while there are still parts to fix it.
There are still tires and rims out there for 26 bikes. There are few options for new forks but there are lots of good used ones around. I have five 26 wheeled bikes

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and I dont plan on getting rid of any of them. The mountain bikes are all fully capable of doing anything a 29er does. And, give that the 27.5ers are an admission that the 29er was a mistake, Im expecting the announcement of the revolutionary new 559er any day now
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Install a pair of KENDA K838 "slicks".
These are perhaps the best Street & Pavement tires that you could ever install on a 26" (559mm) mountain bike wheel.
They are smooth and fast, and quiet.
A great tire that is also very inexpensive. Don't let the low price fool you as these are better than some tires at twice their cost!
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Plenty of great 26 tires and rims still available. In fact I am about to build another titanium mountain bike with 26" wheels and an original XT gruppo. 26" in the 559 ISO diameter is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. Sure maybe not a ton of super high end modern stuff but plenty of quality stuff and useful stuff for tourists and commuters as well as mountain bikers.
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Old 05-18-20, 11:19 PM
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There's one 650b bike in the family fleet. Two issues. First, tires are not cheap. If 650b catches on, it will take years before there are enough bikes out there to develop a competitive market for the tires. Second, it's extremely hard to service tires on "tubeless ready" rims. I think 650b is one of those gratuitous changes that the industry makes, that serves little purpose for mainstream cyclists.
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There's one 650b bike in the family fleet. Two issues. First, tires are not cheap. If 650b catches on, it will take years before there are enough bikes out there to develop a competitive market for the tires. Second, it's extremely hard to service tires on "tubeless ready" rims. I think 650b is one of those gratuitous changes that the industry makes, that serves little purpose for mainstream cyclists.
The rims are wider than 26" wheels usually run which is good, but otherwise pretty pointless.
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Old 05-19-20, 06:17 AM
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I procured my mountain bike in 2004. At the time 26" was the thing and disk brakes were an extra expense. So I have 26" wheels and V brakes.

I rode the bike probably a total of 300 miles from 2004 to fall of 2018 when I went for a Rail Trail ride with a friend that has a 29" disk brake bike with premium forks. Nice guy and all but he made a point of mentioning that he has < > on his bike and I didn't. And on the actual ride of about 18 miles, he smoked me. I though I was going to expire before we finished the ride.

Today, I'm still riding the 26" V brake bike and he is still riding his 29" disk brake premium fork bike but there is a difference. 18 miles is just getting warmed up for me now as I'm doing 50-60 mile rides several times a week. 20 miles is my friends limit and on such a ride together he is now the one begging for mercy.

I will confess that when my friend was comparing his bike to mine it did make me feel that I would be happier with something better. I no longer feel that way about it though.
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My GT 26" mtn.bike is still going strong. For what little $ it would bring, wouldn't even think of selling it (would keep it even if it would sell for a decent price). It's still fun to get it out on the trails, and seems to handle the trails as well as I do! My vote: Keep it!

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You will set smoked on a 26 vs a 29'r.

I find a 29'r to be a beast. Have an 09' Cobia. Never ride it because of the BB5 brakes (Pure ****), which I will upgrade. It fits fine, but just way more than I need.

I will keep riding my old super v for now!

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Originally Posted by CaptainPlanet View Post
I keep hearing I should let it go, but it's nicest bike than anything I have ever gotten. I feel that I could also just as well swap out the tires to road friendly ones and I'd enjoy it just as much for a work bike, but I am torn and feel that if I don't rid it now I miss the chance to sell it while there are still parts to fix it.
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I have about 10 of them in rideable condition and no plans whatsoever in getting rid of them. I can always take the tires off one if we ever run out of 26's. lol
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26" is a great wheel size. It's not dead yet, some great tires are still being made for it!
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i worry 26 slick tires is heavy and bouncy.
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No way am I'm replacing my 26" wheels. Maybe I need to go tire shopping?
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A question that only you can answer. I have two questions:

1. How much money do you think you could realistically get for it? Where do you keep it now? Is it in the way? Try shopping as if you were going to buy a comparable bike and consider how much that amount of money would change your lifestyle. That's the value of selling it.

2. If you decide to keep it, how do you plan to use it? How much do you think having it would improve your lifestyle. That's the value of keeping it.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i worry 26 slick tires is heavy and bouncy.
Only if you want it to be.
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The tires make a much larger difference than the wheel diameter, especially on road, and there are very good tires available for 26" wheels. 29" wheels roll over obstacles more easily, but the smoother the surface the less difference there is. Smaller wheels used to be common on triathlon bikes (650c usually) because they have a smaller frontal area that results in less aerodynamic drag, and aerodynamic drag is more important than the rolling resistance drag at speeds above ~25 km/h.

If your bearings are in good condition and you have decent tires (my favourite is Panaracer Pasela, which is available in several widths for 26" wheels) and you feel slower than your riding partners, it's not the fault of your wheel size.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i worry 26 slick tires is heavy and bouncy.
454 grams each with nice shock absorption at 20 - 25 psi. A little pricey, but they are hard to beat when flying down a gravel road on a sunny day!.

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You'll have to pry my 26" wheeled bikes from my cold, dead hands.

If you like your bike, keep it and ride it.
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